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Lazy meals - what are yours?

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Sunbed, 22 Aug 2013.

  1. Sunbed


    Joined: 29 Mar 2007

    Posts: 4,070

    Location: Manchester

    I'm talking about meals that generate minimal washing, take hardly and time to prepare and are at least semi-nutritious :p Something better than a pot noodle, but not something I would consider a proper “meal”.

    I have two:

    1) Instant cous cous in a bowl with tinned mackerel or sardines in tomato sauce, chopped cherry tomatoes , and chopped spring onions (or any other veg you can get away with not cooking that much). Poor water on and smash in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Done. Maybe a bit of olive oil or coriander on top too.

    2) Instant udon noodles in bowl with finely grated ginger, chopped chilli, chopped spring onions, soy sauce and that stock powder stuff you get in the little packets. Bit of cabbage leaf works well too. Bosh in microwave with water and there you go, instant noodle soup. Oh, and a bit of miso paste if you have it.

    What are yours? I’m guessing everyone has at least one ‘CBA’ meal..?

    Edit: FFS wrong subforum :p
    Last edited: 22 Aug 2013
  2. Outline


    Joined: 4 Nov 2010

    Posts: 801

    There is a food forum if that takes your fancy :)

    Broccoli, green beans and chicken, thrown out of the wok into a bowl.
  3. d_brennen


    Joined: 30 Jan 2009

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    020 7272 6655

    "Hello, could I order 1 prawn bhoona, pilau rice and papadoms please. Err.. yes, that's me. Thanks"
  4. Judgeneo


    Joined: 15 May 2010

    Posts: 10,085

    Location: Out of Coventry

    If you spending your time chopping and adding other ingredients, why do you bother with the instant stuff? Just as quick to make it from scratch and far better.

    Spicy bacon & onion tomato pasta is probably my laziest meal, though I'm just getting used to the art of stir fry, so that will probably over take it as a lazy meal soon :)
  5. Quinnaay


    Joined: 10 Mar 2013

    Posts: 7,223

    Location: Rotherham

    Ring up the local pizza house, much better.
  6. Hatter The Mad


    Joined: 28 Nov 2008

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    Location: UK

  7. bignev72

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Mar 2012

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    Normally boiled egg or cereal :(
  8. Mr Jones


    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 11,334

    Location: Dubai

    Boil some pasta (usually fusilli for this), chop some tomatoes and basil and 3 mins before my pasta is cook, add some brocolli floretts to blanch. Drain it then add my chopped tomatoes, 1 teaspoon on olive oil and a handful of blue cheese.

    Viola, blue cheese brocolli pasta with tomato and basil. All done in less than 15mins.
  9. Sunbed


    Joined: 29 Mar 2007

    Posts: 4,070

    Location: Manchester

    How do you mean? The instant udon noodles are those pre-cooked, vac-packed kind. So it kind of is from scratch. The only 'instant' bit as far as I can see is the powder stuff..? I just use a bit of that for seasoning. As for 'chopping', I just do that with scissors Nigella style :p
  10. TommyV


    Joined: 14 Oct 2008

    Posts: 6,663

    Probably everything I eat. Haven't cooked/prepared my own meal in a bout 2.5months. Oops!
  11. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 66,830

    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    No microwave or working oven and I hate the thought of spending £10 on a pizza so a quick meal would be like a egg and spam ramen.

    That's something always in the kitchen and takes 10min, costs very little.
  12. Ciphon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Dec 2008

    Posts: 2,341

    Location: Hampshire

    I have an exquisite dish I refer to as "**!* rice"

    It's rice, peas, and sweetcorn, all boiled in the same saucepan (peas and sweetcorn go in a few minutes before the rice is ready), drain, pour sweet chilli & soy sauce on - eat.
  13. uv


    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 8,435

    Location: Manchester

    That sounds delicious, may I have your recipe?
  14. ~Divine~Wind~


    Joined: 14 Jun 2004

    Posts: 16,142

    Location: Newcastle U/T

    Wrap, spread with soft cheese, douse with chilli sauce, rollup...

    Done :p

    Frozen burgers in the foreman grill take very little time also.
  15. booyaka


    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

    Posts: 13,627

    Usually a super quick stirfry.

    Precooked slice chicken, frozen pepper/onion, noodles 4 mins in boiling water and add some chilli/ginger/garlic cubes as below, splash of soy and water.

    Fantastic to have on standby instead of preparing garlic/ginger/corriander/chilli etc.

    Dorot Chopped Chilli
  16. Boycey0211


    Joined: 27 Apr 2011

    Posts: 5,605

    Location: Norfolk

    got to be bacon and egg on a bed of supernoodles for lazyness.

    If i'm trying to be healthy then a standard stir fry, usually seafood
  17. Hyburnate


    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 15,134

    Location: Near Northants / MK

    Stick something in the microwave... :D

    (I'm a student, this is allowed!)
    Last edited: 22 Aug 2013
  18. King4aDay


    Joined: 4 Sep 2003

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    Location: Cornwall

    I've been pretty hooked on omelettes recently. Only take 5 mins and there's always something in the fridge to add for a bit interest (bacon, mushrooms, cheese, fresh herbs, whatever).
  19. boxman2000


    Joined: 10 Mar 2009

    Posts: 4,475

    Location: South West

    Define quick if you have to use 'instant cous cous' when normal cous cous takes 5 minutes!

    Not the biggest Nigella fan but for speed and if you're using good quality ingredients her pea, pancetta and pasta risotto is pretty good. Easy enough to add shallot/garlic at the start and then add bacon, peas, pasta then pasta if you want to change it a bit. Even chorizo would work well instead of bacon
  20. joey1211


    Joined: 28 Dec 2003

    Posts: 3,366

    Location: Aberwristwatch

    Batches of frozen curry, stew etc in the microwave or slowly heated in a pan.