Hey all, and welcome to my blog! My name is Erin and this is an introduction to my new food series!

Feeding yourself can be a lot of work. If you don’t like cooking, don’t have the energy to, don’t have the time, or whatever your reason, then this blog series might help you. This is not about being lazy with food, because honestly, people have all kinds of reasons for not wanting/being able to put a ton of effort into feeding themselves. This is about making the most of your time and energy to give yourself something healthy and delicious to eat.

It’s not a surprise to most people who know me that I love cooking, but the way I go about it can be confusing for some. When it comes to food I am all about maximum outcome for minimal effort.

I’m not going to give you strict recipes because I believe in cooking with what you have on hand, with what you can afford, and what you like to eat. I’m bad at following recipes and it is a rare day that I don’t substitute something in one. A lot of times when I see “lazy” recipes they are neither inexpensive nor low effort. I promise everything in this series will be as little effort as possible without sacrificing health and flavor.

Setting Up Your Kitchen To Make Your Life Easier

Non-Edible Investments To Consider For Your Kitchen

  • Sandwich/freezer bags: store your prepared ingredients easily
  • Sheet pans/Cookie sheets: great for bulk cooking
  • Parchment paper: never have food stick to cooking surfaces again!
  • Food thermometer: always be confident that your meat is cooked safely
  • Rice Cooker: eliminates effort when preparing all kinds of grains
  • Reusable plastic containers: store portioned servings of the meals you can make with this series
  • Muffin tins

Staples To Consider Keeping On Hand

  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Other grains – barley, couscous, quinoa, oatmeal
  • Canned tuna
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Frozen veggies
  • Frozen fruit
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Soup base/bouillon
  • Canned beans, chickpeas
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Meat – cooked and then frozen
  • Mayonnaise

Alternative Edible Investments To Consider For Your Kitchen

  • Curry paste: I keep Thai red and green curry pastes in my fridge
  • Coconut milk: liven up soups and curries
  • Seasoning Salt: I personally like it better than regular salt for adding flavor to dishes and you need less, plus it lasts forever
  • Soy sauce: great for adding flavor to all kinds of foods
  • Mayo: great sauce base for tons of easy hot weather meals

I’m not trying to shove a ton of stuff at anyone. These are all things I use on a regular basis that make my cooking experience easier. There are tons of other things that you can invest in if you have the money and the inclination to do so.

Keep note of what you use often and make sure it’s close to your cooking surfaces. Then you don’t have to go far when you’re making your meals.

So that’s all I’ve got for you today, thank you so much for reading! If you have topic requests, please feel free to send me a message 🙂

I will see you all next week with another post. Bye!