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My Favourite Simple & Delicious Go-To Recipes

By on December 11, 2015

People always assume that I eat so well because I love to cook.

FALSE! 

Not even close. The truth is that I actually don’t enjoy cooking. But I love food. So why the heck do I cook? Well, honestly, if I want to control what I eat – for whatever reason (aesthetics, health, performance) I need to cook. I do it out of necessity.

I’m the furthest thing from a slacker but when it comes to cooking I want my food prep to be as simple as possible so I can get out of the kitchen and go do something fun! I know many of you are in the same boat so I want to share with you my favourite quick, easy, minimal ingredient, cost effective recipes that are a sure bet time after time.

 

Braised Rosemary Lamb Shoulder Chops. 

Lamb shoulder chops are always on sale. They are typically imported from New Zealand and raised without hormones. BONUS! I got sick and tired on BBQ & broiling so I tried this braising recipe. To die for! I didn’t have allspice or thyme and I didn’t feel like making a special trip to the grocery store so I just skipped them and I really don’t think it made any difference. I’m the laziest cook ever!

 

Paprika Roasted Chicken

I’ve cooked a lot of chicken using a variety of methods, baking, slow cooker, BBQ. There is something special about this Martha Stewart recipe, I think it’s the cooking method, that will blow your mind & taste buds. In fact, I’m not sure I’m going to cook chicken any other way from now on. I followed the cooking instructions exactly. The only thing I add to this recipe is a big lemon wedge and some garlic cloves stuffed inside the chicken cavity.

 

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This recipe is a staple in our house, and believe it or not it’s usually a hit when I bring it to a pot luck. Yes, I’m brave enough to bring brussels sprouts to a party. But people with think it’s cool because it’s Paleo, lol! Paleo-shmaleo.

 

Apricot- Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Let’s eat some carbs! This one is my holiday hit. I always get asked to bring this Apricot-Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole to family get-togethers. I’m a short cut cook so sometimes I simplify recipes, even the easy ones. The modifications I have made for this recipe are as follows (it always turns out great):

  • Less brown sugar
  • OJ instead of apricot juice
  • Skip the orange peel (I’m such a slacker)

 

Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

Did you really think I wasn’t going to include a cheesecake recipe? This super simple crustless cheesecake is to die for and it doesn’t require a water bath which is a bonus because that shit is complicated. I have hacked this recipe a few times and it’s never disappointed.

  • I’ve modified it to use less sugar, or no sugar and it’s still awesome. A bit of stevia instead of the sugar seems to be the ticket.
  • I’ve also used vanilla whey protein powder sweetened with stevia to substitute the flour which sweetens it and increases the protein.  And voila, now it’s gluten free too (use GF corn starch).
  • My sister is GF so when I make this for her I use GF flour and cornstarch and if I want to keep it low carb then I use one of the sugar modifications above too.
  • I’ve also halved this recipe/made mini cheesecakes using a muffin tray and it didn’t flop. Yippee!

 

Well there you have it, some of my favourite lazy chef recipes with my slacker modifications. Enjoy!

I’m definitely making that cheesecake this weekend!

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