Monday, November 22, 2010

I don't wanna cook!

There are evenings where I just don't feel like cooking.  Mostly, this means my darling sous chef isn't around to do the chopping, because he's at work.  In the past, I would order pizza or Chinese food & veg out in front of the television.  Now, after years of my own yummy food, I just can't bring myself to pay $30+ for lousy take-out for 2 people.

So, I've had to come up with a few strategies for the "I don't wanna cook!" nights.

  • Pizza - with a few veggies & a pre-made crust, we can have yummy, vegan pizza in 30 minutes or less (LOL).  Here are a few of my pizza combos
    • Vegan sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce
    • Mushrooms, onions, basil, some pre-made vegan cheese (either homemade if I have it or store-bought)
    • Broccoli, vegan feta (homemade), kalamata olives & spinach
    • "beef" flavored TVP, jalapenos, refried beans & vegan cheddar (store-bought)
  • Risotto - we always have some veggies & arborio rice around, & that's all it really takes to make a risotto.  I pretty much just pick a broth, add wine, sauteed onions, some vegan margarine & vegan parmesan & a veggie or 2 & an herb
    • Mushroom & Spinach
    • Asparagus 
    • Broccoli
    • Winter squash
    • Peas (add lemon juice)
    • you get the point...experiment
  • Quinoa  Bowl - I stole this from a local restaurant, Dandelion Communitea Cafe.  
    • 2 servings Quinoa
    • 1 can any beans, drained, rinsed & warmed
    • 2 raw veggies, chopped or sliced
    • Any salad dressing
    • Cook the quiona (directions here).  While it's cooking, chop the veggies & cook the beans.  Spoon the quiona into a bowl, add the beans & veggies, top with dressing...mix &  eat!

  • Freezer foods - just make a big batch instead of enough for your meal.  When dinner is over, take a few moments to portion out & freeze the leftovers.  Just be careful with gravies, they tend to separate when frozen & thawed.
    • Soups
    • Chili
    • Enchiladas
    • Lasagne
    • Spaghetti & other pasta sauces
So, there it is...this vegan witch has more important things to do tonight than make an elaborate dinner.  I'm headed into the kitchen to tear mushrooms & spinach into a skillet of risotto that I shall stir deosil as my mind wanders.

Wild & Bright Blessings!



  1. Honestly, it is just too much of a pain in the ass to try to eat out sometimes. None of the vegan restaurants are close by and Chinese takeout is usually fried rice and mixed vegetables. I can do it better all at home! Our quick I don't wanna cook nights dish is usually black bean nachos.

  2. We cook our pizzas in a cast iron skillet. Yummy! Printing your recipes now!