“I hate to cook!”, wrote one of my readers. “How can I lose weight and eat healthy when I hate to cook?”

It’s an interesting challenge, as I’m all about using food to lose weight.  I personally don’t hate cooking, but I’m admittedly a lazy cook that looks for shortcuts whenever possible.

When I sustained a foot injury that prevented me from being able to cook (or do much else that required standing or walking), my dear husband stepped in and took over the kitchen, though his cooking was greasy and heavy on the meats while light on vegetables.

I realized that I too had to figure out how to eat healthily without cooking for myself.

The “I hate to cook” diet plan for weight loss to eat healthy and spend less time in the kitchen. Includes healthy no-cook options, simplified meal plan and meal prep, plus easy and healthy cooking shortcuts and hacks.

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The diet plan strategies listed below start with the easiest, no-cook options to quickly prep and hands-off cooking methods

The I-Hate-to-Cook Diet Plan for Weight Loss

1. Oven-Ready Meal Delivery Services

Leave the cooking to professional chefs and simply enjoy delicious oven-ready meals delivered right to your door.    

Factor is a meal delivery service that brings healthy, delicious meals delivered to your doorstep, so you don’t have to worry about cooking or meal planning.

All you have to do is choose your meal plan and select the meals you want. Their chefs will do the rest, preparing your meals with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

When your meals arrive, all you have to do is heat them up and enjoy.

Factor offers a variety of meal plans to fit your needs, whether you’re looking for keto, vegan, calorie smart, or just a healthy, balanced meal prepared by their chefs.

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Sun Basket Menu - Oven-Ready

Sun Basket is another notable meal delivery service that delivers fresh, organic produce and clean ingredients from the best farms directly to your door. 

You can plan your weekday dinners by choosing from a wide variety of mouthwatering custom meal plans from paleo, gluten-free, or carb-conscious to vegetarian, pescatarian or diabetes-friendly, and more.

One of their unique features is the delectable oven-ready meals that can be ready in 6 minutes!

They also offer a set of speedy pre-prepped meals that take only 15 minutes to get to the table.

You can also add no-cook breakfast, lunch, and snacks into your box:

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While these oven-ready meal delivery services score big on convenience, one downside is they are expensive.

2. Make a Meal Plan

Planning your meals in advance can save you time, money, and also reduces your stress around mealtimes so you can relax and enjoy your food and company.

Having a meal plan helps you to put together a shopping list for your grocery store run, thus saving you time with more targeted shopping.  

You’ll also save more money as you are less likely to wander and buy junk food items. 

Keep your meal plan simple by focusing on dinners, and eat leftover dinners for lunch.  Have no more than three types of breakfast foods on rotation, such as green smoothies, overnight oats, and boiled eggs.

3. Meal Prep

Spend less time in the kitchen every night by setting aside just an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon to meal prep for the week.   

Planning and prepping your meals enables you to group together similar, repetitive tasks, and focus on completing them quickly and efficiently.

Most people choose Sundays to meal prep for the upcoming week, myself included.  Pick a day of the week that works best for you and try to settle into this weekly healthy routine.  

Having the right essential meal prep tools also makes food prep fast and fun.

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4. Green Smoothies

I hate to cook diet plan - green smoothies

Drinking green smoothies is a fast and healthy way to consume your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. 

Blending veggies and fruits break through their tough cellular walls and release vital nutrients that make it easier for our body to absorb.

All that blended fiber helps to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in these fruits and vegetables, thereby preventing blood sugar spikes that can cause fat storage or worse, wreak havoc on people with diabetes.

The fiber also cleanses the inside of your body “like a sponge” to pick up impurities from your body.  This gets things moving through your bowels and contributes to weight loss.

Green smoothies make a healthy breakfast and take only a few minutes to put together with no cooking required.  

Batch prepare your green smoothies for the week by spending just 15 minutes to prep during the weekend, and you’ll have healthy breakfast smoothies to grab and-go during the week

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5. Slow Cooker Meals

Slow cookers are a mom’s best kitchen assistant!  It doesn’t get easier than throwing ingredients into the pot in the morning, press a button to cook during the day, and return home to a delicious all-in-one chili or stew dinner.

This multi-functional slow and pressure cooker helps you to cook everything from rice porridge to stews. 

I can make a healthy homemade bone broth in under 3 hours of pressure cooking.  It’s a huge time saver for busy moms!

6. Buy Pre-Cooked Proteins

Most grocery stores offer healthy pre-cooked proteins such as grilled chicken breast strips, pre-cooked shrimps, smoked salmon, or canned tuna.  These are easy protein add-ons to salads or pasta meals.

I buy a whole rotisserie chicken every week that lasts 3-4 meals for my family of 4.  We consume most of the juicy dark meats (wings, thighs, and legs) directly, and add the remaining white meats into white chicken chilis or soups.  

7. Buy Frozen Oven-Ready Veggies

I hate to cook diet plan - buy frozen

Buying frozen vegetables and fruits is a healthy and convenient hack to skip meal prep when you don’t feel like cooking.  

Frozen produces are actually quite healthy for you as they are allowed to fully ripen before harvesting and then frozen to “lock-in” their dense nutrients

Most frozen produce comes “ready-to-cook”, saving you a significant amount of meal prep time chopping and slicing ingredients before cooking.  

You can easily pop frozen produce into the microwave or roast them in the oven. I personally prefer the veggies roasted as it really brings out their flavor.  

The cooking time for roasting is much longer but well worth the wait, while the amount of hands-on prep time (mere seconds!) is the same as the microwave.

Frozen fruits like ready-cut strawberries can be added directly into the blender for a quick morning smoothie.

8. Buy Canned Beans and Sauces

Canned beans such as chickpeas, cannellini beans make easy no-cook additions to your salads and side dishes.  

Not only are they highly nutritious but they help you to feel full for longer.

Sauces such as tomato and pesto flavor your pasta dishes quickly and easily.  Just be sure to check ingredient labels and buy only the ones with wholesome, real food ingredients.  

I shop at Thrive Market where I can easily find healthy, clean canned bean, and sauces at wholesale discounts such as chickpeas, pesto sauce, tomato sauce.

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