Cooking hacks for lazy girls dinners – Low Calorie Diets Tips

If you’ve been on TikTok lately, you’ve undoubtedly seen the new trend hitting kitchens everywhere: lazy girl dinners. And that’s what we’re here for. If it’s delicious and easy to prepare, we’re in. But you don’t have to go to TikTok to see what’s all about. All you have to do is follow five simple rules for easier dinners at home. From a few essential gear to pantry and fridge essentials, here are our five tenets for lazy girl dinners. Follow them and delicious meals (without stress or wasting time) are your future.

Grab your sheet pan

Some people are into one-pot meals, but we’re swapping our full-size Dutch ovens for the sheet pan for quick and easy meals. Here’s why: With one pot, you need to mix all the ingredients together. This is great for soups and stews, but what if you want to keep the ingredients separate? Plus, a sheet pan in a hot oven allows for browning — lots of it. That means you can have crispy chicken cutlets, charred broccoli, and browned sweet potatoes in the same pan.

The trick with sheet pans is getting the cooking times right, as some foods take longer to cook than others. Cut the vegetables into even pieces. If you want to brown some already cooked sausages, add them in the last 10 minutes after your other ingredients start to get nice and toasty.

We even love roasting veggies in a sheet pan straight from the freezer. Take this frozen broccoli with a cheesy gratin sauce. Pour onto your sheet pan and bake until golden and bubbly. No thawing required.

Of course, the sheet pan doesn’t just have to be for fried meat and vegetables. You can also use it to bake pizza. Take your favorite pastry, roll it out and top it with your favorite ingredients. Or lay out frozen hors d’oeuvres you have in the freezer and bake them all for yourself. Can we recommend these frozen macaroni and cheese balls?

Meet the Air Fryer toaster oven

If you don’t have time to wait for the oven to heat up, we’ll get it for you. Especially if you cook for one, the air fryer toaster is for you. Use the small sheet pan as you would for your larger sheet pan meals — fill it with broccoli or chickpeas or a piece of fish (or a combination), then turn your toaster on the air fry setting. It heats up to 450 degrees in just a few minutes, significantly reducing your cooking times.

Love your canned beans

You don’t have to be a vegetarian or vegan to rely on beans for essential nutrients. Packed with protein and fiber, beans are quick to cook and delicious whether you add them to your favorite canned soup, sprinkle over salad, or puree them into hummus or dip.

If you or your kids don’t love the soft texture of beans, don’t worry. We have a way to make them extra crispy and flavorful. Place chickpeas in a single layer on your sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, shake with your favorite spice rub, and place in a 400 degree oven until just a little browned. These little crunchy chickpeas make a delicious crouton substitute or just a great snack when you need a quick boost of energy.

Eggs are the workhorse of lazy girls

Eggs have the crazy ability to transform all kinds of dishes. They’re not just great on their own – who doesn’t love an omelet for dinner? – but they can make leftovers interesting again. For example, poach an egg to add flavor and some luxury to an average salad, or drizzle egg into a soup for extra protein. We love tossing leftovers into an egg mix for a hearty quiche and adding a too-simple egg to everything from sandwiches to risotto for extra creaminess. All we’re saying is that if you have eggs in the fridge you’re halfway to a great meal, lazy or not.

If in doubt, add more cheese

We don’t like to exaggerate, but more cheese = always better. Reheating a frozen lasagna? Add a flood of imported Parmesan. You have great tomatoes? Pair them with some sliced ​​mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Making mac and cheese in boxes? Add more cheese because more cheese is always better. When it comes to making dinner for lazy girls, cheese is your friend. Why? Because it offers convenience whether you’re making a grilled cheese or assembling a mish-mash of leftovers from your fridge. And if you’re on TikTok, everyone loves this cheese train.

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