Go-to meals when laziness and tiredness get the best of you (Part 3) 

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Who would ever want to spend hours in the kitchen, sweating more than necessary, instead of spending that precious time relaxing? The bad thing is, you have to eat and takeaway shouldn’t be your choice more than once a week. The meals I’ve prepared require close to zero effort and won’t cut short any of your free time.  

Loaded potatoes  

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Who doesn’t like potatoes? I love them in all meals and eat them in any form: fried, baked, boiled, mashed, you name it. But I particularly enjoy devouring loaded potatoes. They are tasty, comforting, and require the tiniest bit of effort. Put a bunch of potatoes in the oven to bake and wait until they are thoroughly cooked. Cut them in half and mash up a little bit with a fork the flesh in each half and season well with salt and pepper. Generously sprinkle some cheese and put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and melted. Top off with guacamole, sour cream, tzatziki, or any other sauce and/or topping of choice.  

Quinoa salad  

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Salads are one of those easy nutritious meals, however, many appear to avoid them at all costs. Well, I am here to debunk the myth about salads not being filling or delicious with the following recipe. Start with boiling some quinoa and while you wait for it to cool down, chop nicely a bunch of vegetables, whatever you like. My recommendation would be onion, cucumber, pepper, cherry tomatoes, olives, and canned kidney beans. To make it more flavorful, add salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon or lime juice. Give all the ingredients a good mix and the salad is ready to be served. I promise, you will demolish it within minutes and your tummy will be more than satisfied.  

Shakshuka  

I am a big fan of eggs, but sometimes I do get tired of eating them. Luckily for me, I discovered a new way to cook eggs and challenge my taste palate at the same time. Initially, I tried shakshuka while visiting a friend in Turkey and immediately became obsessed with the dish. Make sure you buy onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and parsley. Don’t forget to stock up on spices too, preferably salt, pepper, and turmeric.

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Leave all the ingredients to simmer for at least 10 minutes. Make small holes inside the sauce where you’ll crack the eggs. Cook for another 4-5 minutes or a little bit longer, depending on if you like your eggs runny or well-cooked. On top sprinkle with fresh parsley. The simplicity of this dish is superb and the flavor is to die for. 

Check out part 1 and part 2.

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