What Giada De Laurentiis eats when she's too tired to cook

Apr 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET

When you come staggering home from work with zero energy and a home full of hangry people, or even when it's just you, alone with your hangry self, it's tempting to order delivery. Or to pour yourself yet another bowl of cereal. Who could blame you?

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What do professional chefs eat when they're tired, though? We asked celeb chef, author of Happy Cooking and mom Giada De Laurentiis what her busy-person's feeding strategy is. Here's what she told us she eats when it's just her:

Instead of eating larger meals, I prefer to snack throughout the day. One of my favorite easy snacks after a long day: I’ll stack a Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuit with provolone, mortadella and a piquillo pepper. Or I’ll build a caprese stack on top of a cracker, which holds up better than a baguette and doesn’t need toasting.

I view snacking as a way to stay trim. That way, you’re slowly breaking down food rather than everything hitting your stomach all at once. My philosophy is to enjoy just a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything!

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And here's what Giada eats when she's with her daughter, Jade.

When short on time and feeling the drag at the end of the day, my go-to meal with Jade is breakfast for dinner. Not only do I love doing breakfast for dinner, but it’s fun for Jade and switches things up! It’s super easy to make eggs, waffles or pancakes. I also love making pineapple-ginger smoothies to drink. They feel like a treat, but they’re still light enough that we want to finish the rest of our 'breakfast.'

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