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8 More Easy Dinner Ideas When You’ve Lost The Will To Cook

June 29, 2015

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I often find it annoying my family wants to eat three times a day, every single day.

Let’s not even mention the endless snacks.

Sometimes it feels as though I’ve just tidied the kitchen from one meal when someone pipes up with an “I’m hungry. What can I have to eat?”

Just as sometimes you need to walk past the washing pile, the dust bunnies and the treacherous Lego strewn on the floor, now and again we need to admit defeat in the kitchen and simply prepare everyone something to eat and stop their tummies rumbling until the morning when we can have another crack at giving a hoot for the entire day.

Last August I gave you 8 easy dinner ideas when you’d lost the will to continue  cook, and now I’m giving you 8 more.

Go forth and feed the masses.

1. Baked Bean Nachos

easy dinner ideas

I usually have some old stale tacos shells in the pantry, and I always have some tortillas so cut them or tear them up into nachos sized bits and grill them until crispy.

Chuck on a tin of baked beans, smother in cheese and whack back under the grill until brown and delish.

Meanwhile make quick guacamole and chop some tomato to sprinkle on top. If you don’t have avocado or tomato, serve as is.

If you don’t have the other ingredients, just give them baked beans in a tin.


2. Green Eggs and Ham

easy dinner ideas

You can see the love on the plate, right?


I always have homemade pesto in my freezer, it’s mega versatile in times of needs. I always add kale and broccoli to pesto when I’m making it so I know I’m sneaking in extra veggies. Pesto is a monster favorited in my house and green eggs and ham gets gobbled up faster than I can say “Sam, I am. I do not not like green eggs and ham.”

If you don’t have pesto you can still make this. I call that Bacon and Eggs.


3. Dumplings and Edamame

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The freezer is your best friend on cheat nights. I always keep a bag of dumplings from the local Asian store and some edamame which is found in the Woolworths freezer section.

Pop dumplings into fry pan with coconut oil or peanut oil, cook for 5 minutes before adding a splash of water and popping the lid on to steam for 6-7 minutes.

Meanwhile steam some edamame beans. Fast, easy, and so on trend you can pretend you’re all fancy pants.


4. Tuna Zoodles

easy dinner ideas

No, a poodle is not a new breed of dog.

A $9.95 spiraliser from Hot Dollar will give you miles and miles of zucchini and carrot noodles (they are so not noodles.) I mix them with buckwheat soba noodles and pass it off as pasta. My kids have not cottoned on yet. We even eat our spag bol like this now.

Boil a kettle, toss it in a saucepan and cook soba noodles for 1.5 minutes, then add zoodles or caroodles or whatever the hell you want to call them for the final 1.5 minutes.

Meanwhile fry off minced garlic in a frypan with olive oil, add a chopped tomato, a tin of drained tuna, olives and lemon juice, before tossing through your oodles. Shave parmesan, crack pepper. Nosh.


5. Tortilla Pizza

easy dinner ideas

This is actually homemade pizza dough, don’t judge me for using this image. I was at one with family meals this day.

I ALWAYS have multigrain tortillas in the house.

Use these as a base, if not, use Lebanese bread, or pita bread or bog standard bread-bread if you have to.

Smear with tomato paste, sprinkle with mixed herbs and add WHATEVER (bacon, capsicum, salami, mushrooms, tomato, olives, we even have broccoli on ours because I am THAT mum.)

Smother with cheese, and chuck in a 220C oven for 10 minutes until golden and ready to melt the roof of your mouth off.


6. B.O.F. Soup

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image : Ina Garten Minestrone

B.O.F. stand for Bottom of the Fridge and you will thank me for this bad boy. It uses everything up and creates a meal instead of compost. Winning….unless you’re a worm.

Boil a kettle, chuck it in a big pot, add a tin of tomatoes. Next toss in all your sad, limp vegetables from the bottom of the fridge…..cauli, carrots, celery, broccoli, cumsicap, you name it. IN.

If you have any leftover meat – bacon, always bacon.Sausage? Sure, why not. A tin of beans – cannelini, chick, kidney, even baked beans work.

Add some mixed herbs and stock powder cook for 15 minutes and call it minestrone. Only we know the truth.


7. Baked Eggs in a Hole

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Note token vegetables on side… Because I care.

If your kids don’t eat eggs, send them back.

If they are allergic, you have my condolences.

Eggs are my go to food – frittata, quiche, baked custard, scrambled, coddled, fried on a stirfry.

This is really only eggs on toast, but you can totally make kids believe it’s fancy. Especially if you use a cookie cutter to make a cool shape in the bread.


8. Dial a Meal

The easiest of all is letting your fingers do the walking. Actually, voice activated calling means you needn’t even do that.

EatNow will do all the work for you and arrive on your doorstep without you even leaving the couch. They provide you with a quick and easy way to order food online from a network of restaurants across Australia. Browse their Sydney food delivery and takeaway page that lists all your favourite Sydney eats all in the one easy spot.


Piece of cake, or pizza, or whatever the hell you want.


Cook once feed all by danielle colley

Cook Once, Feed All is about making your life easier whilst preparing nutritious and quick food for your family. Hailed by Mouths of Mums as the ‘must have recipe book for all families’, this book is a collection of family friendly recipes, all accompanied by stories from my life.


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  • Reply raphaela99 June 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

    What clever ideas!

  • Reply Sonia from Sonia Styling July 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Ever since I found out I have an intolerance to eggs (and gluten and dairy), my ultimate favourite lazy dinner has gone out the window – scrambled eggs on toast. There’s just something so rad about breakfast for dinner, don’t you think?

    • Reply Danielle July 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Oh god! That’s tough. Now you just have to drink wine on lazy dinner night.

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