The key to laziness is to be prepared. It seems to defeat the purpose of laziness, which we would like to be spontaneous, but believe a true lazifier, who has taken laziness to an art, preparedness is the key to a happy healthy lazy life. Preparation doesn’t mean one has to spent hours and hours planning for shopping, cooking or activities, it just means onehas to schedule enough things in advance and divide tasks as much as possible, in order to waste the least time and be as efficient as possible. Because the least time you waste in the kitchen, the more time you can spend on other healthy stuff or even on the couch, right?
- Own the right kitchen implements. No need to spend thousands and thousands on expensive gadgets, but every efficient cook should possess at least the following:
– two sharp knifes, one small for peeling and slicing, one big for chopping and threaten people who enter your kitchen without your permission (just kidding);
– two mixing bowls, preferably metal (but plastic will do), one medium, one big;
– a wooden cutting board;
– a hand blender to make soups, mashed potatoes and vegetables, but also batters for cakes, pancakes, etc.
– two pots, one medium, one big;
– a pan, preferably cast iron, but I won’t be angry if you own a teflon one (even though you really shouldn’t, with teflon being really bad for your health and all that);
– a slow cooker (or a crockpot, whatever you want to call it, really): this is the most valuable implement of the lazy cook, since it cooks while you’re sleeping or are out there doing important stuff;
– a vegetable chopper/dicer/slicer, the kind with a box and a lid: believe me, given the insane amount of veggies you are going to cut, this one is indispensable.
– boxes of different sizes to store prepared food and leftovers.
- Know what staples are in your kitchen at any time. It doesn’t really matter which ones, just that you know you can count on them when you decide to cook something, instead of making an emergency run to the store for this last dash of soy sauce that gives all its flavor to your dish. Also, it helps when deciding what recipe to make. If a recipe calls for more than three staples that you don’t have or are unlikely to re-use, it’s maybe not worth the hassle. For instance, in my kitchen there are always the following things:
– olive oil, coconut oil, butter
– a lot of different spices, e.g. cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, different kinds of paprika (hot, mild, smoked), different kinds of chili (ancho, chipotle, jalapeno…)
– dried herbs, like thyme, oregano, rosemary, mint, basil, etc.
– soy sauce
– fish sauce
- Make a shopping list before going to the store, and stick to it. You wouldn’t like to spend more time than necessary in these temples of unhealthy nutrition that supermarkets have become, would you? As a rule of thumb, you should be able to buy the bulk of your groceries once a week, and make one or two more trips to the store during the week for small adjustments.
- Learn how to do meal prep. I’ll dedicate an entire post to the art of meal prepping, since it is so important when you want to be lazy on each evening of the week. For the moment, just plan to make more of the recipes and store them in boxes in your fridge, so that you can pick up a box for lunch and have another one ready for dinner in case you don’t have time to cook after a days work.
- Find out which healthy food you really like, i.e., the ones you would be able to eat almost every day of the week without getting bored. Why so? Because it is very likely that, willingly or not, you will end up eating a lot of the same things over and over again. When being pushed for time, or simply too lazy to willing to do something original, believe me it’s nice to rely on tried and tested recipes that you can run on autopilot.