What to cook when you don’t feel like cooking
You’re tired and hungry—and everyone wants dinner now! Luckily, there’s no need for a last-minute meal to derail your weight loss. Many pantry and fridge staples for dinner—like vegetables, lean meat, fish, pasta, potatoes, beans and rice—can be eaten freely with Slimming World’s healthy eating plan.
With these staples plus a few no-fail tricks in the kitchen, it’s possible to put together satisfying, lightning-fast meals that’ll keep you on track—even when the last thing you want to do is cook.
Start with a well-stocked arsenal
Keep your pantry, fridge, and freezer stocked with these healthy, filling staples, and it will always be easy to throw dinner together in a flash.
- Canned beans: an assortment including white, red, black, and chickpeas
- Dried rice (white or brown), quinoa, and barley—look for quick-cooking options where available
- Dried pasta
- Fat-free Italian or French dressing
- Canned tuna and salmon, packed in water
- Canned diced tomatoes (no oil or sugar added)
- Chicken and beef broth
- Vinegars and soy sauce
- Cooking spray*
- Fat-free plain yogurt (Greek and regular)
- Fat-free or 1% plain cottage cheese
- Frozen carrots, peas, corn, chopped onion, diced bell peppers, riced cauliflower, and greens, such as spinach, kale, and collards
- Shrimp (defrosts in just 20 minutes!)
- Rice—you can buy or make frozen pre-cooked plain rice
Keep these recipe ideas in your back pocket
With your staple ingredients on hand, you can whip up meals like:
- Sicilian tuna pasta (shown above): Mix canned diced tomatoes (no sugar or oil added) with crushed garlic and bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes to reduce slightly. Stir in canned, drained tuna (packed in water), leftover cooked pasta, and capers, and cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Serve with a mixed greens salad.
- Cuban rice and beans: Cook black beans with cumin, garlic powder, oregano, frozen chopped onions and peppers, and a splash of red wine vinegar; serve over plain steamed rice.
- Clean-out the fridge frittata: Lightly beat eggs, then stir in whatever you have on hand, like diced leftover vegetables, leftover cooked meat or chicken (all skin and visible fat removed), cooked potatoes, rice or pasta. Transfer to a skillet and bake at 375°F until the eggs are set, about 10-15 minutes.
- Pasta fagioli: Cook frozen chopped onion in cooking spray* with garlic powder, then add diced canned tomatoes, broth, and dried pasta. When pasta is cooked, stir in drained, canned beans, and warm through to serve.
*Up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional 5 sprays.