Bags of frozen separate or mixed veggies can make life incredibly easy --- can be eaten steamed or in a stir-fry, or added to just about anything, and only take a couple of minutes to heat.
Batch cooking chicken breasts and thighs, pork chops, ham, or even (although it makes me cringe to think it) steaks and freezing in individual portions means that you can just pull them out of the freezer and heat to add to either your salad or stir-fry or omelet. It's even easier and quicker if you pulled them out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge the night before.
Honestly, my two main quick, one-pan meals are a stir-fry or an omelet. Either of these can be made in countless ways, so it never seems like I'm eating the same thing day after day. I change out the meat that I use, the mix of veggies (although there's always onion, garlic, and mushrooms), and even the cheese (I keep at least 3 or 4 types of cheese around all of the time). For the stir-fry I also tend to play around with the sauce, for totally different flavours.
I also make a point of always making way too much of casseroles or pilafs when I do have more time to cook. These freeze well, so there's usually an assortment of individual servings in the freezer for me to thaw when I have less time.
As for hating to cook, well, I am just learning so still find it fun. I love the adventure of putting different things together and playing with spices to get different flavours from the "same old things". I am with you on the dislike of doing dishes, though, so have become pretty much of a "one-pot wonder".
Good luck figuring out what works best for you!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
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