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If You're Lazy But Hungry, These 33 Products Are Here To Help

A good (but cheap) knife sharpener, microwavable packs of ready-to-eat food, an easy-to-use jar opener, and lots more that'll have your mouth watering if it's not already.

1. An Instant Pot – it can handle 9 (!!!!) kitchen tasks in one precious lil' appliance body so dinner's ready as soon as you walk in the door. Reviewers call it their "secret weapon," which I guess isn't so secret anymore. Psst, this is great whether you eat meat or not!

2. And some slow-cooker liners to make cleanup a total cinch. Sometime a super easy cleanup can help motivate yourself to cook (or maybe that's just me).

the liners in a slower cooker dividing into two sections with two kinds of dip

3. A family size air fryer with an auto-shutoff so you don't overcook those delectable wings someone will assume you picked up from somewhere. Plus it'll help you finally cook the elusive salmon fillet. (Trust me, it's very low effort.)

4. Pre-made simmer sauces that'll really zhuzh up that plain chicken breast you have thawing in the sink. Seriously, just dump that sauce on it once it's cooked in the pan! (Psst, they're also Keto- and Paleo-friendly but IMO don't taste like it.)

cast iron pan with the Thai Coconut Sauce cooking with chicken and bok choy

5. Or The Omsom Bundle, which is really just fancy talk for flavorful Asian dish starters (aka, the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings) to keep stashed in your pantry for heavy lifting. Each comes with recipes you can easily follow along. Just add protein and veggies!

6. A rapid egg cooker to get your favorite breakfast or salad topping *just* how you like it, rather than tossing improperly cooked eggs (for the millionth time). Maybe you'll love it so much, you'll buy two(!) like my friend Marissa.

the egg cooker

7. An Amazon Fresh membership to help keep you stocked up with eats without having to run out for them yourself because, shockingly, it's way easier to eat faster when you have food in the house! Also it is dangerous going into a grocery store when you're hungry.

8. Or a Hungryroot grocery delivery with 10-minute recipes tailored to your dietary needs/wants because you've been meaning to do so more research into buys that don't have artificial sweeteners, colors, or preservatives. But that sounds like a whole lotta work and your belly is eating your backbone.

kitchen with Hungryroot items in it

9. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans, an extremely tasty recipe of a dinner staple. You only have to put the bag in the microwave for 60 seconds, which'll help you concentrate on the other parts of your meal. (I love the Trini Chickpea Curry with rice for a super satisfying weekday lunch.)

10. An under-cabinet lid opener can help pop open that jar of pasta sauce in a jiffy. Everyone can use this, but reviewers with limited dexterity especially find it helpful!

11. A car vent dip clip so you're always prepared for a seriously saucey situation on the go.

reviewer dipping fry into sauce that's placed in the dip clip and attached to car vent

12. A variety pack of delish fully-cooked Indian chana that'll quickly heat up in the microwave and satisfy any takeout cravings you may have. I've tried all of these and they are SO good.

13. And a spicy vindaloo simmer sauce from the same brand you can dump in a pan with chicken, veggies, whatever for a delicious result.

14. *Reusable* toaster bags to help you achieve peak sandwich at home without firing up the stovetop *or* catching your toaster on fire! Gotta love a hot sandwich for dinner!

toaster with a sandwich in the bag sticking out of it

15. A couple of pot minders that'll prevent some spill over that always seems to ruin a cooking session, even if you fully recover after!

pot on stove with the pot minder stopping water from boiling over

16. Freshly pre-cooked meals that'll help sub in for other grab 'n' go lunches you can shove in the microwave for something that doesn't *taste* like a microwave meal.

bowl of pork carnitas on a cafeteria-style serving tray

17. An excellent chef's knife can help you cut up those whole ingredients with finesse so that's one less thing you've gotta worry about. ICYMI, cutting with dull knives is extremely dangerous!

person using the knife to thinly slice a tomato

18. Or a KitchenIQ sharpener that'll handle dull kitchen knives for change when compared to pricier sharpeners.

hand holding the kitchen sharpener in front of a cutting board with knives

19. A produce dicer might just make onion tears and food prep mess a thing of the past! This way you won't waste so much energy on *evenly* spiralizing or chopping, a fool's errand! (Jk, but this'll make it way easier.)

20. Or a manual food chopper for quick work of herbs, fruits, veggies, and ice in case your knife skills could use some practice or you just wanna make food prep a lil' more fun.

Reviewer before and after photos showing roughly chopped veggies finely minced by the chopper

21. A Pig of the Month Club subscription – it comes with lots o' meaty options that are all but ready for ya'. You don't have to start from scratch when it comes to cooking! Here's to the hard work having been already done for some amazing ribs.

pork chops grilling on a grill

22. And while we're on the subject, some tangy Memphis-style BBQ sauce you'll want to pour over basically everything on your dinner plate.

the bottle of sauce

23. A colander spoon to let you scoop food straight out of the pot for a speed trip to Flavortown. Plus it'll be much easier to hand wash than a regular old colander.

pot of boiling oil with the colander-like spoon scooping out wontons

24. A rice cooker big enough to make 8 cups of rice but take up just a small amount of counter space. If you've ever messed up a pot of rice 1) I can relate 2) this story is for YOU.

25. SoCu Kitchen pancake and waffle mix — this one is lemon and blueberry! — for when that breakfast for dinner craving hits and assembling pancake mix from your pantry goods is too much effort. (Also, this'll taste drastically better.)

stack of pancakes with lemon peels and blueberries

26. An automatic bread maker that'll help you whip up some breads, cakes, and jams that might just have friends texting you "Is that bread ready?"

27. A microwave pasta cooker can achieve al dente noods ready to top off with some jarred sauce for a super easy meal that doesn't require boiling water on the stove.

rectangular clear plastic container with noodles inside and holes for draining

28. And some jarred truffle-infused pasta sauce for quite possibly the fanciest take on a lazy meal.

plate of spaghetti with the sauce

29. A beet and fresno hot sauce will doctor up most anything you have. Cheers to this when you're feeling uncreative or are just trying to clear out your freezer.

30. A Rapid Ramen Cooker that'll transform a brick of noods into the base for a delish meal in just three minutes in the microwave! 'Tis time to put that ramen you've been hoarding the pantry to tasty use.

the cooker with ramen ingredients in it

31. Chicken that ships marinated in case you're still a bit confused about that flavor-boosting process.

32. MingsBings, aka delicious vegan patties you can eat quickly. But these aren't your average convenience food. They're made by a James Beard award-winning chef!

cut open MingBing

33. A personal blender to make whipping up a drinkable lunch that much easier. No more losing tasty gloops of smoothie when you transfer from your regular-sized blender to a drinking vessel.