Grabbing a bag of frozen veggies and dumping them in a pan is just as easy as opening up a frozen dinner and popping it in the microwave.
Part of being lazy means that I don't like to use a million pots to cook. I also don't like to do a ridiculous amount of prep.
I have a confession: I AM A LAZY COOK.
(I'm also a lazy housekeeper, parent, and car owner. but I'm only going to talk about one lazy thing at a time.)
Because I've been burdened with this shitty thing called adulthood and I've chosen to accept that burden, I also accept certain adult responsibilities. Like feeding myself.
I also made the absurd decision to make a baby on purpose, so I also have to feed him. I'm a super nice partner, too; I do cool things like make an extra serving and share. Sometimes my neighbors, who are vegan, also like to share a meal with us, so I make a little more and then everyone is happy for the 20 minutes it takes to eat the food.
I might be lazy, but I'm not an asshole. Mostly.
Part of being lazy means that I don't like to use a million pots to cook. I also don't like to do a ridiculous amount of prep. So, that means I keep my freezer stocked. Grabbing a bag of frozen veggies and dumping them in a pan is just as easy as opening up a frozen dinner and popping it in the microwave.
Plus, you can walk away from the stove while your frozen veggies cook and it's NBD. You don't have to time your meal components perfectly. 30 seconds won't make or break truly lazy food. THAT'S THE MAGIC, FRIENDS. Lazy food forgives you.
Here's my favorite lazy food dish. I like it because I feel like I'm doing my body a solid by plying it with veggies, and my taste buds rejoice with spicy-sweet comfort food. It's like your very hardworking grandmother is hugging you from the inside. But better — because this curry won't ask you why you're still single/don't have babies/why you're unemployed/if you'll program her VCR to record Dr Phil.
But you also won't get fudge, so. It's a trade-off.
1 onion, diced
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 head or bag of chopped cauliflower (frozen works)
1 bag of other mixed veggies (frozen works)
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp olive or coconut oil
2 Tbsp yellow curry powder (more for spicy, less for mild)
1 tsp salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
In a large sauté pan, add your oil and onions over medium high heat. Cook down until onion is soft and translucent, like your grandmother's face.
Add your veggies. Sprinkle curry powder, salt, and cayenne pepper over the veggies with abandon. Dump the entire can of coconut milk in, too.
Stir until the everything is well blended.
Reduce heat to medium-low.
Now here is the lazy part: COVER THE PAN AND WALK AWAY. Or make some rice or quinoa while your curry simmers. But if you're really lazy, you'll just use your leftover rice from last night's bad but addictive Chinese take-out.
After 30-ish minutes, remove your pan from heat.
Sprinkle chopped cilantro over the top so you can feel proud of your effort. Serve with rice and side of self-respect.
Now, call your grandma and tell her how much you love her.