I boobytrap my pantry, so even when I’m tired, I know there’s something there for me to eat that’s better than the takeaway up the road.  

I don’t know about you, but a takeaway meal has rarely left me feeling shiny, bright, inspired and in a better state than how I felt before I made the decision to get it.

Is there anything wrong with every now and then lazy takeaway? 

When I know better, it’s a 50% yes and 50% no for me.  
Dining out can be a beautiful experience, accessing other cultures or even experiencing the thought process behind a creative chefs brain. 

This differs from the takeaway up the road. Especially when a throw away $50 weekly takeaway meal is justified, but an $80 once a month 60 minute massage is not.
Or buying that $49 ebook that you’ve had your eye on, for months.
Or those eco-tins that would replace your old saggy tupperware containers that have really had it. 

So, I boobytrap.

I make my favourite delicious ingredients available, so even when I’m tired, I can have dinner ready fairly quickly and it’s going to meet our needs (cravings) for the night. 

I’ll add special ingredients that I know will win us over, it doesn’t take much – usually in the form of sheep’s haloumi or some roasted potatoes.

So the question is – what’s ‘better’

On one hand: a bowl of roasted potatoes, cooked in coconut oil or ghee with spices, salt and pepper.  Usually once I’ve done that, I’ve found my groove and there’ll be a side of sauteed greens or a quick salad.

On the other: takeaway with an unbeknownst amount of additional sugar, salt, gnarly vegetable oils, cooked by someone who most likely doesn’t really want to be there. 

I know what I’d choose. 

Here are 6 of my auto-pilot meals

My tip: take these and make them. Then, make them again and again.

Soon enough, they’ll be engrained in your brain, you’ll be comfy with them and start freestyling too with what is in your pantry/fridge.

I also make a point of always having in my pantry: oil, salt, pepper, brown basmati rice, coconut milk, curry paste and potato. So I know, Lazy Lou is covered for these times.




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Hey I'm Lou

Hey, I’m Lou

Back in 2013 I bought healthy salad delivery to busy women in the Sydney CBD. Mama to BJ. Lover of crispy bacon, popcorn and BYO’ing my own cashew milk to cafe’s for my coffee. My mission: to empower you in the kitchen to cook simple meals, so you can nourish your family – even when you’re busy AF because you (and they) are worth it. On this site you’ll find family-friendly recipes that are simple to make and delicious. Enjoy.

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