Baked Ziti

Everybody likes lasagna, but nobody wants to make lasagna. Personally, I don’t think there’s any reason to do it when you can make ziti, lasagna’s lazier, but equally tasty little brother.

Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 13″ x 9″ casserole (8 servings or so)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb box of ziti or penne (I used penne since it’s what I had)
  • 1 lb of ground beef (optional)
  • 12 – 16 oz of ricotta cheese (You can buy it from the store, however I made fresh ricotta before cooking which is unbelievably easy to do and it made this taste 50 times better.)
  • 12 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil
  • One onion (I actually only used half, but use however much you like)
  • Three – six garlic cloves (Again, to taste, but I used 6)
  • Parmesan (optional)
  • Two 28 oz cans of peeled whole tomatoes (Preferably San Marzano tomatoes, but use what you can get)
  • 1 Tsp dry basil
  • 1 Tsp dry oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tsp chili flakes (optional)

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Banana Bread

Nobody likes wasted bananas, so do this instead of throwing away your spoiled bananas. This is a basic banana bread recipe with a couple of my personal tweaks that really take it over the top. If you have bananas going bad, freeze them until you save four of them to make this.

Time: 1 hr

Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients

  •  1 stick butter (softened if possible)
  •  ½ cup white sugar
  •  ½ cup brown sugar
  •  2 eggs
  •  4 old or VERY ripe bananas (You can get away with 3, but trust me you want 4.)
  •  1 ½ cup flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder or soda
  •  Dash of salt
  •  Dash of vanilla (Optional, but recommended)
  •  Dash of cinnamon (Optional, but recommended)

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Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl

One day I wanted a burrito bowl from Chipotle and then remembered Chipotle is gross so I decided to make one myself. This is a basic recipe that can be tweaked according to your needs.

Time: 45 – 75 minutes

Serves: 2 – 4

Ingredients:

– 1 lb of chicken breast

– 1 large can of black beans (retain the juice)

– 1 cup dry rice

– Cheese of your choice (I used a 4 cheese Mexican blend)

– 2 juicy limes

– A bunch of cilantro

– 2 – 4 RIPE Avocados (depending on how much guacamole you want)

– Adobo Sauce (You can buy this at the store or make your own. If you choose to make your own, I’ll explain how to below.)

Ingredients for Adobo Sauce: 4 dried ancho chiles; 4 dried guajillo chiles; 2 teaspoons ginger (fresh or ground); 1 teaspoon of ground cumin; 1.5 teaspoons of kosher salt; and half a teaspoon of black pepper

– Salsa of your choice (I made my own simple salsa. If you want to make this salsa, fill a blender with three tomatoes, two tomatillos, half a red onion, a few jalapenos or whatever other peppers you have available, a teaspoon of salt, lime juice, and cilantro to taste. Pulse a few times until blended and at the thickness you want.)

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Fried Chicken

Everyone likes fried chicken (unless you’re an asshole) but a lot of people don’t know how to make fried chicken. Here’s how to make it correctly and easily.

 

Time: 4 hours in fridge; 25 minutes cook time

Servings: 4 – 6

Ingredients

– Chicken with skin on (You can use whatever part(s) you want. I cut a 1.5 lb breast into large chunks for this recipe.)

– 1 Quart Buttermilk

– Salt (eyeball it, but no more than 1 tbsp.)

– Pepper (same as the salt)

– 2 – 3 cups flour (depending on if you double-dip; more on that later)

– 1 teaspoon paprika

– 1 tbsp. corn starch (optional, but recommended)

– 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

– Dash of Garlic Salt (optional)

– 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

– Oil (I used peanut oil for this, but just about any oil will work.)

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Spinach Tortellini Bake

This is an easy and extremely tasty recipe for those nights that you want a nice creamy pasta. If that’s not good enough for you, it’s also pretty cheap (less than $12 of ingredients to feed four adults). I adapted this recipe from here with a  few tweaks.

Serves 4

Time: 30 – 40 mins

Ingredients

1 20 oz. package frozen Three Cheese Tortellini (or your favorite kind)

1 8 oz. pack plain cream cheese (Do not use whipped cream cheese, it won’t work. Just get a cheap block of regular cream cheese.)

12 oz chicken or vegetable stock (Let’s be serious though, use chicken stock.)

A bunch of spinach (I literally mean a bunch tied together, but you can add as much spinach as you want if you want to go full Popeye.)

1 cup Colby Jack or mozzarella cheese, shredded (You can use cubes, but it works way better shredded)

Chili flakes to taste

1 tbsp of dried basil (optional)

Parmesan cheese to taste

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Pastor’s Pie

A Southwest take on shepherd’s pie. A My Lazy Kitchen OG recipe.

Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4 – 6

Ingredients

1 lb Ground Beef

12 oz Chorizo, casing removed

2 small cans of black beans, drained

1 onion

Chili powder to taste

Seasoned salt to taste

Olive oil

1/2 to 1 lb fresh green beans (adjust depending on how much you like green beans)

8 oz shredded cheese (I suggest either a Mexican blend or Colby Jack, but use whatever you want)

Mashed potatoes (homemade or store bought)

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Kitchen Essentials

Here’s a checklist of some items I think every kitchen should have if possible. These are all basic kitchen tools and have multiple applications because fuck unitools (I’m looking at you strawberry slicer).

  • A Knife Set: You should really invest in good knives. They make cooking much easier. Get a few good knives (a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a serrated blade) if you can’t get a whole block. If you can only get one, get a good chef’s knife.

Chef’s Knife

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