My I-Don’t-Want-To-Cook Meal

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I don’t want to cook. Obviously. It’s not that I don’t want to cook for my website, it’s that I don’t even want to cook for myself. Last week in California, I took cooking to the extreme. This week, I’d rather just stuff my face with burgers from Park Burger or shredded pork from Cuba Cuba. I don’t want to slice vegetables or think about different spices that would taste good in a certain meat, I just want feel full. I even drank two Suja juices the other day so I wouldn’t have to eat until dinner, which wasn’t that fun. Turns out, drinking your meals is really not quite as satisfying. Who knew? Oh that’s right, everyone.

But I did try yesterday. I tried to make something with pumpkin, but it failed. It failed big time. Like, I-can’t-even-salvage-this, big time. Shame. Pumpkin is so in right now. It’s so hip. I guess you will have to wait until next week for another pumpkin extravaganza. I just had to sound that word out. Wow. I think I’m tired today. Anywho, after that recipe sh*t the bed, I grabbed what I had in my fridge and I pulled from what I stole from Sergio’s breakfast that morning. He made some concoction of ground turkey, avocado, and tomatoes. So I pretty much copied him. So I can’t call this original or a recipe, really. Sorry about that. My b, my b.

I went to a baseball game the other night. And I didn’t hate it. Weird. Probably because I had a double vodka soda in me, but I actually had fun. I saw a bat break, which I’ve never seen in real life. And I saw some fly balls. And I saw some attractive people. Not the players, though. I don’t know why women get their panties in a twist over professional athletes. Probably because they are gold diggin’ hoes, but if you look real close at those athletes, most of the time they are not attractive. And they are around 4’8″. They just look attractive on the field. It’s like the field gives you drunk goggles or something. I know who is attractive though. Eric Decker. I don’t even know if that’s how you spell his name, but he and his crazy gorgeous wife are going to have a new reality show on E! which will give me another reason to waste an hour of my life on Sundays. Glorious.

So I’m officially obsessed with a certain kind of dog. I recently told you that I was thinking about getting one, but when I say that, that means in the next two years. When I have my own place, I’m not traveling, and I feel like taking care of another creature. Gotta get that only child selfish syndrome out of me while I’m young. So as I’ve thought through the millions of dogs I could fall in love with, I recently met a baby French bull dog. And I almost died. Love at first sight. And after researching them and looking at hashtags of french bull dogs on instagram, I’ve decided that’s what I want. Sometimes, when I’m bored, I look through the millions of pictures people post online and I save them to my phone to look at when I’m sad for 2.8 seconds during my day. Sad usually means I’m just bored. But man do those cute little faces make me smile. You know how you look at people’s dogs and just don’t get how they think they are cute…I get it now. My french bull dog is going to be freaking awesome. I can’t wait to meet him in 2-3 years.


My I-Don’t-Want-To-Cook Meal

  • Yield: 2-3 1x


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 12 tablespoons hot sauce (depending how hot you want it)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt, to taste


  1. Place ground turkey and yellow onion in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Mix and break up the turkey until cooked through and no more pink appears.
  3. Add hot sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Mash avocado, add lime juice to the avocado and a pinch of salt.
  5. Place turkey mixture in a bowl and top with mashed avocado.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


64 thoughts on “My I-Don’t-Want-To-Cook Meal”

  1. You know those casual weekdays when you wake up extra funny? Like you know you’re “on” and may as well service the public with witty insights? That’s you today. Thank you.

    P.S. I have planned my weekend AROUND pumpkin cream donuts. And I don’t feel bad about it.

  2. Sometimes I have to stop myself from posting pictures of my dog all the time, for fear people won’t get how awesome he is and just get annoyed haha. Being a dog’s person is the best!

    After seeing the french bull dog on Modern Family I wanted one! But my corgi is all I can handle

    1. Katie- I love my corgi and am getting at least one maybe two puppies soon!

      Can’t wait to try this recipe tonight!

  3. I just got my first Frenchie, Daisy May. She is just about 6 months old now. She is more awesome than awesome! I just lub her! (“I just wanna hold ’em and squeeze ’em and love ’em”) I remember that from some cartoon back in my younger days. Lol! But seriously, you will not regret that decision. Frenchies have such a great disposition and the best personality. Don’t wait 2-3 years though…do it now! Believe me….you will have tons of offers to dogsit when you’re going out of town. You can check her out at #daisymclaren

    1. That is SO creepy, my boss has an English bulldog named Daisy May. But you can’t be my boss because she’s a vegetarian and this is a paleo site…. Right?!

  4. I think it is very cute/funny, and I appreciate, that even though you weren’t so much feeling the cooking, you made cute little ice cream scooper balls of guac to make the picture purty for us 🙂

  5. 1: I also don’t feel like cooking but am hungry

    2: I am DYING to get a french bulldog…. I research it like paleo. lol If I win the lottery and have no obligations I’m getting one immediately…. his name will be Nacho 🙂

  6. I totally didn’t read this post until after I posted a comment about getting a dog on the cauliflower post. I love french bulldogs too. If I ever get another dog it will be a french bulldog. I have always wanted one. They are spendy though. geesh! Anyway, I love your don’t want to cook meal. sounds yummy.

  7. I have also ways wanted a Frenchie, but then I researched how bulldogs (frenchies included) are bred, and the entire process from start to finish is so CRUEL. Apparently, we have Frankenstein-Ed these dogs so much for attractive qualities that natural insemination and birth is impossible! Seriously, these dogs have to be artificially inseminated, the pregnancy itself is super dangerous and unhealthy for the dog, and natural birth isn’t even possible because the puppy heads are too big for the birth canal! They have to do c-sections on the mother dogs! Even after their births, these pups are riddled with health issues, from breathing to cardiac to gastrointestinal issues that can’t be fixed.

    I mourn my Frenchie puppy dreams, but don’t support this industry! Apparently, we could go back to healthy dogs in as few as three generations, but cuteness is more important than healthy pups 🙁 I HATE being a Debby Downer, but as someone who’s into paleo and is conscious of the importance of genetics, I thought you should know!

      1. Sorry, I had to comment on this. Your parents had a choice, they weren’t forced into artificial insemination… But, I love your posts and your recipes so thanks!

    1. Every breed of dog has their issues. Not one breed is perfect. And not EVERY dog of a certain breed is the same. So, don’t generalize all French Bulldogs. Obviously you do not approve of the process it takes to breed these dogs, but many of them are able to live happy and healthy lives. My two year old Frenchie can back me up on this one. He has very few health issues and is extremely athletic. I’m absolutely in love with my pup and wouldn’t trade him for anything. I would recommend this breed to nearly anyone.

  8. I make your Quick Chili with sweet potato fries when I don’t feel like cooking. We’ve been eating that a lot lately…

    My husband and I have a corgi-french bull dog and I must say, he is THE GREATEST dog in the whole world. Not to discount my other two dogs… But he really is the best. He has a little nub tail he wiggles when he’s really happy and he has those big ol’ ears that both corgis AND frenchies have, so he’s just a winner all around. And he’s sweet. He can jump really high too, which is weird, because he’s so short and stocky.

    Now I must go look at videos and pictures of him on my phone to hold me over until I can see him again! (in like, 5 hours).

  9. This is my favorite thing to make when I’m lazy. I also Add peppers to it! On Sundays I throw it all in the crockpot and then I have lunch for the week. I’m the worst with the crockpot though! After an hour I’m already like, is it done yet! I did it the other night before bed and woke up to a finished meal! 🙂 crockpots are the best for laziness!

  10. I rescued a Frenchie in March. I LOVE her! If you are purchasing one, find a reputable breeder and get references. They can have allergies and congenital skin conditions that require a great deal of maintenance. But if it’s a companion you’re after, you’ll find it hard to beat a Frenchie.

  11. I just made this for lunch and it was delicious! I love your “I don’t want to cook” recipes. They are so simple, yummy, and budget friendly! I wouldn’t mind more concoctions you put together when you are less than enthusiastic about cooking 🙂

  12. Hi –
    Not to be a buzz kill on the Frenchie thing, but bull-dogs have a lot of health issues and unless you are really financially ready and committed you should think about that. On top of that there are so many great dogs in need of saving out there and breeders are scary. All that being said my friend just adopted a Frenchie from a French Bulldog rescue and he is great if you HAVE to be breed specific think seriously about adopting from a rescue, they will support you and make sure you are ready for the commitment. OK – crazy dog lady out. 🙂

  13. French bulldogs are adorable BUT since they don’t have tails there is a bit of a problem after they poo-I doggie sat my friend’s dog and had to clean his butt with a baby wipe. Just keep that in mind :-)))

  14. I have a pomeranian and she is the cutest effing thing ever. She look like a mini fox.One problem, she is the most vicious animal you will EVER meet. She only likes my mom and my dad and if I try to get near them, she runs after to me barking, growling, and biting me. She has real only-child issues.

    I begged to get her for YEARS and my parents didn’t even want a dog. My luck.

  15. And screw whatever health problems a French bull dog may have. You’re going to love the shit out of it and it’ll love you back. Health problems or not, your doggie is still going to be around! I’m getting a little feisty here, I know.

  16. Well clearly you’ve never been to a Washington Nationals game, every baseball player is over 6 foot tall and looks like a supermodel! I also have recently fallen in love with Frenchies, and it was a puppy that got me hooked too. Really looking forward to making your recipes this fall and giving this Paleo thing a try…maybe even Crossfit 😉

  17. I love my furry baby. I don’t have any kids so my darling Chihuahua is my child. And, contrary to popular belief, she’s not a yappy dog at all. She doesn’t even bark when she plays.

    My friend has a Frenchie and he is the cutest dog, too! I love the snorting sounds he makes; he’s an adorable little man.

    I think you will absolutely fall in love when you meet your furry baby in a couple of years. Yes, they can be a bit expensive with vet bill, etc., but the love you get in return is priceless.

  18. Funny, this is the exact thing I made tonight, except for hamburger style, but added jalapeno’s to mine 🙂 yum!

  19. Its kind of funny that this meal is ur i dont wanna cook meal becuz i literally make the same thing, sans hot sauce, a few times a week and i look forward to it! Nothing beats ground turkey with spices and avocado… Except maybe dates baked with coconut butter, cookies with tons of frosting, bbq pulled pork, ect.

  20. Re: smelly dogs. You will be pleased to know how the quality of food DRASTICALLY reduces smells and health problems in animals. Our are on grain free all organc diets. The only time they are smelly is when they need baths or they get human food or get in to other dogs food when we go to a friends house. Paleo isn’t just good for humans y’all!

  21. This reminds me of a carne con chile y papas that my madre used to make for us as kids. This was the hurry up and go meal. She would cook this the same and add papas, or calabasitas, or a can of corn. None the less this was always, always delish!!! Paired with home made refriend beans. OMG, im hungry…..

  22. I really loved the part when you dropped “gold diggin hoes” in there… and then I was really disappointed when you said french bull dog would be your dog of choice. .. you’re way too cool for that… please shop around! 🙂

  23. Thanks for the recipe! (and to Sergio too!) I always enjoy your posts and assume that we would have cinema-quality magic in person, as we ceaselessly exchanged our terribly and gloriously witty banter. Also… when you get your French bulldog in 2-3 years, I hope that you will consider adopting from a rescue instead of supporting breeders, if that is an option for you! Lots of babies need homes out there!!!

  24. I just discovered your website and I love it already! I have so many nights when I don’t want to cook and this looks so delicious and easy to make! I can’t wait to try this!

  25. My friends have convinced me to give paleo a try. I am one of those people that works out like crazy (i am a member of camp gladiator if you’ve ever heard of it!) and eat fairly healthy but cannot lose weight! Then i read “Wheat Belly” and “It starts with Food”…now I know what my problem is! I haven’t gone cold turkey yet, but your blog has been incredibly helpful and convinced me that paleo isn’t just boring meat and veggies. Your recipes are fun and easy! Most of the ingredients I already have in my kitchen! So glad I came across your blog!

  26. Great quick dish Juli! Tried it and liked it alot! I melted a little grass-fed cheese on top. Good call on the french bulldog, my wife and I are obsessed with english bulldogs, hoping to get one next year.

  27. I love your recipes, they make me feel good about going paleo/primal – I do consume raw dairy. I’d love to help you out when you are ready for a dog. I am a professional dog trainer and a raw feeding advocate. I am in Upstate New York but I actually know of someone with a beautiful french bulldog. She is showing him and will be breeding in a year or so. When you get a good one they are great but when you don’t do the proper research or get duped by a breeder or pet store it can be disastrous. Keep the recipes coming. Ever consider an apple pie? I know you have stuff similar but we just went apple picking and I miss apple pie I used to make with my sister which I can no longer do since I won’t use regular flour. Just a thought :o)

  28. I made this over the weekend and man was it tasty! So simple and yet so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Thank you!!! I’m a teacher and since school started I have not been the culinary genius that I usually am. “Really honey, eggs for dinner again?” Love that this recipe is something that I or my husband or even my 13 year old can throw together!

  30. Hmm, you’re in Denver so I’m guessing you went to see the Rockies play. Which is really baffling because all but four of the players on their ~40 man roster are 6′ or above (three of those “shorties” are 5’11” and one is 5’9″) so the 4’8″ men you saw are probably also a side effect of the double vodka soda lol. Anyway, the recipe looks great, anything with avocado gets my seal of approval.

  31. Julie, I love a lot of your recipes – especially this one – talk about easy. Wondering if you can give me any insight on how to track the nutritional value on your recipes. Thanks! Rick

  32. Just made this for dinner the other night because I really didn’t want to cook and the name of the recipe got my attention – wow! This was simple and SUPER tasty! I piled it on top of a bowl of salad greens and made it a taco salad. Thank you for a quick, tasty recipe!

  33. As the wife of a baseball player, I’m slightly offended by the “gold digging hoes” reference. But not enough to stop reading your website or making your amazing recipies!

  34. I had to look up Eric Decker after reading your post (not really a teams sports fan in general). Hot? Yes. Wife? Also hot.

    She looks like she would have her own clothing company or diet/fitness program haha. Or she looks like she lives in Orange County. Or all of the above.

  35. You seriously crack me up! I’m over here geeking out! I love this recipe and I’ve made it 3xs in the last month!

  36. This was so quick and easy. I added diced bell peppers as others mentioned because I happened to have it. Another favorite!

  37. Currently doing a 21DSD so came to this recipe and think its so cute knowing you now have adorable Jackson!

  38. This was so yummy and totally going to be one of my weeknight go-to’s. And then….the next morning, I scrambled a couple of eggs and added it to the leftovers for breakfast. I’m gonna start doubling the recipe so I can have enough for breakfast and dinner. 🙂

  39. I love this easy dish. I just made it again after a few months and… Yum. Plus I could whip it up while supervising a toddler and an infant!

  40. This was a great recipe — just made it tonight, our lazy Sunday when we didn’t feel like make anything else but didn’t want to go out to eat. Thank you for putting this up!

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