Meal Planning for Lazy People
Sunday, January 06, 2013
I'm not one for planning. I'm disorganized and late for everything. (Sorry, World). It's not that I'm not "good" at it. (I'm not, but that's not the point.) It's that I am also one of those Procrastinator types. (My bad again, World.) I realize this is a problem.
One thing I am pretty good at is being Lazy. I have been called Queen Lazy (I prefer Her Royal Highness Queen Lazy if you must know). Sometimes being lazy is a bad thing, but I prefer to think of it as making things as easy as humanly possible.
One of the things I do to stay lazy is I cook with a lot of frozen vegetables. Even when those same vegetables are in season. Listen, I do not have time to be preparing those fresh veggies (ok maybe I do, not the point!). But let me tell you, I tried for a long long time to be a person that cooks with a lot of fresh veggies. I do eat more fresh veggies than most people I know but I know a lot of college students. Lots of times my fresh veggies go bad. I have pretty much stopped buying fresh broccoli at this point.
Frozen stuff I stick to? Just about anything followed by "stir fry". Broccoli stir fry. Sugar snap stir fry, etc. Store brand, unless I'm going organic or there's a miraculous sale. Easy peasy "side*", throw it in a wok with some non stick spray, italian seasoning, pepper, whatever seasoning you like.
**As of late I've been out of salsa (I keep forgetting to buy it. List? Ha!) so I have been enjoying my veggie "side" with grated parmesan. Same calories as salsa, low sodium, lots of zing.**
I also am a fan of prepared frozen fish fillets. They're more expensive than I like (isn't everything) but my other options is what, prepare it myself? I'd rather find sales and/or coupons. Maybe one day I will learn to cook fish but today is not that day.
So yeah, lots of frozen food.
But lots of fresh food too. You can be Lazy and still enjoy fresh food, just not the stuff you have to do much prep for. I'm a fan of cucumbers and baby spinach (pre washed, duh!), celery, berries and apples. I prefer anything that can be wash-n-go. It takes motivation to want to do a bunch of cutting things up. I have that sometimes but like I said, Lazy.
Combo frozen and fresh food is great. Add spinach to frozen berry smoothies and you become lord of the freggies.
I make sure I have plenty of this stuff on hand so meals can be whipped together quickly and with little effort. Because surfing the net takes time and dedication.