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People Are Sharing Their Favorite Cheap And Easy Quarantine Meals, And I'm Definitely Taking Notes

It's been a year, 2020.

Cooking fatigue is real, and many of us are feeling it right now. But luckily, Reddit users have been sharing the best lazy and cheap meals that have been getting them through quarantine. Here are several!

1. Upgraded Instant Ramen

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"I start with a package of instant ramen and crack an egg into the soup while the noodles cook. I also add frozen veggies like corn, plus some garlic and ginger."

u/jpaxonreyes

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2. Egg Quesadillas

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"I scramble a couple of eggs and cook them as I would cook an omelet, but I top them with a flour tortilla. Flip the tortilla, add some cheese, and top with another tortilla and flip once more. For a nice, crispy crust, brush the tortillas in olive oil. I like to dip my quesadillas in salsa, but spaghetti sauce works too."

u/Hi_new_here_

3. Fried Rice

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"I make rice in the slow cooker and stir-fry it with whatever leftover veggies and meat I have in my kitchen."

u/shouldco

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4. Frozen Meatballs Over Instant Mashed Potatoes

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"I start with frozen meatballs and premade (or store-bought) gravy. I cook the meatballs in the gravy for about 25 minutes. At the same time, I heat up some instant mashed potatoes or rice. Then I serve everything in one bowl, and it basically tastes like Salisbury steak."

u/tatsuedoa

5. Naan Pizza

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"I start with one round of frozen or fresh naan; then I add a spoonful of tomato sauce and a handful of cheese. I pop it into the toaster oven for about five minutes, and it's ready to eat."

u/Artsy215

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6. Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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"Put chicken breasts, taco seasoning, and some salsa in the slow cooker. Four hours later, you've got shredded salsa chicken, perfect for making tacos."

u/atouchofrazzledazzle

7. Pasta Carbonara

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"This meal comes together in about 10 minutes. Boil some pasta, beat eggs, add cream, fry up some bacon, grate cheese, and toss it all together."

u/mreowimakat

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8. Loaded Baked Potato

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"I bake a potato (or even just microwave it for 10 minutes), slice it down the middle, and stuff it with butter, cheese, onions, sour cream, herbs, or whatever else I have on hand, like shredded sandwich meat."

u/Fragraham

9. Easy Peanut Noodles

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"Start with noodles like cooked instant ramen boiled without the seasoning packet. Toss the noodles in peanut butter, sriracha, hoisin, and soy sauce. Measure with your heart. Add in any veggies you want. If you have roasted peanuts, toss those in as well."

u/FishtopherGoblin

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10. Sausage and Rice Skillet

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"You can keep all the ingredients in your freezer so you're always prepared. Brown the sausage in a skillet, add the peppers and onions, then add cooked rice and broth. Let it simmer for 20 minutes, then season with spices."

u/sjoesucks

11. Wonton Soup With Frozen Dumplings

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"I buy frozen dumplings to keep on hand. Then, when I'm hungry, I either panfry them or boil them with my favorite veggies in broth for soup."

u/OldLadyTurtle

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12. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

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"I keep the Pacific-brand soup on hand and pretty much always have cheese and a loaf of bread. Panera charges $15 for what costs me $3 and 10 minutes to make at home!"

u/trailerparkdropout

13. Egg in a Hole

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"Cut a circle into Texas toast (or any kind of bread). Toss the bread into a pan and crack an egg into the whole. Flip once and garnish with cheese or hot sauce."

u/BatCaveSwag-12

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14. Easy Chilaquiles

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"I cut a corn tortilla into pieces and throw them into a pan with a little vegetable oil. Once the tortilla chips are crispy, I add eggs that I beat with a little cream. Scramble the eggs and season with salt, pepper, and a couple of dashes of sriracha sauce. If I have salsa or shredded cheese, I add that, too."

u/imjemmaD

15. Nachos

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"I always have tortilla chips in my pantry. I top them with whatever meat is in my fridge (browned in a skillet and seasoned), avocado, sour cream, cheese, tomato, lettuce, or whatever else I have at home."

u/kat_ale

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16. Tuna Melt

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"Tuna melts were once my go-to college meal. I take tuna straight out of the can, add some lemon, pepper, and whatever cheese I have handy. Grill it on bread and you've got a cheap, quick dinner."

u/thelasttimelady

17. California Roll Bowl

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"I make rice in the rice cooker and top it with cold ingredients like avocado, shredded imitation crab (or canned tuna), cucumber, and radish. Top it with a little rice vinegar, mayo, and sriracha. It's a faux poke bowl in minutes."

u/nanaimo

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18. Frito Pie

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"All you need are Fritos, canned chili, shredded cheese, and some toppings like onion, salsa, sour cream, or jalapeños. It's so low effort, yet so good."

u/laughatbridget

19. Tortilla Pizza

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"Take tortillas and pasta sauce from the cupboard. Add shredded cheese and leftovers from the fridge. Toast at 450 degrees until the edges of the tortilla brown and the cheese starts bubbling."

u/flux_monkey

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20. Everything but the Kitchen Sink Frittata

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"Beat some eggs and mix them with bacon or ham, onions, chopped mushrooms, spinach, eggs, milk, or anything else in your fridge. Pour the egg mixture into a buttered muffin pan. Season with salt and pepper and pop it in the oven."

u/Onceabanana

21. Pasta Bake

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"It's just three ingredients: pasta, sauce, and cheese. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes and it yields a few days' worth of delicious meals. If you have the energy to slice an eggplant or zucchini, you can throw that in, too."

u/probsbeok

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22. Tuna Pasta

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"Open a can of tuna fish and mix it with cooked pasta. Drizzle it with extra-virgin olive oil, capers, and red pepper flakes."

u/tod315

Do you have an easy quarantine meal you've been making on repeat? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

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