Save Money with Fast Recipes as an alternative to Fast Food / Restaurants

Given the ~$15 per person minimum cost to eat somewhere, I wanted to share the concept behind our 2 minute/day Speed Cooking book.

Concept: Faster than Fast Food

Fast food takes some transportation time, order time, waiting, and further transportation time. A re-order delivery is going to beat us, but we can beat a trip to a Fast Food Restaurant ~5 minutes.

We will only count active time as most Fast Recipes take 20+ minutes to cook. You are at home during this 20 minutes of passive time, I can’t think of a better location to use those 20 minutes. Grocery shopping is also not counted in the total time, if you need to bring this time down, I suggest a 4 week schedule of recipes, pick the week you like and it has all groceries needed for the week sorted by isle(See EIE 21$/week).

How To: Faster Than 1000 Calories/Minute.

Everything is throw and go. Meats, potatoes, vegetables, nothing is ever cut into smaller pieces. If you want a vegetable cut, you will need to pay the grocery store premium(We do this for baby carrots).

Nothing is measured. Spices are added fast. Do not pick recipes or spices where slightly too much or too little will ruin it. Fewer spices is faster, however, a motivated chef can put in a dozen spices in far less than a minute.

Typically store bought sauces are used to save time, but taste and cost varies greatly. We personally have 1 exception, and that is to make a ultra massive pot of red Italian sauce. The job is quite easy, open cans of tomato sauce, add herbs, salt, sugar, some baking soda(Life Pro Tip), maybe ground beef. Let it cook and stir every ~30 minutes until it gets to boil. After it boils, turn it off, let it cool, and freeze into ~40 containers.

The big deal: Passive cooking only. Slow cookers, ovens, rice cookers, air fryers, maybe a pot of water if the pot is tall enough that water wont boil over. Nothing can be flipped or touched. Remember that its Throw and Go.

Ideas and Examples

Here are two examples, one from Speed Cooking and another from an upcoming ‘This Time The Food Tastes Good’. Note how many servings these make. Leftovers are the goal to save you time.

Two Minute Broccoli/Chicken Sesame Rice

This is my wife’s favorite. Basically pick out some sauces from the Asian isle at the grocery store. If the sauce is the name of a dish you like, its a safe bet to try it. This is a summary from the book Speed Cooking.


  1. In a rice cooker, add rice and water. Turn on the rice cooker.
  2. Put chicken or broccoli on a pan and place it in the oven. Turn the oven on to 325°F (163°C) for 45 minutes.
  3. On a plate, place the cooked rice, and your choice of either broccoli or chicken. Add your preferred sauce at the table.

You may have a gigantic chicken breast on your plate. Time to enjoy conversation with family or TV while you cut the chicken breast into manageable pieces. The goal is to save you time in the kitchen, and give you more time you actually enjoy.

5 Minute Biryani

This one was so good, my surprised Dad chased people around the house telling them to eat it.

Servings: 3300 Calories, ~6 servings

You have 2 minutes to put these ingredients in a slow cooker, if you can’t find a spice quickly, move on, it will taste fine. You also might want to double the spices if you prefer extra aroma. We do not.

In a slowcooker add:

  • Chicken (or Potatoes) – 2-3 breasts, and any chicken scraps you’ve been saving.
  • Water – ~1 cup, ensuring the slow cooker does not dry out. Excess water is beneficial as it mixes with the rice later.
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar, depending on your desired sweetness

In a rice cooker:

  • 4 cups basmati rice – It’s quite important to use this type of rice for the intended flavor. Other types of rice can be used, but the taste experience may vary.
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 tsp salt

Final steps moments before serving in the slow cooker:

  • (deliciously optional) 8 tbsp ghee/butter/veg oil/veg shortening/peanut oil
  • Cooked basmati rice, you can optionally take the cardamon pods, star of anise, and cloves out. Or just avoid eating it later. To save time, you can basically skim the top layer of rice, depends on how much waste you are okay with.

Now stir everything really good, you have less than 1 minute left. Serve and Enjoy.

By the way I never seem to get the salt right, I always salt a second time at the table.


8 cups cooked rice * 200 calories/cup = 1600 calories

3 chicken breasts * 250 calories = 750 calories

8 tbsp oils * 120 = 960 calories

Enjoy The Freedom

Save money, save time. These low effort meals are my personal favorite. Get excited about a future speed cooking style book, we figured out how to make Chicken Pot Pie in under 5 minutes of active time. For now, our even faster, but not as tasty Speed Cooking book.