7 recipes for lazy people
You're just not that into being in the kitchen. We see you, and we can help.
We can’t all cook to our heart’s content. We’re really busy, right? Or, let’s be honest, we’re just lazy – when it comes to cooking. We just don’t want to work that hard in the kitchen, especially when we could be catching up on our “Game of Thrones” binge before some petulant Facebook friend reveals a spoiler. Or, you know, going outside.
Is this you? You're not alone. In fact, you're in good company. There's a sort of movement happening with meal prep and shortcuts that is not only making your kitchen a less chaotic place, it's also freeing up time to do things you really enjoy – like soaking up these last couple of weeks of summer with a day at the beach, or ordering a package by drone, just for fun. (Oh, and because you're lazy.)
Here are seven Israeli Kitchen recipes tailor-made for lazy, slovenly, lackadaisical you. (Or someone you love.)
The shortcut to this shortcake is ... the cake! You'll save precious minutes – hours, maybe – buying prepared mini-cakes that are the perfect vessel for fruit and whipped cream, the bread and butter of this classic dessert. A little store-bought, a little of your own special touch. And the end result is delicious.
This recipe was designed for those who love to cook their own meals from scratch, but also want a simpler, time-saving option. Prepared vegan meatballs (recipe author Jerry James Stone swears by Trader Joe's version) hit the spot here, especially if you let them simmer in homemade tomato sauce (which is super easy to make) for awhile.
Kiwi strawberry crepes
If you're the kind of person who always ruins your eggs while trying to flip them (bonus points if you've ever accidentally flung them across the kitchen), you're probably going to need more than luck and patience to make crepes. Good thing there's another option: using tortillas! Author Sarah Berkowitz found that a package of mini wheat tortillas did a fine job standing in for traditional crepes – and saved her a whole lot of tedious stove time.
Mango coconut cheesecake
Who doesn't love a good, solid cheesecake – with fresh, in-season fruit to boot? There’s something about the freshness and light taste of tropical fruit that almost seems to justify and sweep away all the guilt of this sinfully rich dessert. Add to that the super easy prep with the shortcut crust, and it’s really a no-brainer.
One-hour turkey roast
This super quick and easy turkey recipe is perfect if you really want to host Thanksgiving dinner but you don’t have hours in the kitchen; you can literally cook it an hour before your guests arrive. Another fabulous feature of these turkey breasts? Their ability to feed any number of people easily – if you’ve got a small crowd, one will suffice (but don’t expect too many leftovers). Extended family, friends, mailman coming to dinner? Pop in two or three of these turkey breasts and cook them together and you’ll have plenty to go around.
Cranberry orange scones
Who knew a blob of pastry dough could be so gorgeous? These scones – using store-bought dried cranberries and mandarin orange segments from a can – are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. They're also equally delicious without the slightly-more-time-consuming orange glaze.
French toast bake
This one's great if you love French toast but are not a morning person. Because let's face it; making French toast is not hard. But doing it this way is not only easier, it also produces less mess, is less greasy and saves a ton of time.
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