Let’s face it, most of us have been eating like crap over the past month. With holiday parties, family dinners, and “every day is a holiday” drinking behind us, it’s the time of year when gym memberships spike, people make resolutions they won’t keep, and we get back on track. One of the best ways to clean up your act is by eating out less and cooking more at home.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat out as much as the next person, but when you’re doing it several times a week (or more), it gets expensive quickly. And, unless you’re eating at Life Alive for every meal, you really have no control or idea of what’s going into your food especially if you’re relying on late-night pizza, takeout, or fast food.
So, Y U NO COOK?
No skills? Hogwash. No time? Baloney. Hate doing dishes? Hire a TaskRabbit. Just don’t care enough about what you eat? You should. Have no idea what you can actually make? I’ve got you covered.
The answer? Cooking without the cooking.
This collection of 8 No-Cook Recipes from some of our favorite bloggers (including a few locals) are healthy, easy to assemble, and most importantly, delicious. Even if you’ve never turned on a stove in your life, you’ll be able to put any of these dishes together quickly and with only a few ingredients. Heck, you could even throw a dinner party because we’ve got everything from appetizers and drinks to entrees and dessert.
1. Orange Infused Overnight Steel Cut Oats (Recipe & Photo: Running to the Kitchen)
You don’t even have to use the microwave for a healthy start to the day. Soak steel cut oats in milk and your favorite flavorings overnight and you’ll have an on-the-go breakfast waiting for you.
2. Green Monster Smoothie (Recipe & Photo: Table for Two on NoshOnIt)
Detox with this green smoothie that’s packed with spinach and plenty of your favorite fruit so you don’t taste the green stuff.
3. Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Recipe & Photo: Tiny Urban Kitchen)
Local food blogger Jen Che wraps these fresh spring rolls up to take to a party. If you use store-bought cooked shrimp, all you have to do is soak the wrapping papers, roll, and go.
4. Kale Salad with Yogurt Mint Dressing (Recipe & Photo: A Thought for Food)
Local food blogger Brian Samuels combines two of the year’s favorite ingredients – kale and greek yogurt – into a healthy salad with only a few ingredients.
5. Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles (Recipe & Photo: Buns in My Oven)
We’re cheating a bit here because you do have to boil the noodles. But other than that, a 5-ingredient creamy peanut dressing using things you probably already have in your pantry makes for a tasty lunch.
6. Chicken Black Bean Burritos with Avocado Pineapple Salsa (Recipe & Photo: Taste and Tell)
Store-bought roasted chicken is a lifesaver in this no-cook Tex-Mex meal with a fruity salsa. Pop it in the microwave or oven if you want it warm, but it’s great on its own.
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles (Recipe & Photo: Confessions of a Chocoholic)
Everyone needs a little dessert. If you’re the kind of person who eats cookie dough before it makes it into the oven, these bite-sized eggless truffles from local food blogger Bianca Garcia are just what you need.
8. Grapefruit Margaritas (Recipe & Photo: Sweet Life Bake)
When all else fails, make yourself a “liquid” dinner with a margarita. Skip the pre-made mix and make your own with fresh juices and agave nectar for a healthier twist.
Making a meal on your own can give you a sense of accomplishment because you’ll feel good about what you’re putting into your body. Make 2013 the year that you resolve to eat out less, unsuck your kitchen, and cook more, even if you never have to flip a switch.
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