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What is your "throw it together" recipe for when you can't be bothered to cook?

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claireybee Thu 17-Jul-08 12:20:44

Mine is can of tomatoes, can of whatever beans I have in cupboard, whatever is in fridge (veggies/ham/chorizo etc) and some chilli. Good with cheese on top too.

SoupKitchen Thu 17-Jul-08 12:23:39

Omlette with bits from fridge chucked in

Kyte Fri 18-Jul-08 10:23:15

Well I have a slow cooker, so....

Slice some carrots & line the bottom. Stick in any other root veg hanging around. Chop some sausages into small rounds using scissors, coat them in flour & chuck them on top (if I can be bothered I cook them first for a couple of minutes in a wok). Sprinkle in a handful each of green lentils, red lentils and pearl barley. Couple of pinches or garlic power and mixed herbs. Dash of worcestershire sauce. Then, either:

1) Add a can of beer and then top up with water until ingredients are covered


2) Add 1 can beans & 2 cans chopped tomatoes

Leave to cook on low for 10 hours and serve with nice bread or rice or add some dumplings in 20 minutes before you want to eat.

I know it seems a hassle, but I do it at the beginning of the day when I have some energy (it only takes 10 min) and it's all ready when I'm pooped.

SoupDragon Fri 18-Jul-08 10:24:03


wannaBe Fri 18-Jul-08 10:24:54


chicken breast, bacon, onions, garlic and cream.

stir in cheese at the end and voila. takes 10 minutes

Purplepillow Fri 18-Jul-08 10:24:55

Well mine is ...... phone the chinese blush

serenity Fri 18-Jul-08 10:25:14

Soup and Toasted Cheese sandwiches.

Collision Fri 18-Jul-08 10:25:26

'Red Rice'

Fry the bits and pieces from your fridge - ie bacon, onion, garlic, courgette, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes etc Add to cooked rice and sprinkle cheese on top!

Tastes different every time!

Fimbo Fri 18-Jul-08 10:29:35

Baked potatoes with cheese (grated) and coleslaw.

Nothing to it.

beansmum Fri 18-Jul-08 10:34:44

chickpea pasta.
onion, garlic, tin of tomatoes, tin of chickpeas, a bit of salt and sugar. Cook, then whizz in the blender. serve with pasta.

or pizza toast
toast, tomato puree, cheese and whatever is in the fridge, grilled.

JulesJules Fri 18-Jul-08 10:36:19

Veggie egg fried rice, or veggie stir fry with noodles, or 4Ps - pasta peas and pesto with parmesan.
Or 2Ps - Phone for Pizza grin

SixSpotBurnet Fri 18-Jul-08 10:50:00

Pasta with tuna, peppers, sweetcorn, tomatoes, whatever else is going, plus spring onion, garlic and mayonnaise.

Has been staple "what we eat when we can't be bothered to make proper food" for DH and me for about 25 years now grin.

bogie Fri 18-Jul-08 10:55:51

Sloppy joes

Nice mince
chopped onion
fry untill cooked and sofened
then add
tin of tomato puree or soup
2 squirts of american mustard
salt and pepper

Serve on toasted burger buns with cheese and salad

ilovemydog Fri 18-Jul-08 10:57:46

tomato paste (slightly watered down)
cheese on top

notice all the fast recipes have tomotoes???

flubdub Fri 18-Jul-08 11:00:41

Were veggies (and I dont cook, at all, ever) But dp just coks loads of pasta with gravy granuels in the water, and mixes it with frozen veg and cheese. we tend to just have quorn pieces with a tikka masala sauce (or other jar'd sauce) and pasta most of the time.
Or cheap CHEAP asda pizzas with extra cheese, mushrooms and quorn pieces on top.

Furball Fri 18-Jul-08 11:30:58

bogie - is nice mince in the same aisle as nice ham? grin

AnAngelWithin Fri 18-Jul-08 11:32:55

cooked chicken, brocolli and cooked pasta in a dish. cheese sauce chucked on top and baked in the oven!

DS2 loves buttered pasta with tuna and sweetcorn and cheese on it!

Brangelina Fri 18-Jul-08 11:42:45


Cous cous with tinned chick peas and sauteed veg.

Pasta, either with a sauce I made earlier and bunged in the freezer, or a tinned sauce, or simply with egg and lots of parmesan (aka veggie carbonara).

"Picnics" eg. lumps of cheese, olives, tofu, raw veg sticks, chopped tomatoes in olive oil etc. artfully arranged on a plate and served with bread/toast/breasticks.

Tinned chickpeas drained and served with chopped tomatoes, chopped spring onions, whatever other veg you like and dressed with olive oil and a smidgen of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Ditto for cannelini beans. Serve with bread.

Fried eggs with steamed asparagus or broccoli florets to dip in the yolks, served with butter and shavings of parmesan.

lulumama Fri 18-Jul-08 11:47:38

prawns fried in garlic & olive oil tin of chopped tomatos, splash of tabasco and serve on couscous, pasta or microwave rice

or a tortilla

bogie Fri 18-Jul-08 12:21:22

yes grin

youngbutnotdumb Fri 18-Jul-08 12:26:51

Spicy smoked sausage pasta

Penne pasta
Tin of chopped tomatoes
With chilli flakes and sum basil and a bayleaf chucked in a pot for 10 mins then chop up a smoked sausage and add to to the saucde and mix with cooked pasta yum...

cat64 Fri 18-Jul-08 12:28:53

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noddyholder Fri 18-Jul-08 12:29:51

pesto chiken with pasta and peas so quick and tasty.Cook one piece of chicken in oven with garlic and olive oild.Take out slice really thin and stir through tagliatelle pesto and a spoon of philadelphia Yum!

Brangelina Fri 18-Jul-08 13:56:12

Eggy pasta

Cook pasta (small shapes work best)

When pasta is cooked and drained, return to pan, break egg (1 per person) into it and stir around. add grated cheese, stir some more. Egg in theory should cook in the neat given off by the pasta. If it doesn't cook though, turn the heat back on and give it another couple of stirs around (add a knob of butter if you do this though). Remove from heat and serve, with ground black pepper (optional) and more parmesan cheese.

I sometimes give the egg a quick blast in the microwave so it's half cooked before pouring it over the pasta. Saves a bit of time and the pan gets less encrusted.

Proserpina Fri 18-Jul-08 14:48:41

Not one for the little ones due to salt content and general rubbish, but this is a guilty pleasure in our house and probably likely to prove a hit with teenagers: Noodles and Eggs

Fry loads of garlic in a bit of butter and oil. Add a packet of instant noodles per person (one blue dragon chicken and chilli and one won ton seems to be most popular round here, mushroom is also good)and slosh on lots of boiling water, no need to measure. Adjust flavouring with soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, black pepper. Crack eggs into the mixture and simmer until eggs are cooked however you like them. Give chilli fans a tube of instant chilli or some hot sauce to splash or squirt over before eating.

I used to love cooking before I had my LO's and would spend hours in the kitchen so was quite indignant when I asked dh which of my specialties he liked best and he thought for a bit and said "noodles and eggs"!!! My dad likes it too although he's only allowed it on special occasions...

My favourite comfort food is cheese and tomato rice which basically does what it says on the tin, or savoury rice gloop which involves mushrooms, onions, garlic, a tin of mushroom soup and lots of cheese and black pepper. You can add tinned asparagus if feeling extravagant. And curry powder if you're after a sort of veggie Chicken Divanish effect. I do it without the mushroom soup and with cream cheese for ds and he's pretty keen.

Oh and if I'm ill, instant mashed potato with cheese, peas and a poached egg does the trick for me.

Hope my mother isn't reading this...blush

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