Cooking and preparing your own food can be super beneficial to your diet and health. Having control over your food and knowing exactly what ingredients will go into your body is a great way to feel cleaner and more aware of your diet.
Cooking every night or even just a few nights a week doesn't have to take up a lot of time. I put together a few recipes that I pull from on nights I'm in a hurry or just feel lazy.
Easy fried rice
I wrote an article about fried rice a little while ago, but that recipe can take some time. Here's how to cut that recipe time in half and still get a great dinner or lunch.
1 cup microwaveable rice
3 tbsp frozen carrots and peas
Slat and pepper to taste
1. Put 1 cup of microwaveable rice and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe container and heat up for 5 minutes.
2. Heat up peas and carrots separately.
3. Scramble egg on the stove while everything is heating up.
4. Mix all together and add soy sauce. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
Cheesy baked potato
A lot of people bake potatoes in the oven, but if you don't want to wait an hour you can always pop it in the microwave to save time.
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
Handful of bacon crumbles
1. Rinse potato to make sure the dirt is off the skin. Press a fork into the top of potato for ventilation. Cook in microwave for 10 minutes.
2. Take potato out when there is one minute left, sprinkle cheese on top, then let it finish cooking.
3. Top with bacon.
Pasta with soy sauce and broccoli
We've all had regular pasta, but this dish takes pasta to next level by adding a few unexpected ingredients.
1 cup pasta of your choosing
1 cup broccoli
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp soy sauce
1. Boil a pot of water. Add pasta and let cook for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. While the pasta is cooking, cook broccoli on stove in olive oil for 5-7 minutes.
3. Mix pasta, butter, soy sauce and broccoli in bowl.
These meals take 10-12 minutes each, maybe even less, so throw them together when you've got a busy week and enjoy an easy and delicious meal in no time.