The solution to having to eat every day

If you resent the fact you have to prepare and eat food every single day, this might be the recipe for you. It even tastes okay.

Buffet of Indian dishes.

The human body is high maintenance. We need to breathe air, drink water, not get too hot, not get too cold, not get hit by a truck, and eat food every single day.

I wouldn’t mind eating once a week for enjoyment, but every day–multiple times a day–is too much. Who has the time for this, especially once you add in food prep time?

Hubby used to tell me if I ever found a brown goo that fulfilled all my dietary requirements I would live on it.

Well, good news!

I’ve invented the perfect recipe for people who can’t be bothered with cooking and don’t care about gourmet eating. It takes 5 minutes to prepare (10 if the curry powder’s fallen down behind the flour again and takes a while to find), it’s cheap, nutritious, and it actually tastes okay.

It’s so easy anyone can make it, and you can use almost anything you have on hand.

Too good to be true? Just watch.

Note you will need a microwave rice cooker (currently $20 from Amazon) and a microwave.

Pretty food on a plate. Who knows what it is, but it doesn't look very filling.
It won’t look like this, but would you really want it to?

Step 1: Rice

Add 1 cup of brown rice. If you don’t have a measuring cup, it doesn’t matter. Use a small mug.

Fancy types of rice work too, but sort of defeat the purpose of simple and cheap.

Step 2: Beans

Add a 420g tin of beans (that’s a normal sized tin), including the liquid.

You might have questions, like, ‘what sort of beans?’. Nearly any question you can think of, the answer is, it doesn’t matter. Whatever sort you like or have. Chickpeas work too. Or tinned lentils (I imagine).

Why beans? They have lots of nutritious stuff in them and they make you feel full. Lots of protein, if you’re concerned about such things and, despite rumours to the contrary, not at all poisonous.

Step 3: Veges

Add vegetables, about 2 cups. Any sort work, but I recommend whatever’s in your fridge about to go off. This works as a disposal system for unwanted leeks, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, Chinese vegetables, and anything else you can think of.

Mixed frozen vegetables are easy, and you don’t even need to defrost them.

If your veges come in large pieces, cut them up to the size you want to stick in your mouth.

Step 4: Seasoning

Add seasonings. I use a tablespoon of curry powder and one vegetable oxo cube. (I don’t know if America has those, but it’s a cube of salty vegetable stock.) Crumble up the oxo now or you’ll have to stir lots later.

If you have herbs, fresh or dried, throw in some of them too.

Optional step 5: Other stuff

Add other stuff, like mushrooms. Not the poisonous ones, and cut them up first.

If you eat meat, add bite-sized pieces now.

Step 6: Water

Add two cups (or mugs) of water and stir. Try not to get it all over the bench.

If there’s still room in your rice cooker, you might want to add some more vegetables.

Step 7: Cook

Put the lid on your rice cooker and microwave it on high for 30 minutes while you go away and do more important things, like pretty much anything.

Don’t worry, it will be there whenever you get back, and will probably still be hot. But open a window or put on an extractor fan before you go, because it makes a lot of water vapour.

Step 8: Adjust if necessary

Give it a stir and see if the rice is still hard.

If the rice is soft, eat.

If it’s hard and dry, add half a cup of water and cook 5 more minutes.

And if it’s hard and wet, cook 5 more minutes.

Repeat if necessary.


Hubby charitably calls this ‘rice risotto’, which it isn’t, but you can probably live on it. It serves 4, especially if you add a piece of toast, and lasts several days in the fridge before the rice gets too hard.

You’re welcome.

An elegant dish of salmon served on lettuce with a drizzle of something brown, pretentious tiny tomatoes, and a lemon wedge.
It won’t look like this either. You really need to lower your expectations.

Do you have a favourite minimal-effort recipe for when you need to eat but just can’t be bothered? Care to share?

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Author: A.S. Akkalon

By day, A.S. Akkalon works in an office where the computers outnumber the suits of armour more than two-to-one. By night, she puts dreams of medieval castles, swords, and dragons onto paper.

4 thoughts on “The solution to having to eat every day”

  1. Sounds okay to me but I could no more get this recipe past my husband than I could persuade him to . . . I’m trying to think of something that would be harder to get him to do than eating beans, or kale, or most of the stuff in this concoction. But it’s okay because he does almost all the cooking. And I love to eat, so I have nothing to kvetch about.

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