Even someone who enjoys cooking gets tired of cooking.
So, learn the shortcuts and be ready to roll out a meal for the time it takes for water to boil.
Shortcut #1 Always have your favorite grain or pasta in the pantry, and your favorite beans. Bulgur and cous-cous take minutes to put on the table. (Do not purchase packages with flavorings added. Add your own cumin and cloves for a middle-eastern flavor, hot chilies and cilantro for a Mexican flavor, hot chilies and ginger for a Chinese flavor.)
Shortcut #2 Use any vegetables/fruit at hand, chop, dice, and combine with lemon and olive oil for a quick topping. Use your favorite spice to give character to the dish, and to create a Newness about it.
Shortcut #3 Serve on different plates or in a different mode. Wraps, tortillas, focaccia or in a bowl with chopsticks.
Shortcut #4 Double the recipe and you have lunch the next day.
What do you prepare when you don't have time, or energy for cooking?