Okay, so it’s one of my pet peeves that when the subject of cooking comes up, and I tell people I’m terrible at cooking, plus I hate cooking, plus I started three mini-fires just by boiling water for mac ‘n’ cheese–I immediately, invariably get a patronizing lecture on how I just need to get over myself and learn to cook. It irritates me, because I know DAMN well that they are attempting on giving me the chastising lecture because I am female, and it’s apparently mandatory that I need to learn how to cook. Piss on their double standard. (Men who cook, on the other hand, are irresistibly endearing! *laugh*)
If you have the money, there are restaurants galore these days to compensate for a lack of cooking ability, even for vegetarians/vegans, these days restaurants are a lot more accommodating than they were when I first became a vegetarian (1991). Food trucks are a good option, I’ve found.
When you’re a broke vegetarian, like me, and hate cooking, and only have a toaster oven, it does make for some (temporary, I keep hoping!) limitations, but there’s still stuff I can find to eat without incurring the expense of eating out. For snacks, I was existing on chips for a while by Kettle Chips, http://www.kettlebrand.com/. Now, I get a jar of pickles or stuffed olives. Also, peanut butter/nut butters or hummus on rice cakes is pretty good. Sandwiches with veggie meat and Daiya cheese made a nice lunch change. http://us.daiyafoods.com/
For toaster oven/microwaves:
Amy’s Organic frozen breakfast, lunches and dinners (Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-free options). They also have a ton of burritos and wraps for lunches. Expensive? Sometimes, but Target often has them on sale, and, when I get my food stamps, I head over there and stock up. I wish I could afford to shop at local stores for these meals, but I have to budget.
Just add boiling water for yummy soups, asian meals, and even oatmeals:
McDougal’s Right Foods: https://www.rightfoods.com/index.php
For stove tops:
When I was in grad school, I lived on Annie’s mac ‘n’ cheese (http://www.annies.com/products/mac-cheese) and these boil-in-a-bag Indian dinners (http://www.kitchensofindia.com/US/Products/Ready-to-Eat/Dinners), which are actually really good!
Any other suggestions? *laugh*