Usually, in order to do something, we need to be well-prepared for it. For example, if you want to cook a dinner, you have to go to the market, choose fresh food, bring it home, season it. After that, you are now ready to cook. So, if you have someone else done all that stuff for you, then your only job now is just cooking. Is there an idiom or set phrase for this? I think just saying "just cook" is so simple.

My initial intention is to use it for cooking only, but general idioms are welcomed.

  • @AlanCarmack well, just do it is more about motivation, not err to the side of "everything is ready to do it" – Ooker Nov 15 '16 at 2:29
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    Regarding your objection to "just cook" - it's simple, granted, but it works. – Lawrence Mar 8 '17 at 14:38
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    Just do it – AleksandrH Apr 7 '17 at 15:35
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    @RobbieGoodwin I don't know if you were making a point, but your second comment which starts with Change... is chockablock full of typos and grammatical errors. Ooker I would change I'm intent to to “I only intend to use it for cooking, but I also welcome...” OR *It is my intention to use it for .... only.... – Mari-Lou A Apr 22 '17 at 10:59
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    Still in the title, ‘all you need (to) do is just do it’ or ‘just doing it is all you need (to) do’ both work better. – Robbie Goodwin Apr 22 '17 at 14:29

These terms are cooking specific, but I think the distinction you are looking for is meal planning vs meal prep.

Meal planning is figuring out the ingredient list and purchasing all necessary ingredients.

Meal prep is measuring/chopping/preparing the ingredients, then cooking/mixing/making the dishes. These might be done at the same time, or you might prep your ingredients (measure/chop/chill/marinade) some time before the final cooking.

Anything more specific would depend on the specific dish/recipe (mix then bake, or marinade then grill, or whatever).

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