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The Lazy Girl's Guide to No-Cook Meals

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Effortless Lunches

Tomato Stuffed with Tuna, Capers, Basil, and Pine Nuts

Drain a jar or can of tuna. Flake into a bowl and toss with capers, toasted pine nuts, and chopped basil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Hollow out a tomato, then fill it with tuna salad. Garnish with additional basil.

White Bean Salad with Shrimp and Pickled Peppers Over Arugula

Combine rinsed canned white beans with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and salt and black pepper. Mix in halved cooked shrimp and a few chopped pickled peppers. Serve over baby arugula that?s been tossed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Hummus with Roasted Peppers and Red Onion in a Whole Wheat Pita

In a blender, combine rinsed canned chickpeas with a clove or two of minced garlic, tahini, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, a pinch of cumin, a pinch of cayenne, and salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. (Or skip this step and use your favorite brand of hummus.) Put the hummus in a whole wheat pita layered with roasted red peppers, sliced cucumbers, and thinly sliced red onions.

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese, Fresh Corn, and Arugula

Slice the kernels from a cob or two of sweet corn. Prepare whole wheat pasta; when it's almost done, add corn, cook for 20 seconds, then drain pasta and corn and briefly run under cold water. Drain well. Place arugula in a large salad bowl, add pasta and corn, and coat lightly with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper; toss well. Crumble some blue cheese over the top.

Couscous with Cucumber, Mint, Feta, and Watermelon

Prepare whole wheat couscous according to package instructions. Meanwhile, peel, seed, and thinly slice a cucumber and cut a wedge of seedless watermelon into small chunks. Toss the couscous, cucumber, and watermelon in a bowl. Throw in some crumbled feta, slices of scallion, and torn mint leaves. Whisk together one part red-wine vinegar to four parts olive oil and fold into the mixture just before serving. Season with salt and pepper.

Egg "Shooters" Topped with Greek Garlic-Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Peel, seed, and chop a cucumber. Stir it into a little Greek yogurt; add a minced garlic clove, some chopped fresh dill, and salt and pepper to taste. Peel hard-cooked eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Arrange egg halves on a platter. Spoon yogurt mixture over the top. Garnish with sliced olives if desired.

Whole Wheat Crostini with Tapenade and Hard-Cooked Eggs

Peel and slice a few hard-cooked eggs and pile them on slices of toasted, lightly buttered whole wheat baguette. Top each with a spoonful of prepared tapenade or olive paste. Garnish with a basil sprig or chives.

Chicken Pesto, Walnut, and Spinach Wrap

Place chunks of rotisserie chicken in a bowl. Toss with prepared pesto, chopped walnuts, and chopped celery. Fill wraps with chicken salad, then top with a handful of fresh baby spinach leaves. Roll up, burrito-style.

Tabbouleh and Parsley Salad with Cantaloupe and Pecans

Prepare tabbouleh according to package directions. Wash, dry, and mince a bunch of parsley and stir into tabbouleh along with chopped red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and a pinch of cayenne. Gently mix in cubed cantaloupe and chopped pecans.

Shrimp Salad, Ceviche-Style, with Lime Vinaigrette, Orange, and Radicchio

Finely chop a shallot and whisk with one part lime juice to three parts olive oil. Place cooked shrimp in a bowl with sliced orange segments and toss with vinaigrette. Season with salt and black pepper. Put sliced radicchio in the bottom of a cocktail glass and place shrimp mixture on top.

Zucchini Carpaccio with Olive Oil, Chopped Olives, and Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Trim a zucchini or two, then use a vegetable peeler to slice lengthwise into strips. Arrange zucchini ribbons on a plate and scatter chopped pitted olives over them. Drizzle with oil and fresh lemon juice; sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Top with curls of shaved Parmesan.

Corn Bread Panzanella with Jalapeno Jack Cheese, Cilantro, Black Beans, and Avocado

Cube a loaf of stale or toasted corn bread; cut a few ripe tomatoes into chunks. Combine with grated jalapeno jack cheese, chopped cilantro, and rinsed canned black beans. Whisk together fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, and a pinch of cumin. Pour juice mixture over a cubed avocado, then gently mix into the panzanella. Drizzle with olive oil.

Spinach Salad with Prosciutto, Pecans, and Dried Cherries

Slice prosciutto into 1/4-inch strips. In a bowl, whisk together two parts orange juice to one part olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper; drizzle with balsamic vinegar. In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach leaves, chopped pecans, prosciutto, and dried cherries. Add just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the greens.

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amrobert65379 wrote:

These don't look that easy....

8/1/2013 11:11:35 AM Report Abuse
danmoffett54 wrote:

Whole wheat spikes your blood sugar more than a snickers bar. Wheat is the problem, not the answer. Read the book "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis.

8/7/2012 04:36:45 AM Report Abuse
jerrylamos1 wrote:

Read the internationally famous book "The No Dairy Breast Cancer Program" by prof. Jane Plant, CBE Csitation Commander of the British Empire) whose breast cancer was spreading throughout her body in spite of multiple surgeries, chemo, radiation. She was eating yogurt to replenish her probiotics after chemo when it suddenly occured to her rural Chinese don't get breast cancer and don't do milk. Read her book to see how cow's milk helps fast growing cells grow faster even cancer.

8/5/2012 11:49:18 AM Report Abuse
dshoreypackard wrote:

Interesting ideas...would love to see all nutritional info...fat loss program has me looking for protein and carb info.

8/5/2012 10:04:28 AM Report Abuse
anacris_ramos wrote:

im really looking forward to try these out!

6/3/2012 12:07:54 PM Report Abuse

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