Here, quick tricks to speed up your meal prepping for when you are feeling too lazy to cook.

By Maki Yazawa
September 14, 2020
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Aside from dancing routines and hilarious prank videos, TikTok offers a variety of practical life hacks you’ll be surprised you hadn’t thought of earlier. In addition to the pancake cereal and the (actually addicting) whipped coffee trends we can thank TikTok for, here are eight food hacks that will help save you time in the kitchen so you can spend more time hitting the whoa and less time making a mess cooking. 

No need to whip out the toaster for this recipe. All you need to do is scramble three eggs and dump into a nonstick pan over medium heat. Next, dip two slices of bread in the egg mixture while it is still liquid and then turn over and repeat. Lay both slices of bread flat in the middle of the pan and wait until your egg mixture has fully cooked. When ready, flip the entire egg and bread creation over (as you would a tortilla), so that the cooked egg omelette is facing up. As the bread toasts, fold the edges of the egg in to create a rectangular omelette that covers the surface of the bread slices. Feel free to add cheese or any other cooked toppings at this point. Then, simply fold one of the bread and egg sides on top of the other, much like closing a book. Voilà! You’ve likely just made the easiest breakfast egg sandwich ever. You can also replicate this concept using a tortilla instead of bread to make an easy egg breakfast quesadilla or burrito!  

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Craving something sweet for breakfast, but don’t want to go through the hassle of waiting for your oven to preheat for what seems like an eternity? Bring out your trusted waffle maker instead to make the most delicious cinnamon roll waffles in minutes. Using your favorite premade cinnamon rolls, place one roll (or enough to fill the surface) in your greased waffle maker, close the top and cook for about three to four minutes or until it's golden brown. Finish off with icing and indulge in restaurant-quality waffles from the comfort of your home.

You don’t need to be a pizza maker to master this easy recipe. Carve out the inside of a sliced bagel and line with tomato paste or your favorite tomato sauce. Place string cheese in the crevice and top with Italian seasoning. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. Get creative and try different cheese combos and toppings for a quick fix for all the pizza lovers out there.

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This is quite possibly the most intriguing hack of all and by far the easiest to make. All you need are Oreos, milk and a mug. Place four Oreo cookies in a mug and mash until powdery, add four tablespoons of milk, and combine. Microwave for 90 seconds to quickly transform your traditional Oreo cookies into an indulgent chocolate mug cake. Pro tip: add a quarter teaspoon of baking powder for a fluffier consistency.

Feeling lazy? No problem. Make your favorite comfort food in a mug without breaking a sweat. Combine ⅓ cup of elbow macaroni, ¾ cups of water, 1 tablespoon of butter, and season to taste. Microwave for two minutes, remove, and stir. Continue microwaving for an additional three minutes, stirring after every minute. Add ¼ cup of milk and ½ cup of shredded cheese; microwave for one minute and enjoy.

If you haven’t gotten sick of eating banana bread just yet, here’s how you can make it in just 60 seconds. In a mug, combine half a banana (mashed), ⅓ cup of oat flour, 1 tablespoon of oat milk, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts, and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut. Microwave one minute or until fully cooked through. Finish off with a generous drizzle of maple syrup and chopped walnuts for the easiest bread you’ll ever make.

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No need to get the fire going for this recipe. Though it may not be as fun as roasting marshmallows around a campfire for homemade s’mores, this recipe will help satisfy any late night dessert cravings. Begin by assembling a s’more as you normally would by placing a graham cracker square on a plate, layering with a chocolate square and topping with a large marshmallow; reserve the top graham cracker and microwave for 10 to 20 seconds. Once complete, top with your remaining graham cracker, smush, and enjoy.

Take your hard-boiled egg and crack a small, penny-sized hole on the pointed top of the egg, then crack a larger, quarter-size hole on the round, larger part of the egg. Forcefully blow through the smaller hole, making sure to catch the peeled egg that will release from the bottom. You will never stress over pesky egg shells ever again.