Easy Meals for Lazy Cooks: A Resource Guide

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I love the creativity and challenge of cooking meals for myself and others. Lately on weekdays, however, I've found myself reaching for less exciting options like frozen meals, cans of soup, and even the dreaded bowl of cereal while saving cooking for weekend. This has gotten pretty old and I've got to change my lazy ways. Thankfully, your library has plenty of easy cookbooks to encourage and inspire weekly culinary adventures.

Smart Cooking

Cooks much craftier than I have been experimenting with easier ways to cook, including:

  • Quick prep and limited ingredient meals with big flavor
  • Pre-frozen dinners prepared on the weekend and dropped into a slow cooker in the morning
  • Sheet pan and one-skillet meals

Let's dive into the world of lazy cooking with these great resources available at San Jose Public Library. If you already are a fan of easy meals then maybe you'll find a new favorite in this list!

Quick Cooking: Fast Meals for Tired People

Quick & Easy ChineseTaste of Home: Simple & Delicious CookbookCover of Fast Weeknight FavoritesCover to the Everything Quick and Easy 30-Minute, 5-Ingredient Cookbook

Cover of Ciao Italia: Five-Ingredient FavoritesJust a Bunch of RecipesCover of Quick & Easy ThaiCover of Roberto's New Vegan Cooking

Freezer Burn: Early Meal Prep Paying Off in the Long-Term

Cover of Fast to the Table Freezer CookbookCover of Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead & FreezeCover of Make-Ahead Meals Made HealthyCover of The Make-Ahead Kitchen

One Pot to Rule Them All: Simple Slow Cooker, Skillet, and Sheet-Pan meals

Cover of Skillet & Sheet Pan SuppersCover of The Cast Iron Skillet CookbookCover of 101 One-Dish DinnersBowl: Vegetarian Recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish MealsCover of 250 Best Meals in a Mug


I love cooking in batch due to a busy schedule yet often I am finding myself eating the same things over and over again... mainly- chicken, whole grain pasta, and a vegetable. While healthy, it can be a bit redundant. I look forward to looking for more recipes and variety in these cookbooks!

Thanks, Monique! I can definitely relate to the feeling of cooking redundancy. If you get the chance to try any of these books and find a recipe you particularly like, could you share the page number? :)

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