Adulting is hard. And when every article out there tells you that a major milestone to being an adult is knowing your way around the kitchen… well the visceral reaction you have to looking at your stove isn’t going help. (I mean if you don’t ever use the stove it never needs to be cleaned – that seems like a win to me!)
What’s a gal (or guy) to do you do if cooking isn’t your favorite, but you don’t want to keep getting eye rolls from the same delivery guy every night? Three words for you. Frozen. Crockpot. Casserole. And not all once.
More specifically frozen veggies. Nothing makes a meal like a good side dish (or two) and it’s super easy to execute.
If you have a steamer you’re already a step ahead, and if you don’t we strongly suggest you get one. You’ll thank us later. To use the steamer: fill the basin with water, throw in the frozen veggies and set the timer. Because some veggies need longer than others, below are some general guidelines for steam time:
- Asparagus: 5 to 8 minutes
- Broccoli: stalks for 7 minutes, florets for 5
- Carrots: 10 to 15 minutes, depending on size
- Cauliflower: stalks for 7 minutes, florets for 5 (whole head 15-25 minutes)
- Corn on the cob: 8 to 10 minutes
- Green beans: 4 to 6 minutes
- Potatoes, cubed: 10 to 15 minutes
- Spinach: 2 to 3 minutes
Clean-up is a breeze with a steamer, just wash the tray where you had the food and rinse the water basis. Besides being quick and easy to use, steamers are one of the healthiest ways to cook food. Why? Because steaming helps keep the nutrients inside the food. Easy and healthy.
If you hate cooking, crockpots are the friend you never had. Once you buy one of these and use it for the first time you’ll never go back. The key to it’s success – slow, low heat cooking. You throw all the ingredients for a meal in the crockpot, spices and all, set the timer and temperature, and voila. You can even put the ingredients in and start the crockpot before work and it will turn off automatically and be nice and warm when you get home.
Chili is always a crowd pleaser. Brown some ground beef, add onions, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and water and you’re set! Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 4, then Netflix and Chill. Best of all clean up is a breeze – just one pot that’s dishwasher safe. Easy peasy.
For more variety check out these delicious recipes that are quick and easy.
We know the first thing you think about with you hear ‘casserole’ is green beans, but there are a myriad of feasts you can make in a single casserole dish that will impress even your in-laws. A really simple go-to recipe includes root veggies, chicken and some seasoning.
Wash and cut the veggies into small pieces (leave those skins on!), add the chicken on top and finish with a little bit of oil, salt and pepper (bonus points for adding rosemary, thyme… or any other herb really). Then throw the entire thing in the oven for 35 minutes on 350 degrees.
If all else fails you can still get your Seamless order in, but at least now you have some tricks to actually make it look like you tried!