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5 simple foods to cook when you don't feel like cooking

These simple recipes prove that delicious meals can be prepared with minimal effort.

Agege bread omelette [Kiki Foodies]

We've all been there. The refrigerator door swings open, and there is the familiar stare-down between a rumbling stomach and uncooked food.

Cooking can be a joyous experience, but let's face it – there are days when the thought of standing in front of a stove seems daunting.

Whether you're feeling tired, lazy, or just not in the mood, there's no shame in wanting a quick and easy meal. A satisfying and flavourful meal doesn't have to require hours in the kitchen.

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Here are five simple dishes that require minimal effort but deliver maximum flavour:

We all know and love the convenience of Indomie noodles. But this time, take it a step further! Saute chopped veggies like onions, bell peppers, and your choice of protein – shredded chicken, tinned sardines, or crumbled crayfish – in a little oil.

Add your favourite Indomie flavour and simmer until the noodles are cooked through. This quick and easy dish is sure to become a weeknight staple.

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We all know and love the agege bread. Take it a step further and create a hearty and flavourful agege bread omelette. Simply whisk together eggs with chopped onions, tomatoes, and your favourite spices.

Fry the eggs, toast the agege bread and slice it into two parts, then put the omelette in between the bread. Let it toast until set, and enjoy it with a chilled beverage or juice.

Leftovers are a gift, not a burden! Repurpose leftover roasted chicken, beef or fish into a flavourful salad. Add leftover grilled vegetables and chopped boiled eggs, and top it off with crispy fried or roasted bole (plantain).

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Drizzle with your favourite sauce, and voila! A satisfying and flavourful meal created with minimal effort.

Embrace the comfort a bowl of Garri offers. Garri is that versatile cassava flake that can be enjoyed in a simple yet satisfying way. Soak garri in cold water for just a few minutes to achieve a slightly wet consistency.

Add milk for creaminess, sugar for sweetness, and a generous sprinkle of groundnut (peanuts) for a delightful combination of textures and flavours. You can also enjoy this with grilled/smoked fish and Coconut.

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Sometimes, a return to familiar flavours is the ultimate comfort. Quick-cook oats simmered in water or milk create a warm and comforting meal anytime of the day.

Elevate this simple dish with a vibrant array of toppings. Sliced bananas, chopped mangoes, or a handful of berries to add a burst of sweetness and essential vitamins. A drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of cinnamon can also provide extra flavor and warmth.

Cooking need not be a stressful task. These five simple recipes prove that delicious meals can be prepared with minimal effort. So, the next time you’re tempted to order takeout, consider these delightful options.

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