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Lazy Cooking Hacks

Jen Phanomrat

Jen shares tips and recipe hacks for those days when you just...can't.

Lazy Cooking Hacks


  • Microwave Quiche:

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 slice ham, chopped

  • Raw spinach to taste

  • 1 tbsp scallions, chopped

  • 1 sundried tomato, chopped

  • 1 tbsp shredded cheddar

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • On-The-Go Noodle Soup:

  • 1 small pkg bean thread noodles

  • ¼ cup cooked shredded chicken

  • 1 tbsp scallions

  • 2 tbsp frozen peas & carrots

  • Chicken bouillon powder to taste

  • Sesame oil to taste

  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

  • Mac & Cheese Bake:

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk

  • 16 oz shredded cheese

  • 8 oz elbow pasta

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • ½ cup cheesy crackers, crushed

  • Stovetop Cookies:

  • Premade chocolate chip cookie dough


  1. Microwave Quiche: coat a microwave-safe bowl with cooking spray, add eggs and scramble, mix in the rest of the ingredients, and microwave for 1 minute.

  2. On-The-Go Noodle Soup: add all ingredients to an insulated stainless steel flask, cover well, gently shake, and let sit for 5 minutes.

  3. Mac & Cheese Bake: preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a baking dish and then combine all ingredients (leave crackers and some shredded cheese for the topping). Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Remove foil and top with crushed crackers and the rest of the cheese. Bake until golden brown and bubbly.

  4. Stovetop Cookies: Heat non-stick pan on medium-low. Slice cookie dough into thin rounds, place on the pan, cover with a lid and let it cook all the way through. Turn off the heat and let the cookies cool down to harden.

Lazy Cooking Hacks




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- Do you ever have those days where you just can't? The days where you're so freakin' lazy that just the thought of cooking up an entire meal makes you feel like a sloth gearing up to climb anything. Yeah, I have those days too, but ordering takeout usually makes me feel worse. So I have a few lazy AF cooking hacks that are super low effort, that'll make you feel a little bit more motivated, and less like a lazy piece of sh . Here are my favorite lazy tips and recipe hacks. Tip number one, use kitchen shears. Instead of pulling out a knife and a cutting board, just use your kitchen shears to cut some ingredients. They're not great for cutting big, hard things like this radish, but it's not like you want to prep this anyway. Instead, use shears for things like greens, some herbs, and even meat. So even if you just have enough energy to make instant ramen, you could still make it tastier by grabbin' those shears, cutting in some scallions or other ingredients, and you can have a tasty-ass ramen. I believe in your lazy ass, you can do it. Tip number two, prep with a muffin tin. Let's say you want something a little more substantial than instant ramen, but the thought of spending time in the sink, washin' all these bowls is not your thing. Just pop out a muffin tin and use this as your prep station. That way you don't have to use a bunch of bowls and you could still keep your ingredients neat. Tip number three, shred smarter. On lazy days I sometimes crave a simple chicken salad, but I don't wanna sit there and shred the chicken by hand. Here's an easier way to do it. Pop some cooked chicken breast into a mixer, and then let 'er rip! It really helps if the chicken is still nice and warm, that way you have shredded chicken in seconds. Now here are a few lazy recipes you can make using those tips. First up, a lazy breakfast. In the muffin tin goes ham, scallions, cheese, spinach, your eggs, and a little sundried tomato. You can prep enough ingredients in here for several servings, just cover it up and put it in the fridge and then bring it out when you want a quick, easy breakfast, especially if you're planning on having many lazy days. Simple grease up a microwave-safe bowl with some cooking spray. Crack in your eggs. Give it a whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Pop it in the microwave for one minute. And there you have it, microwave quiche, she boogie. Next up, lazy lunch on-the-go. Just grab an insulated stainless steel flask like this that can hold cold or hot liquids. Fill it with bean thread noodles, these cook super fast, shredded chicken, scallions, frozen peas and carrots, chicken bouillon powder, sesame oil, and boiling hot water. This smells so good already. Just cover it tightly. Gently shake it around a bit, and then let it sit there for five minutes, or until the noodles get soft. If you're worried about your water bottle tasting like savory soup every time you drink, don't! Don't be worried. It's super easy to clean. Just fill it up with hot water, a little bit of vinegar and dish soap, shake it around, let it sit there, and then wash it. It won't smell like soup. Mm-mm, quick and easy, lazy noodle soup to go. How about a lazy mac and cheese dinner? For this mac and cheese you don't have to wait for a pot of water to boil, and you don't have to make a bechamel sauce. Simply butter a baking dish, then combine heavy cream, evaporated milk, a lotta shredded cheese, salt and pepper, and uncooked elbow pasta. Cover it with foil and bake it at 350 for 25 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Then remove the foil, top it with crushed cheesy crackers and some more cheese. Then just bake it until it's golden brown and bubbly. The pasta cooks all the way through and you're left with a super comforting, half-ass mac and cheese that still hits the spot. And finally dessert. Maybe you have a craving for a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, but you don't wanna go and heat up a whole oven just to make one or two cookies. Here's what I like to do. Grab some store-bought cookie dough, and then you eat it. I'm just kidding. Slice up the dough, heat up a nonstick skillet, place the dough in the pan, cover it with a lid, and let it cook all the way through. Then turn off the heat and let them sit until they cool down and they're ready to eat. And there you have it, stove top cookies. I hope you'll give these lazy cooking hacks a try the next time you're in the mood for a half-assed bite. Mm!