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What is your ultimate lazy food shortcut?

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HopelesslyHopeful87 Mon 13-Nov-17 16:16:23

I have just discovered frozen mashed potato and it's revolutionary!

I was dubious and thought surely it's full of added crap but it's not. It comes out so creamy and fluffy and tastes lush. No more peeling potatoes for me! I bought a bag from Iceland for about 90p. There may be some fancier versions and mash made from actual potatoes may be more cost effective but I don't care!

What's your ultimate lazy food shortcut?

sourpatchkid Mon 13-Nov-17 16:55:53

Following, I am LAZY

JetCityWoman Mon 13-Nov-17 17:00:03

Roasting onions instead of spending ages caramelising them then freezing them into portions for soups n stuff. I'm lazy AF.

my favourite is jars of lazy garlic.

Frozen mash is the bomb but then I rarely buy it because I cba to peel spuds I leave the skins on boiling them. Its rustic mash not lazy fecker mash wink

InDubiousBattle Mon 13-Nov-17 17:01:46

I remember before I had dc and I cooked a lot looking at the already boiled noodles, already cut up veg and pre prepared chinese sauces and saying to dp ' who the hell can't be bothered to chop up a bit of veg and boil some noodles?!?'. Turns out it's me!

Good tip on the mash. Does it come in portioned up blocks?

Blackandpurple Mon 13-Nov-17 17:02:33

Mash here too! Superb!

DaisysStew Mon 13-Nov-17 17:04:58

Diced frozen onions - I hate chopping them with a passion.

Lazy garlic - see above.

yawning801 Mon 13-Nov-17 17:05:45

Garlic salt. Amazing for making croutons because you don't get chunks of garlic. Smells dubious when fried though...

Crunchymum Mon 13-Nov-17 17:07:59

Microwave rice.... I don't like rice so rarely cook it "properly"

katcatkat Mon 13-Nov-17 17:10:09

Even better than the lazy garlic in a jar is frozen garlic I get mine from Morrison's and it's 99p for 24 cubes perfectly crushed and easy with no smell. ( it's the taj one from the Asian food selection)

Bubblysqueak Mon 13-Nov-17 17:10:46

Frozen butternut squash and sweet potatoes are great. Already peeled and chopped into cube sized pieces, great for curries.

Frozen chopped onions

Frozen chopped peppers (great when cooking for 1, no waste)

SellMySoulForSomeSleep Mon 13-Nov-17 17:19:23

Watching this! I'm very very lazy but I don't think I have any great shortcuts.

HopelesslyHopeful87 Mon 13-Nov-17 17:21:24

@indubiousbattle it comes in little pellet like shapes so you can choose your amount quite easily. A whole bag of Iceland mash feeds 5 of us and we're big eaters.

ProfessorCat Mon 13-Nov-17 17:25:19

Microwave rice all the way. Not the ones in the bags because they're gross but the ones in the tub. I'm not sure why anyone would go to the trouble of boiling rice ever.

I don't use frozen mash but I do use supermarket ready done mash. Pop in the microwave for a few minutes and it's done.

I didn't used to be a lazy cook but I'm disabled now, so anywhere I can cut corners is a bonus! The rice has changed my life.

LadyDeadpool Mon 13-Nov-17 17:26:20

Frozen chopped onions but I'm really sensitive to onion fumes so they're a health choice really grin Can't even be in the room with them being chopped or my eyes sting like hell for ages.

Frozen mash! Which is actually just potatoes, butter, milk and seasoning. Forget the time saved, its not lumpy and theres no mess!

Frozen spinach in little blocks - I add it to everything its amazing.

Buying grated grana pardano (we don't like parm) and then keeping it in the freezer and using from frozen - means it lasts so much longer and it defrosts pretty much instantly.

Sarahh2014 Mon 13-Nov-17 17:28:10

Garlic granules instead of fresh tastes the same imo. A jar lasted ages

NotCitrus Mon 13-Nov-17 19:47:42

Minced garlic in a jar is way better than granules IMO and cheaper than frozen or in a tube. Usually in the Asian food section. Also minced ginger.
Frozen chopped onions, frozen spinach, peas, okra, mixed veg, all the veg.

For when I want a hot carbohydrate in a hurry, rice noodles or couscous - add boiling water and wait a few minutes.

ChickenlessHead Mon 13-Nov-17 19:50:46

Frozen jacket potatoes.

Also frozen chopped onions and peppers. I love making fajitas and it’s now almost a ready meal it’s so quick. I’m so lazy.

stoplickingthetelly Mon 13-Nov-17 19:51:50

Frozen garlic, ginger, chillies, parsley, basil, corriander. Hate chopping all that kind of stuff so I'm more inclined to cook properly if I don't have to faff about chopping stuff like this.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Mon 13-Nov-17 19:59:57

You get reminded how long you’ve been a mnetter when you’ve read these threads x 3 over the years.

Frozen mash, onions and everything else from gbd frozen aisle is revolutionary smile < with love>

camdentown17 Mon 13-Nov-17 20:01:39

Have used frozen mash regularly for last two years...such a time saver and tastes better than mine!. Also, frozen chopped garlic, packs of grated cathedral city cheese which I freeze and use as much as needed in cooking, Following with interest for other suggestions!

camdentown17 Mon 13-Nov-17 20:03:29

Oh and Tilda microwave rice is gorgeous...2 mins and done!

ChickenlessHead Mon 13-Nov-17 20:03:43

Is grated cathedral city cheese better than normal pre grated cheese? My dm buys pre grated cheese and it always tastes ‘bitty’ and doesn’t melt properly. If it was completely normal cheese, just grated, it would be brilliant.

Ummmmgogo Mon 13-Nov-17 20:04:31

tinned potatoes are nice in a curry.

ProfessorCat Mon 13-Nov-17 20:59:32

What's the difference between a frozen jacket potato and a normal potato?

ChickenlessHead Mon 13-Nov-17 21:00:37

You can put it in the microwave for 5 minutes and it’s like a proper oven baked one professor, with a nice crispy skin.

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