Some people just hate recipes. As a recipe lover and recipe developer, I try not to take this fact too personally. And I get it: especially on a weeknight, reading and following a recipe can require more concentration and focus than you have left. I have those times, too, and it’s then that I like to be on kitchen autopilot, making something so familiar to me that the few steps are programmed in my muscle memory.
A recipe is definitely not a part of this picture, but to get to the place where you can turn out a good meal without thinking, you need at your disposal a collection of what I call “dinner templates.” Without them, I would be going out to eat or ordering take out much more often. With them, I can keep my health and weight loss efforts on track.