Cheater recipe: salad-bar stirfry

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I am trying to eat better, but I'm fundamentally lazy. Always have been. However, I'm pretty good at eating reasonably healthy food that requires minimal effort. I thought I'd start posting some of my recipes because all the nurses I know say "I'd like to eat better, but I don't have time." Welcome to the NNR culinary school of lazy vegetarian fast food. Recipes all serve one.

Recipe 1: Salad-bar stirfry

So named because you get the veggies you want from the salad bar and avoid that whole tedious vegetable-chopping thing, this recipe can be on the table in 10 minutes (assuming you've already been to a salad bar; when I'm at the grocery store I just get several packs of veggies I'll want to cook in the next 2 days).

  • Package of oriental ramen noodles (the only vegetarian kind I've found)
  • Package of veggies you've gotten from the salad bar
  • 8 to 10 cubes of tofu
  • Basic stirfry sauce of your choice (mine is 1 tsp corn starch, 1 tsp sesame oil, some soy sauce, some apple cider vinegar, and a little sugar)

Start the water for the ramen and heat up a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. Cook the noodles while you fry the tofu cubes and vegetables in the stirfry sauce. They should both finish at about the same time. Drain the noodles and toss them with the the vegetables and tofu.

For alternative laziness, buy the rice that comes in a cup and can be heated in 1 minute. Either way you've got food containing vegetables with minimal effort.