How to eat at home without spending much time (relatively healthily)

This is a short guide for people who don't like to cook. One solution to this is to order take-out, or to go out to restaurants a lot, but that tends to be unhealthy (even healthy-seeming restaurant food is often less healthy than you might think, because their incentive is to make the food taste good, not to make it healthy; also, since restaurants often don't publish detailed nutritional information, calorie counts, and ingredient lists, it can be hard to find out how healthy it really is). And in any case, ordering take-out or eating out is expensive.

Please note that i know nothing about nutrition so this 'advice' may be totally wrong! This is just what i'd tell my younger self.

A succinct summary of much healthy-eating advice by Michael Pollan is 'Eat food, not too much, mostly plants'; (by 'eat food' he means eat real food, not fake food ("There are a great many foodlike items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food (Go-Gurt? Breakfast-cereal bars? Nondairy creamer?); stay away from these."). My advice here tends towards that but not completely; this is why i say this is RELATIVELY healthy; you could do better.

One issue with this diet is that i end up having to eat a bunch of small meals rather than a few large ones. I can generally read while i eat (or while flossing after i eat) so this isn't terribly inefficient but when you have a job with set lunchtimes it may be hard, so let's take another look at those components which are relatively healthy and which don't require refridgeration or a microwave at the time of eating (eg things which you might be able to eat at your desk). Tangerines are pretty portable. In some places you may be able to eat oatmeal at your desk (oatmeal made with water instead of milk can sit out all day without spoiling), and also canned baked beans. Maybe Bananas, although bananas might be too smelly in some environments, and they can be messy, and maybe canned tuna, although again this could be too smelly for some places. Peanut butter and jelly, although not requiring refridgeration is definitely messy; if you get it on your hands you'll want to wash them, not just use a paper towel to wipe them off; similarly salad sounds good but in fact because it gets stuck in my teeth i find i really want to floss after eating it, which makes it unfit for eating at your desk. If you really must only eat a few large meals, i find that starch, grease, and meat lasts longer; the tradeoff is that this is less healthy.

'Staples' (i eat a lot of these):

Fruits and vegetables:

Other starchy/high calorie:

Meat (note: eating too much meat is bad for you):

To drink:


If you MUST cook something:

Notes on some things that may be less healthy than you might think:

Notes on some things that may be more healthy than you might think: