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I don't know about you, but as much as I love cooking, I am often too exhausted after work to do it. The last thing I want to do is spend an hour prepping, then an hour actually cooking and then finish off my evening slaving over the sink washing 49395820 pots and pans up. Thankfully, I've found there's a few ways around the most annoying bits of cooking and I thought I'd share them with you today. I've called this the Lazy Girl's Guide to Cooking, but really, it applies to anyone with fatigue issues (like myself) or people who just want to save some time without resorting to unhealthy options like takeaways and ready meals.

Have numerous one pot recipes on hand
Hands down the worst parts of eating home cooked food is the washing up afterwards! I don't know what I will do if I ever have someone besides myself to clean up after! To get around this issue, I've found that one pot recipes are the best way to minimise clean up time. I recommend having a variety of different ones to hand at all times so whenever you're feeling like you CBA when it comes to doing the dishes, you can still cook yourself something good.

Batch cook and use your freezer
This is obviously a classic cooking tip, whether you're wanting to save time, or money or just generally be more efficient in the kitchen. Sadly, I don't actually have a freezer at the moment so I can't utilise this tip myself which makes it seem all the more valuable to me. If, like me, you love to cook at weekends because you have the energy to do so, but when it comes to weeknights, work has sapped the life out of you, having ready made meals is such a good option. *runs off to buy a freezer*

Buy your veg pre-chopped
Often, it's not the thought of cooking itself that has me groaning, but more the thought of prepping the ingredients. There are so, so, so many vegetables you can get your hands on today that are already ready to go - why not make cooking a little bit easier on yourself?

Use ground ginger/garlic/chili or those handy little paste tubes you can get
Sadly, using ground ingredients will probably not have the same nutritional benefits, but they still pack a good punch of all-important flavour. I love ginger but I find it so damn fiddly and annoying to prepare the fresh stuff so with certain recipes, I am much happier to just use the paste or ground stuff.

Plan your meals around your commitments
On Thursday evenings, I head to roller derby straight after work and so I know already there is no chance of me cooking a full meal from scratch when I get in. In order to avoid caving in to my takeaway craving or buying a dreadful ready meal, I try my hardest to cook a proper meal on Wednesday night and save the leftovers for Thursday evening.

Consider a service like Hello Fresh
In my last blog post, I talked about the Hello Fresh recipe box subscription had reignited my passion for cooking again. These boxes have a number of benefits for lazy girls: they take away the hard work of deciding what on earth to have for tea, they bring all the ingredients you need right to your door, and mostly, they are already in the quantities you require.