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    Default What do you cook when you can't be stuffed cooking?

    I'm tired, I'm exhausted and I just haven't got it in me tonight. So I went and got McD's- yuck. I hated every bite of it and didn't even finish it. Plus I don't like the idea of the boys eating it (but they seem to think it's pretty awesome.. ) even if it is a once in the blue moon type thing.

    I couldn't be bothered chopping, dicing and slicing so I took the 'easy' route... but there has to be something simpler without leaving the house, right?

    So what do you have on hand for those nights (like a Friday night near the end of a long school term, when I've been slaving away over reports and school concerts and grade 6 graduation speeches) that you can just grab and cook up, that is also reasonably healthy? (I mean.. not deep frying it in oil is a great start right there, not to mention not covering it all with an over zealous shake of salt..!)

    Help me!!

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    I have a stand by tomato pasta sauce I freeze in ice cube trays. Will come back later with the recipe

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    I make tomato pasta.
    1 tin chopped tinned toms
    1/2 chopped onion
    Italian herbs
    1/3 c cream
    Pinch sugar

    Sauté onion (can add garlic if you like) in a small amount of olive oil, add herbs, add tinned toms and simmer for 10 mins till slightly reduced. Add cream..
    Stir over spaghetti or other pasta. I serve with rocket salad and garlic bread. Yum and simple and easy. Not sure it's too healthy, but slightly better than junk
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    I buy the ravioli and sauce from the fridge it's use buy is normally a couple of weeks great as you only have to boil it for 5 minutes throw the sauce on and it taste great and better than take away

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    Nigella has a couple of great recipes. Her crustless pizza and corn chowder are so so easy.

    Also pasta with pesto from a jar. Add roasted sweet potato cubes and fetta if you can be bothered.

    Also a workmate told me about a couple of Donna Hay recipes. One was chicken breasts in a baking tray with haloumi cheese and honey and lemon juice which sounds yum and the other was chicken thighs in a tray, add garlic, sliced chorizo, olives, lemons, White wine and smoked paprika. Cover and bake.

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    Not exactly healthy but when I cant be bothered cooking, I usually turn to basic Nachos (CCs, dip, cheese, grill, viola!) or hot dogs.

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    I thought of another one, I make wedges.
    Cut peeled potatos into wedges or fries, shake in a ziplock back with some plain flour and some all purpose seasoning, then lay on baking tray, spray with oil and bake in oven. Super easy and kids love them.

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    And you can't beat beans on toast or a toasted sandwich and can of soup.

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    Here is the tomato sauce recipe

    Sauté 1 large finely diced onion and 3 cloves of crushed garlic until soft, add 2 cans of whole tomatoes, 200ml of water and a handful of basil leaves. Simmer for around 40 mins or until reduced and thick. Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste and then blend with stick blender until smooth.

    I freeze in ice cubes trays and then store in a zip lock bag until needed.

    It's great just as it is stirred through pasta or as a base for other ingredients. We sometimes fry up some bacon and chilli while pasta is boiling and then add the sauce from the freezer. Yum!

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    Sometimes I send the DH out to the BBQ so I only have to do veg or salad, and sometimes we get take-away. Mainly Thai or a fusion place down here as they are reasonably healthy and DS will eat whatever we have.

    I also tend to cook big pots of things like curry and freeze the leftovers that you can just re-heat and cook some rice. Easy peasy and very little effort.

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