Don’t know how to cook

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I don’t see the point of parsley. Not as part of a recipe, but as a garnish. When I buy food for dinner and don’t realize until I’m mid-way through cooking it that the parsley I picked out is just for show, I get annoyed, which, in turn, annoys my husband. He loves cooking so much, he watches The Food Network like other men watch ESPN. He spends hours on Sunday preparing delectable dishes that we all enjoy. We truly do. Just don’t expect me to get as excited about the prep part. I’m a utilitarian cook – I cook because I have to. I’ve got the weeknight dinners and he’s got the weekends. So you can imagine how my blasé attitude about all things cuisine crushes my husband’s soul.

But I try not to let my lack of enthusiasm toward cooking seep into our meals. Night after weeknight of meatloaf would surely put a strain on our marriage, so I try to put in a little effort. To find meals with the taste and pizzazz my husband longs for, yet the simplicity I need, I check out these web sites:

All Recipes ( The best of this cooking web site is the “Dinner in an Instant” page. That’s my favorite kind of dinner. Here, you’ll find 20-, 30- and 45-minute meals that your kids will actually want to eat, such as Mexican Casserole and Sicilian Spaghetti. Regular folks (i.e. people without their own cooking shows) rate each recipe and offer their own reviews, tips and ideas. There’s even a helpful calculator that reconfigures the recipe to the number of people you’re cooking for.

Rachel Ray ( I credit Rachel Ray for spicing up my marriage. If it weren’t for her, I’d never have discovered “Messy Giuseppes,” Rachel’s Italian-style Sloppy Joes that make my husband say “Mmmmmm” whenever I cook them. On the Food section of her daytime TV show’s web site, you’ll find tasty, yet quick recipes for all sorts of meals, including her “Yum-o” favorites for kids. Best of all, she adds new recipes every week, so you won’t get stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking dinner for the family.

Good Housekeeping ( I don’t have to go far to find good recipes. I just pop over to the Recipes and Entertaining section of where I can find Easy Chicken Recipes, Fabulous Finger Foods, Healthy Recipes and more. You can search by recipe name, ingredient or key word, which comes in handy when you’ve got nothing but chicken, sour cream and some spices in your kitchen. There are even cooking videos if you feel like watching someone else cook while picking up great cooking tips.

Raise your hand if you don’t know how to cook. (OK. Don’t act like I’m the only one.)
Or maybe you just don’t like to cook.
We’re officially introducing you to our chef Kelly who won’t judge you for your answers.

Kelly, who was previously Shonda’s personal chef (yes, that Shonda), is now the head chef right here at Shondaland. She spent a decade in high-end restaurants before becoming a private chef. She has teamed up with her wife Aubrey to bring us these goodies. Unlike Kelly, Aubrey is a self-taught home cook.

Together, we combine two very different perspectives and levels of experience to bring you a less intimidating yet comprehensive approach to cooking at home. Because cooking should be fun and nourishing and (relatively) stress-free, we asked chef Kelly, to put together five simple recipes. You’ll find everything you need, including user-friendly instructions made for even those who barely use a microwave.

Whether you’re cooking for yourself or your family, we hope you enjoy not only the product, but also the process.

Each recipe will yield four servings. Some will allow for seconds or leftovers.


This is an absolute favorite when we host family dinners. While not the most guilt-free dish on the list, this is one of the easiest meals in the world to make. It’s also vegetarian and easy on the wallet. For about $15, you can literally throw the contents of three jars into a pot to make this creamy and delicious dish — and you will most definitely have leftovers. If you prefer to keep it jar-free, there are often fresh versions of Alfredo sauce and basil pesto in the refrigerated sections of your supermarket.


1 pound (1 box) penne pasta (regular or whole grain)

1 15-ounce jar Alfredo sauce

1 8-ounce jar basil pesto

1 8-ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil

½ cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil or canola oil


One large pasta pot

One medium sauce pot

One colander

The Step-by-Step:

  1. Pour 1 gallon of water into large sauce pot and turn to high heat. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and 1/4 cup of olive oil or canola oil to the water.
  2. In a separate pot, add full jar of Alfredo sauce, full jar of pesto, and full jar of sun-dried tomatoes. Heat on medium and stir frequently until it becomes uniform, then turn to low heat to keep warm.
  3. Once pasta water comes to a boil, add your penne. Cook penne 10 to 13 minutes, stirring frequently. Check a piece at 10 minutes to test and if still too firm, check one minute later and again one minute later until desired “al dente” texture — firm but easy and pleasant to chew.
  4. Strain pasta once it’s ready and put back into pot. Pour contents of sauce over the penne and stir well. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


Although this meal may seem intimidating at first, if you follow the steps one at a time you’ll find it’s not very difficult at all. At the end of just 30 minutes of cooking time, you will have a beautifully fresh, healthy, and extremely tasty meal that will impress both you and whoever else you’ve invited to sit at your table.


4 pieces (6 ounces each) center cut salmon fillets (ask at your seafood counter)

1 lemon

1 lime

1 orange (any kind)

2 bunches asparagus

8 red potatoes, as close in size to each other as possible

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 teaspoons paprika

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Scallions for garnish

Two 18″ x 13″ baking sheets

Aluminum foil

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut your red potatoes into quarters and arrange on one of the foil-lined baking sheets. Drizzle with about ½ cup of olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and ½ teaspoon paprika. Use your hands to mix the potatoes and seasonings well. Place whole sprigs of rosemary evenly over potatoes for essence. Put in the oven and set a timer for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, pat dry your salmon fillets with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Arrange the pieces of salmon in the center of the second foil-lined baking sheet. Trim about 1.5 inches off the ends of your asparagus and arrange around the salmon, on the perimeter of the baking sheet. Cut your lemon, lime, and orange in half and squeeze the juices from all six halves all over the salmon and asparagus (try to catch the seeds!). Drizzle salmon and asparagus with another ½ cup of olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  4. Once the timer for your potatoes has gone off, rotate the baking sheet one half turn and set a new timer for 12 minutes. Add your salmon and asparagus to the oven, preferably on a rack above the potatoes. While both trays are cooking, chop or cut three of the scallions into slivers.
  5. After the 10-minute timer goes off, everything should be done. Check the texture of one of your potatoes with a fork to be sure it goes through all the way without resistance. Check that your asparagus has some crunch, but is easy to chew. Your salmon fillets should be a creamy pink color all the way down the sides. Sprinkle salmon with scallions.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


This is a quick and easy one-pot meal, which is a dream when it comes to cleaning up. It also requires very little fuss. Once you’ve added all of the ingredients and set your timer, you can walk away and forget about it until you hear that beeper go off. This is also a very budget-friendly dinner, coming in at around $15 to $20 for everything.

1 pound lean ground beef

1 small yellow onion

1 green bell pepper

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced, or 1 teaspoon minced garlic from the jar

1 20-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 15-ounce can white or yellow corn, drained

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, drained

1 1.5-ounce packet dried chili seasoning (Lawry’s is a great option)

1 cup shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese, if desired

Olive oil or canola oil

Salt and pepper

One large sauce pot with cover

  1. Chop the onion and green bell pepper into small squares and mince garlic if necessary.
  2. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil or canola oil in bottom of pot over medium high heat. Add beef to the pot and use a spatula or wooden spoon to chop up and stir the beef. Add onions, peppers, and garlic to the pot and stir in chili seasoning packet. Add the cans of diced tomatoes, corn, and kidney beans and stir well. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer (level two out of 10 on your burner). Cover the pot and set timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Once finished cooking, stir chili and add salt and pepper to taste if needed. Make sure to taste first — the chili seasoning already contains salt and pepper.
  4. Scoop about 1 1/2 cups into each bowl. If desired, sprinkle each plated serving with shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


This wholesome and healthy meal requires just one baking sheet and one sauté pan — making for an easy clean up — while the simple honey and mustard combo is absolutely foolproof and provides a ton of flavor. Bonus easiness: bone-in and skin-on chicken is very forgiving when it comes to dryness, even if you overcook it a bit. This is yet another meal that will be kind to your wallet, coming in at around $25.

8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

2 large sweet potatoes

½ cup honey

½ cup mustard (yellow, Dijon, or a combination of the two)

1 orange (any kind)

1 pound green beans, preferably fresh, cleaned, and trimmed (if you can’t find fresh, cleaned, and trimmed green beans, frozen is OK)

½ lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

One 9″ x 13″ baking tray (casserole dish)

One medium sauté/frying pan

Aluminum foil

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the honey and mustard (you can use a fork if you don’t have a whisk). Add chicken thighs to the mixture and coat using your hands.
  3. Cut your sweet potatoes into eight wedges. Line your baking dish with aluminum foil and arrange sweet potato wedges on the baking dish. Lay the chicken thighs out on top of the potatoes. Brush or spoon the leftover honey mustard mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and squeeze the juice from both halves of your orange over the entire dish. Put in the oven and set a timer for 35 minutes.
  4. In your medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter or 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add green beans and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If fresh, stir frequently and cook 5 to 10 minutes until desired tenderness. If frozen, stir frequently and cook 10 to 15 minutes until desired tenderness. Take the ½ lemon and squeeze over beans once they finish cooking.
  5. Once all is finished, plate two thighs and two sweet potato wedges per person, plus one quarter of the beans.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


This is healthy, delicious, beautifully colorful, and requires very little work and a seriously minimal clean-up. You really can’t go wrong with these foil packets — they do most of the work for you. If you’re feeling nervous about your folding job, look up an instructional video!

1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined (if you buy frozen, be sure to follow thawing instructions on packet before you get started)

2 red bell peppers

2 green bell peppers

1 large red onion

2 ears fresh corn on the cob

1 lime

1 1.5-ounce packet seasoning (Cajun seasoning for spicy or fajita seasoning for mild)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

4 servings microwaveable white rice (check labels for serving sizes at time of purchase)

If you don’t have a microwave, you can do stove top rice instead using a medium saucepan and following instructions on the box. Start boiling the water once you’re done chopping peppers and onions.

Aluminum foil

One 9″ x 13″ baking sheet

One large mixing bowl

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the ears of corn into four rounds each, for a total of eight round pieces. Cut the onion and bell peppers into long strips going from top to bottom.
  3. Use a paper towel to pat the shrimp dry.
  4. Put the corn, peppers, onions, and shrimp in one large bowl. Sprinkle with entire packet Cajun or fajita seasoning and a splash of olive oil and gently toss with your hands.
  5. Cover your sheet tray in a layer of foil. Cut four additional squares of foil, each measuring 12″ x 12″, and place four squares in a row on the tray. Evenly distribute the contents of the bowl between all four squares and squeeze the juice of one lime over the squares. Pull two sides of the foil up to meet each other, then fold them together several times to create a seal across the top of the square. Fold in the other two sides of the foil square to create an airtight packet. Put tray in oven and set a timer for 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, cook your rice as instructed. Once the packets are finished cooking, remove from oven and open — be careful of steam! Pour contents over white rice.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

You’ve just gotten home from a long day of work, and the last thing you want to do is cook a meal for dinner. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all turned to just ordering food or boxed mac and cheese instead. However, there is hope for still being able to cook something delicious when you really don’t feel like it. One pan, one pot, and sheet pan meals, slow cookers and instant pots, and of course, simple classics are all great options for quick and easy meals. Here are 15 ideas for what to make when you can’t be bothered to put effort into cooking:

One Pan Meals

1. One Pan Chicken Bruschetta

Source: A Sweet Pea Chef

2. Honey Mustard Salmon and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

Source: Midwest Foodie

3. Orange Tofu and Edamame Stir-Fry

Source: Recipe Runner


4. 20 Minute Cherry Tomato Basil Angel Hair Pasta

Source: Oh Sweet Basil

5. Skillet Chicken Penne Pasta

Source: Cookin’ Canuck

6. Easy One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Source: She Likes Food


7. Easy Ground Beef Tacos

Source: As Easy As Apple Pie

8. Easy Chicken Tacos

Source: Isabel Eats

9. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Source: Gimme Delicious

Breakfast for Dinner

10. Sheet Pan Breakfast Bowls (Bonus: Also a one-pan meal!)

Source: Love & Zest

11. Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tostadas

Source: Joyful Healthy Eats

12. Egg English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich

Source: Averie Cooks

Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Prepare beforehand so you don’t have to worry about it on the night of!

13. Vegan Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Source: One Lovely Life

14. 30-Minute Taco Soup

Source: Downshiftology

15. Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Source: The Real Food Dietitians

Brits Don’t Know How to Cook These Basic Recipes

Britain hasn’t got a great track record when it comes to cooking. While our European neighbours learn how to shape pasta at their nonnas’ skirts and make whipping up coq au vin look as effortless as a drag on a Gauloises cigarette, most Brits consider cheese on toast a home-cooked meal and churn out the same uninspiring dishes every week.

New research from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation further confirms Britain’s apparent ineptitude in the kitchen. Surveying 2,000 UK adults on their cooking habits, the organisation found that most were unable to cook basic dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, curry, guacamole, sponge cake, and even boiled eggs. One in ten admitted to never cooking from scratch and one in five said that they relied on takeaways and ready meals because of their lack of knowledge in the kitchen.

This lack of knowledge encroaches on even basic culinary skills. Twenty-six percent of survey respondents did not know how to prepare rice and 32 percent were unsure of how to slice onions.

When asked why they thought so many people struggled to perform such simple kitchen tasks, 53 percent of respondents blamed the lack of food education in schools and 67 percent said that it was because recipes and cookery tips were no longer passed down through families. Where’s Nonna when you need her?

But the effects of being without basic cooking skills go beyond losing Great Aunt Mabel’s heirloom trifle recipe. In 2014, a report by waste research company WRAP found that people who weren’t confident in the kitchen were less likely to find uses for leftovers and therefore wasted more food. Other studies show that those who eat convenience foods and regularly order takeout are more likely to throw edible food in the bin than those who cook from scratch.

As well as stemming our huge food waste problem, equipping people with cooking skills is shown to improve health. MUNCHIES reached out to Malcolm Clark of the Children’s Food Campaign, a charity that helps parents pass on healthy eating habits, to find out how teaching kids to cook at school can impact them in later life.

Clark said: “The food, nutrition advice, and cooking skills children are provided with at school has a key role to play in shaping their present and future diet, and their behaviour and health. The re-introduction of cooking and food education back onto the curriculum for five to 14-year-olds in 2014 was a welcome move, and should put today’s kids in a better position than their parents. But teachers and schools need more support to ensure those lessons really count. And children from poorer families should not be prevented from taking part simply because they cannot afford the ingredients.”

Clark’s comments are echoed by Sarah Bentley, founder of Made In Hackney, a community cookery school that teaches London residents to cook healthy, plant-based dishes. Bentley told MUNCHIES that she has seen first-hand how basic cookery skills can improve the health of people of all ages.

She said: “Having basic cooking skills and knowing what to do with fresh ingredients is the cornerstone of health and wellbeing. You don’t have to be a masterchef—I’m certainly not—but you need to be comfortable in the kitchen and not be scared of using fresh, whole food ingredients.”

Bentley continued: “Many of our class participants tell us after attending our courses and starting to cook more at home using fresh ingredients, they experience a range of health improvements. We’ve had cholesterol levels going down, weight loss, energy levels improving, and even a type two diabetic no longer needing to take insulin.”

And her top tip for those unsure in the kitchen?

“The trick is to start with basics. Learn a couple of new skills a week and don’t overwhelm yourself with complicated recipes using loads of ingredients you don’t have, that’s just off putting.”

And if you need some inspiration, we suggest you start here.

You know it, I know it, it’s basically an understood fact at this point: Spoon rocks. Okay, so with that it mind, how could the Spooniverse ever steer us wrong? It couldn’t and it won’t.

Spoon has the most bomb recipes out there. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there isn’t a craving that a Spoon recipe can’t satisfy. Don’t believe me? Check this out.

Let’s start with some breakfast favorites:

1. Bacon and Egg Breakfast Muffins

Jenna Johnston

When you think of breakfast what do you think of? Bacon and eggs. So, with this recipe, you can have the best of both worlds by combining your breakfast favs into a cute, lil’ muffin.

2. Quiche

Oriana Abreu

This recipe proves that making quiche doesn’t have to be hard. Throw some eggs, cheese, sausage and greens into a pie crust and boom, quiche complete.

3. Cannoli-Stuffed French Toast

Maddie Cole

Let me know when you think of a more mouth-watering breakfast recipe. Cannoli-stuffed french toast sounds like a dream and I’ll be your bff if you make this for me.

4. Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Hailey Maher

Personally, oatmeal is one of my favorite foods of all time. Pumpkin spice oatmeal is like eating fall in a bowl, so if you can’t wait for October, here’s your pumpkin fix.

5. Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Photo by Anna Loh

If this isn’t the most adorable mason jar you’ve ever seen, then I don’t know what to tell ya. It’s fruity, crunchy and filling. Cheers to this breakfast parfait.

6. 3-Ingredient Starbuck’s PSL Creamer

Elise Webster

Not really into food in the morning? That’s okay, this copycat Starbucks PSL creamer will add some special spice to your usual, boring cup of joe.

7. Donuts

Kelly McAdam

Okay, so you’re that person who loves donuts but doesn’t live near a Dunkin’. I have good news for you because these donuts are coming in clutch to kick your craving. Making donuts is super easy when you get to use biscuit mix.

Moving on to meal #2 of the day, lunch:

8. White Cheddar, Apple and Turkey Caesar Sandwich

Kiara Lee

If you’re like me, you probably had a turkey sandwich every day for lunch from elementary school all the way through senior year of high school. There’s nothing wrong with a classic turkey and cheese sandwich, but this recipe takes turkey sandwiches to a whole new level.

9. Tomato Gorgonzola Salad

Alison Weissbrot

3 words: simple, delicious and healthy. This salad only has a few ingredients, but it’s bound to keep you full and satisfied until dinner.

10. Lemon Quinoa with Peas

Photo by Kelda Baljon

Quinoa is all the craze. You won’t go hungry when you’re on this run with this bowl packed full of quinoa and peas. So colorful and so yummy.

11. Vegetable Tofu Stir-Fry

Katherine Baker

4 ingredients. That’s all it takes to make this healthy, filling and flavorful stir-fry. Your waistline will thank you for this one!

12. Grown-Up Mac and Cheese

Phoebe Melnick

Nothing says comfort food like mac and cheese. However, mac and cheese is one of those foods that you might be embarrassed to take into the office or the library. No fear, this “grown up” version of mac and cheese solves the problem while still giving you your mac and cheese fix.

Now it’s mid-day and you’re craving a snack:

13. Hummus

Kendra Valkema

Hummus is one of my go-to snacks. It’s simple to make and keeps well in a refrigerator. You’ll feel energized and motivated after this little pick-me-up.

14. Trail Mix

Tiare Brown

Trail mix is so versatile and it’s great because it’s catered to be whatever you want it to be. This recipe includes a variety of nuts, dried fruits and even some chocolate for your sweet tooth.

15. Protein Bites

Carly Koemptgen

These protein bites are just another excuse to eat more peanut butter and I’m totally cool with it. Your stomach will stop its growling after you fill it with a couple of these protein-packed bites.

16. Popcorn

Alina Polishuk

Why heat up a microwaveable bag of popcorn when you can pre-make this decked-out popcorn instead? Whether you crave sweet, salty, spicy or something in between, 1 of these 3 recipes is sure to make you smile.

17. Avocado Toast

Photo by Rachel Piorko

At this point, is there anyone who doesn’t love avocados? The healthy fat in avocados is something that your body needs. Plus, avocado toast won’t leave you feeling bloated.

It’s dinner time somewhere:

17. Chili

Hannah Bibbo

With only 5 ingredients how could you go wrong? This recipe is simple and there’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili to fill ya up.

18. Drunken Shrimp Tacos

Jackie Kuczynski

It doesn’t have to be Tuesday to treat yourself to some tacos. These Drunken Shrimp Tacos are bound to change the way you eat tacos forever.

19. Pulled Pork

Leigh Needham

Who says pulled pork is only for barbecues? This savory recipe will leave you licking the plate.

20. Chicken Breast

Ellen Gibbs

The juiciness of this chicken can be credited to the marinade. A good marinade makes for an even better chicken. This isn’t your typical chicken recipe and you won’t regret giving it a shot.

21. Spinach Pesto Pasta

Vicky Nguyen

Spaghetti is always great, but switch up your pasta with this equally as satisfying spinach and pesto recipe. With the spinach, you’re sneaking a nutritious veggie into the dish, so there’s an added bonus.

22. Sweet Potato, Kale and Roasted Chickpea Bowl

Megan Prendergast

Let’s just take a minute to admire all the colors in this bowl. It’s almost too pretty to eat (key word being almost). This isn’t your typical dinner dish, but that’s why Spoon rocks – we have recipes that you wouldn’t normally try, but are guaranteed to fall in love with.

23. Salmon Poke Avocado Bowl

Evan Wu

Seriously, this is the cutest thing ever. The little avocado shells are doubling as boats! These bowls are filled with salmon, shrimp, avocado and a whole bunch of other yummy ingredients.

There’s always room for dessert:

24. Brownies

Camille Reisfield

3 ingredients. Yes, you read that right – these brownies only contains 3 things: Nutella, eggs and flour. Oh, and chocolate chips are optional, but everyone knows they’ll be added.

25. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Scott Harrington

Nothing beats a good chocolate chip cookie. Nothing. You’ll be the star of the dinner table if you whip these soft, gooey cookies out. Maybe you can even convince someone to clean the kitchen for you too.

26. Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars- by Alia Wilhelm

Just thinking about these warm, blueberry crumb bars with a scoop of melty, vanilla ice cream on top makes my mouth water. Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants, so that justifies having seconds, right?

27. Banana Bread

Helena Lin

This banana bread has a secret ingredient that you’d never guess. You’ll have to click on the link to find out though…

28. Peanut Butter Fudge

Caitlin Shoemaker

This fudge recipe was used with peanut butter, but you can choose and substitute your favorite nut butter. What a versatile and sweet recipe, huh?

29. Vegan Chai Cupcakes

Jennifer Nigro

These dairy-free cupcakes will have more than just vegans begging for more. Let the chai spice things up and give you a taste of what you didn’t know you were looking for.

30. S’mores Bark

Sarina Raman

S’mores aren’t only for the campfire anymore. This bark will bring back all types of childhood nostalgia.

Sometimes coming up with the perfect recipe is hard, especially when you’re hangry. Spoon has way more than 30 recipes, but these are just some of the best. Next time you don’t know what you’re craving, give this list a shot.

The DGAF Mom

Easy Chicken and Veggies Stir-fry by Joanne:

Cut up some chicken breasts into bite sized cubes, cook in evoo, add in a bag of frozen stir fry veggies and seasoning of choice. I add onion and garlic powder and soy sauce. Sometimes I’ll do brown rice in the rice cooker or if I have it I’ll use the microwave brown rice and dump it all in a bowl!

Easy Mexican Food Recipes

Mexican food offers a lot of variety and can be thrown together quickly (and tends to be a hit with the kiddos). Here’s how some moms are making their lazy Mexican dinners.

Don’t Wanna Cook Chicken Salad Quesadillas by Elizabeth: Canned chicken, mix with cumin, oregano, paprika and mayonnaise until a texture. Not runny, but similar to tuna. Spread on tortillas and add shredded cheese. Put another tortilla on top. Fry in oil for about three minutes each side.

Easy Taco Night by Emily: Which is brown rice (in rice cooker), ground beef or turkey in pan with taco seasoning, can of refried black beans (Annie’s organics), guacamole (avocados, shallots, lime juice, tomatoes, salt, garlic powder). We don’t actually eat them as tacos— the kids mix all the above and eat it like a rice bowl. If I’m feeling in the mood I throw it on lettuce and make it a salad.

Lazy Turkey Tacos by Erin: Brown ground turkey, add TJ’s taco seasoning and canned tomatoes, heat up some black beans, and have avocado, cheese, Greek yogurt, and whatever else on the side. I serve them deconstructed on plates with little compartments for the kiddos and they love it. ❤️ Literally takes 10 minutes.

DGAF Mom Deconstructed tacos: Ground turkey/beef/pork/chicken, canned pinto beans, frozen rice (or instant pot rice), tortillas, cheese, sour cream, and pre-made guacamole (or I quickly smash some avocados and salt/lime them).

Simple Taco Bowls by Lacey: It’s basically refried beans, Spanish rice, corn tortilla, salsa, cheese, and seasoned beef. Super easy, super quick, and super toddler approved. My favorite part of this meal is the way we heat up our tortillas. We tear them up, throw them in a skillet with some butter, and let them heat to a crisp.

Pre-prepped fajitas mix from Publix (or any grocery store) Livinglittlejohn: The pre-prepped fajitas mix from Publix is so good! It’s already fixed and packaged and we just dump it in the skillet! You can serve it over rice and make a fajita bowl out of it or cut the carbs and eat it alone!

Easy Mexican- Quesadillas by Tracy: Black beans/guacamole/lime rice all deconstructed for the littles and then make bowls for adults. You can make salsa chicken in the slow cooker too (a jar of salsa over chicken breasts, cook all day and then shred to add to quesadillas).

DGAF Mom Costco Organic Frozen Burritos: Add a side of frozen corn (boiled and topped with butter) I sometimes chop this up and top it over a pre-cut salad bag and add sour cream and salsa for a quick “burrito salad.”

Check out more Instant Pot Chicken Dishes Here.

Taco Macaroni by Mindy: Make shells and cheese and basic taco meat at the same time. Add sour cream into the shells. Layer the macaroni mix with the meat and shredded cheese in a casserole dish. Bake 15 minutes, top with crumbled tortillas and more cheese. Bake until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa.

Breakfast For Dinner Ideas, DGAF style

There’s nothing like having breakfast for dinner. Throwing together some scrambled eggs, some bagels or waffles. I love adding a smoothie in the mix for some veggies and fruit and extra protein (sneaking an avocado in for extra silky smooth smoothies is great for kiddos too!)

Egg Sandwiches by Christina – The kids love’em and it’s a 5-minute meal. Sunny-side up egg, slap it between 2 pieces of toast. I’m lucky my kids like veggies so I usually put spinach and/or avocado on there too but not always. I make a wrap version for myself.

Lazy Avocado Toast by Lolavur: I make an egg in my microwave, and toast a piece toast with some avocado 🥑 done ✅ (PS. this is a SUPER bold move to cook an egg in a microwave. I don’t recommend doing this in, say, a shared space like an office or something.)

Paleo Eggs and Rice by Wholehealthchelsi: I love fried cauliflower rice with eggs, peppers, celery, onion and spinach!

Breakfast for Dinner by Everlastbyerika: Eggs, hash browns (the frozen southwest cubes potatoes with onion and bell peppers are amazing) and I always keep frozen sausage on hand!

DGAF Breakfast for Dinner: This is aways different but we rotate between frozen pancakes/waffles/bagels, sausage or bacon, eggs or egg sandwiches, smoothies with spinach or kale to get some veggies in, fresh fruit or bananas. (Sometimes we’ll saute some broccoli too).

Seafood Dinner Ideas to Make In A Flash

There’s something about cooking shellfish and some white fish that makes it a super simple go to dish and also kinda feels fancy and also kinda levels up your home cooking game.

Shrimp and tilapia (I find) tend to have less of an…you know… smell that lingers in the house. Which is another reason why they’re my go to’s. (And they’re other’s too!)

Shrimp and Broccoli by Kelly: My go-to weeknight dinner is: frozen raw shrimp already shelled/deveined; sautéed with garlic and butter or olive oil, lemon. Bag of frozen broccoli, steamed. Done! And if I need a carb, I’ll heat up some frozen brown rice from TJs. Total time is 10-15 minutes for a complete meal

Shrimp and Green Beans by Mary Beth from Lifestyle for Real Life:

I buy one of those big bags of pre-cooked frozen shrimp and I throw a bunch in a pan with butter and garlic and a mess of string beans. We all love it and it literally takes like 7 minutes.

DGAF Mom – Tilapia Fish Tacos

Tilapia is so cheap and a mild tasting fish). Salt and pepper the fish, fry in olive oil for about 3 – 5 min on each side (until white and somewhat crisp). Serve with sour cream mixed with lime juice and salt. I toss it over a salad of pre-chopped cabbage and the boys eat it with tortillas and cheese.

Weeknight Dinner Favorites – DGAF Style

DGAF MOM Meatballs, veggies and rice: Aidells teriyaki meatballs, veggie of choice (broccoli or string beans for us usually) and frozen rice in a bag (or rice from a rice cooker/instant pot.

Hamburger Rice Casserole by Brenton: Brown a pound of hamburger (or ground turkey), combine with a can of cream of celery, a can of corn, a can of French cut green beans (drain both), and a cup of minute rice. Cook covered for 45 minutes at 350.

Easy AF Pork Tenderloin by Cynthia – tossed with whatever seasonings and veggies you like (chunked onion and bell pepper usually), toss it in the oven, make a salad. Eat.

Easy Baked Vegetarian Tofu and Veggies by Nina: I buy bags of pre-chopped veggies and extra firm tofu and throw them all on a baking sheet at 375 for 20 min. Sprinkle with garlic powder and olive oil. Healthy and ridic fast & easy. Pro tip: use parchment paper on your baking sheet so you don’t have to wash it afterward.

DGAF Mom Mish Mash (What My hubby calls it) – Black beans, pre-chopped/washed kale sautéed with olive oil and garlic. Mix with frozen rice/minute rice/instant pot rice. Add cheese or sour cream to taste or mix with scrambled eggs for extra protein.

Grilled Cheese Lazy Style by Talie: Grilled cheese and boxed tomato soup or basic pasta with marinara sauce

Frozen Veggie Pasta Dishes by Unwholesome_mommy: Birdseye frozen veggie pasta dishes! Microwave for 4 minutes, throw some fruit on the side and dinner is done! Also, gluten-free/dairy-free (some are dairy-free, not all) my food allergy kiddo.

Also, quesadillas with lunch meat as protein. So lazy. So great.

Anna from Abrazo and Coze has a Throw-Together-Chilli: Brown ground meat (whatever ground meat you have in the freezer). When meat is cooked, add in frozen chopped onions.Once onions are softened, add in one large can of diced tomatoes, one large can of crushed tomatoes, and optionally one can of tomato soup. Stir till combined.

Add 2-3 cans of beans. Add 3 Tbsp (or 1-2 packets) of chili spice mix. Cook till it bubbles. Serve with toast. Substitutions: If you have no meat, add in extra beans, or a can of lentils. To extend the meal, add cooked plain pasta or rice. For variety, add in chopped peppers with the onions (frozen pre-chopped or fresh).

Snack Dinner by Tracy: This is an anything goes dinner. Cheese, crackers, grapes and other fruit, some pepperoni slices or fresh bread. We eat outside all the time during the summer and this is one of our go to meals.

Easy Fucking Meatball Stroganoff by Jess:

Frozen meatballs, a can of cream of mushroom soup, egg noodles, bag of frozen green things on the side or bag salad. Can make hamburgers and do the same.

Another Easy Meat Dinner by Jess: You can buy meat on sale, season it, and then freeze it, better if you get it vacuum sealed but then you just brown it/ stick it in the oven. I do chicken, and pork this way. Ground beef I cook first (taco seasoning, Italian seasoning) then freeze done, to put out for fast stuff.

What’s your laziest dinner ever? The one that you throw together at the last second when you just don’t know what to make for dinner, or when you just can’t even be bothered to cook anything too fancy (but that’s still delicious af?) Comment below!

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Do millennials really not know how to cook? With technology, they don’t really have to.

If you’re the type that likes to characterize millennials as basement-dwelling moochers who can’t fend for themselves in the real world, have we got news for you! A new survey commissioned by is full of tidbits that people who hate on millennials are going to love. Like the fact that nearly 60 percent of them don’t know how to make salad dressing. More than 25 percent judged themselves incapable of preparing a birthday cake from a boxed mix. When shown a picture of a butter knife, only 63 percent of millennials knew what it was.

While these stats provide easy fodder for all the most popularly held assumptions about millennials — that they’re coddled and entitled — there’s more to it than that.

First of all: Age is a factor in cooking expertise. Seventy percent of boomers can carve a turkey, but only 40 percent of millennials can — and that’s because, obviously, boomers have hosted way more Thanksgiving dinners. (Also worth noting: The survey can’t measure a person’s actual skill, so respondents may be downplaying or playing up their skills in the kitchen. And the sample size is only 750 people.) A better study would ask boomers and Gen Xers what kitchen skills they had when they were in the age range that millennials currently are — approximately 22-37, depending on which definition of the generation you use.

Boomers probably would have ranked themselves higher in these skills when they were in their 20s, too: They were taught home economics in school, a course that has been cut from many curriculums across America. They married younger, started families younger and were responsible for cooking for others at a younger age. And they didn’t have the Internet to teach them how to do it — which may have benefited them in certain ways.

(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)

Perhaps part of the reason only half of all millennials can roast a chicken is that their ease with technology has made it harder for them to learn how to cook — even though they might know more about foods that their grandparents never encountered, like kombucha or quinoa. Blame it on a factor called “cognitive offloading” — relying on Google or Pinterest to remember a recipe or technique for you, rather than committing it to heart, writes the New York Post. “Offloading robs you of the opportunity to develop the long-term knowledge structures that help you make creative connections, have novel insights and deepen your knowledge,” Benjamin Storm, PhD, an associate psychology professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, told the paper.

Millennials and Gen X were more likely to get their recipes from the Internet than boomers, according to the study, and millennials reported watching online cooking videos far more than older generations. A 2015 Google study found about 60 percent of millennials cook with their smartphone in hand. But their searches can be incredibly basic: One of the most popular terms was “How to make the best baked potatoes.”

Millennials are anxious about their lack of skills, one Canadian study found: only 31 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds felt confident in the kitchen, as opposed to nearly half of adults over 50. That lack of confidence may lead them to repeat rote, uninspiring meals: According to a study commissioned by the British retailer and service provider Co-Op, one third of millennials rely on a handful of dishes they know well.

So, ahem, if you are one of those millennials, we’ve got some recipes for you. They’re not intimidating, we promise. We’ll help you make things that are more complicated than grilled cheese. Heck, we’ll help you make grilled cheese, too. And if you don’t know what a butter knife looks like, we won’t judge.

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These 30 quick and easy, healthy dinner ideas are perfect for even the busiest of weeknights.

All good summer things have come to an end my friends. We’ve had a big summer full of sun, fun and ticking things off the summer bucket list, but once again, it’s that time of year where we trade in pool time for school time.

As we gear up for shorter yet somehow fuller days that seem to slip right through our busy little fingers, we need quick and easy dinners we can throw together on the fly. So for our ninth installment of our 31 Days Series, we’re bringing you easy recipes that won’t cramp your chaotic week or make you a takeout slave or victim of cereal for dinner. Confession: Sometimes we love cereal for dinner. #yougottadowhatyougottado P.S. we’ve also got you covered on the breakfast front, because we know those mornings are just as crazy!

Luckily, these dinners swoop in and save the day. Some only require three steps, some are made in the slow cooker or in one pan, and pretty much all of them need 10 minutes of prep or less (yay less dishes)! So let’s slay these busy weeknights and show them who’s boss, eh?

To see all of this year’s 31 Days Series, check them out here:

31 Days of Healthy Comfort Food Recipes to Make in January

28 Days of Lighter Pasta Recipes to Make in February

31 Days of Weeknight Chicken Dinners to Make in March

30 Days of Healthier Salads that Make a Meal in April

31 Days of Sheet Pan Dinners to Make in May

30 Days of Easy Grilling Recipes to Make in June

31 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Make in July

31 Days of Summer Produce Recipes to Make in August

Here’s how to make meal planning your month of meals a snap.

First, to fill in, tape to the fridge, take to the grocery store, or use for reference next year when you can’t remember what the heck were your fave recipes from this one.

And then sign up for your free weekly meal plan and prep list here.

You get the idea. Now get cooking!

September 1: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup


Thanks to minimal prep, you can enjoy dinner without worrying about those dreaded dishes afterwards. Seasonings of red curry, coconut, ginger, and lime are what give this soup mega flavor, and the slow cooker does all the work!

September 2: Easy Skillet Chili

Rachel Schultz

You’ve gotta love a meal you can make entirely in one skillet. This chili is everything chili should be: Hearty, comforting, and effortless.

September 3: Lime Beef and Basil Stir Fry

Sweet Peas and Saffron

30 minutes is all you need to make this flavorful, Thai Stir-Fry sizzle!

September 4: Coq au Riesling Pasta

Simply Delicious

This French pasta tastes like something Julia Child would have whipped up (only on a weeknight, because it comes together in just 30 minutes)—oui oui!

September 5: 15-Minute Creamy Tomato Garlic Butter Shrimp

Cafe Delites

This creamy 4-step pasta is teeming with flavor thanks to lots of garlic, and it only takes 15 minutes!

September 6: 20-Minute Ground Chicken Tacos with Poblanos

Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Tacos make everything better, especially when they’re bursting with flavor, easy to make, and only take 20 minutes of work!

September 7: Garlic White Wine Skillet Chicken with Olives & Artichokes

Snixy Kitchen

Perfectly juicy and super crispy chicken is gussied up with briny olives, zesty artichokes, garlic, and white wine, making this one sexy skillet dinner! Though the flavors and presentation are sophisticated, this dish actually requires minimal prep, making it weeknight-friendly.

September 8: 15-Minute Lo Mein

Pinch of Yum

Ditch the greasy takeout and make these addictive, no-frills noodles instead. They’re healthier, you can make them in one pan, and they’re ready in just 15 minutes!

September 9: Smokey Chili Mac Soup

Bev Cooks

If this mac and cheese-chili hybrid doesn’t scream “coziness,” then I don’t know what does! Smoked paprika and fire-roasted tomatoes are the magic ingredients that give this one pot chili a major punch of flavor, and leafy kale makes it extra hearty (and a tad virtuous).

September 10: Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken & Vegetables

Joyful Healthy Eats

This 30-minute sheet pan dinner is everything you want a weeknight meal to be. Loaded up with colorful root veggies and a dijon mustard chicken, it’s easy to make, healthy and filling, and requires minimal cleanup!

September 11: Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

Spoonful of Flavor

This protein powerhouse is everything you love about a burrito, but without all of the calories. Also, it comes together in just one skillet, and is super healthy and satisfying.

September 12: The Best DIY Foil Packet Dinners

These DIY foil packets are like a choose your own adventure dinner. They’re totally customizable with whatever ingredients you have on hand, and there are so many fun directions you can go in as far as flavors are concerned. Not to mention they’re incredibly easy, taking just 30 minutes in the oven or on the grill!

September 13: Cajun Chicken Pasta

Whisk it Real Gud

A creamy alfredo sauce, spicy cajun chicken breast, and tangles of linguini make this easy, 20-minute pasta dish a decadent weeknight win.

September 14: One-Pot Chicken and Rice Fajita Soup

Carlsbad Cravings

This 30-minute one pot fajita-inspired soup is chockfull of so many wonderful spices and flavors. Just don’t forget all the yummy fixings!

September 15: Chicken Snow Pea Green Curry

Nutmeg Nanny

Lean chicken and tons of fresh veggies make this aromatic, creamy curry healthy and satisfying. Plus, it it all comes together in just 20 minutes!

September 16: One-Pot Black Bean Enchilada Pasta

Savory Nothings

You can never go wrong with a one pot pasta during a busy workweek. This one only has two steps, and can be on your table in 30 minutes! The best part? The only dishes you’ll need to wash are a knife, cutting board, and pot!

September 17: Honey Mustard Slow Cooker Pork Loin and Rice

Food Faith Fitness

With just 10 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep, you can’t beat this easy weeknight meal that your whole family will love. Melt-in-your-mouth-tender pork and brown rice are brought together in the most irresistible honey-dijon sauce, resulting in the most comforting, yet healthy, and gluten-free dinner!

September 18: 30-Minute Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry

Gimme Some Oven

Everyone loves a good stir-fry, and this one features a killer homemade sauce that you’ll want to use on everything! Plus, it’s quick and easy, and customizable with whatever veggies you have in your fridge.

September 19: Chicken and Broccoli Shells and Cheese

Love Grows Wild

We’ll never be too old for some mac and cheese! This dreamy (not too caloric) version only has three steps and you can make it in just minutes. Plus, it’s got some chicken thrown in for protein, and broccoli for good measure, so you get something green! Everybody wins.

September 20: Slow Cooker Chipotle Lentil Soup with Avocado

Cookin’ Canuck

This soup may be vegetarian, but it’s wonderfully hearty and filling. Flavors of cumin and adobo lend a nice smokiness to it, and once again, the slow cooker steps in to save the day!

September 21: One-Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

Chelsea’s Messy Apron

After a mini 2-ingredient marinade (that’s also used as a cooking sauce and dipping sauce) and 10 minutes of prep, you can sit down and relax with a glass of wine while this healthy sheet pan dinner cooks away! All weeknight dinners should be this easy.

September 22: One Pot Cheesy Sausage Penne Recipe

Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Let’s be real, I’ll always be excited about any dish that involves penne, sausage, cheese and is made in one lil’ old pot.

September 23: Easy White Chicken Chili

Two Peas and Their Pod

A simple store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this comforting chili a breeze. You can prep everything in just 10 minutes, and it only needs 20 minutes to cook.

September 24: (Really, Really Good) Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Iowa Girl Eats

This recipe makes a whole lot, so halve it if you’re cooking for one or two or make it part of your weekly meal plan to eat through the week, the leftovers are excellent reheated.

September 25: 30-Minute Tarragon Chicken Pasta

Gnom Gnom

The trick to this quick meal is in browning the chicken first, followed by a brief poaching in dry white wine with sautéed shallots that’ll keep the chicken juicy all week long.

September 26: Italian Chicken and Vegetable Skillet

Recipe Runner

Bright pesto, Italian seasoning, and garlic breathe so much flavor into this light and easy dish. It comes together in just 30 minutes, and you can eat it straight from the skillet, or add to your favorite grain or pasta—mamma mia!

September 27: Sheet Pan Thai Glazed Salmon with Vegetables

The Recipe Critic

Flaky salmon and veggies get tossed in the yummiest zesty Thai sauce and then cooked up on a sheet pan in this super easy 30-minute meal! Eat as is, or serve over some rice, then rejoice in the fact that you have practically zero dishes to wash!

September 28: Chicken Shawarma Gnocchi Bowls

Climbing Grier Mountain

Simple and quick, herbed baked chicken tops little pillows of heaven, GNOCCHI! for a dinner or lunch that will totally bowl you over. This yummy dish totally hits the spot.

September 29: Crockpot Thai Chicken Curry

The Endless Meal

Want curry in a hurry? Let your crockpot do all of the work! This version is super creamy and flavorful, yet light and healthy. It’s naturally paleo and gluten-free.

September 30: 30-Minute Caprese Chicken

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this beautiful and easy chicken. Serve over pasta, salad, or alongside your favorite veggies, and pretend it’s summer all year-long!

This recipe round-up was curated and written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Putnam of Seven Day Weekend. Follow her foodie tastes and other flights of fancy on Pinterest and Instagram.

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What to Make for Dinner When You Have No Time to Cook

What to make for dinner? It’s a daily question, isn’t it? Here are some simple strategies to help you answer it in an easy, economical way.

What’s do you feel like eating?

I dunno. What do you feel like eating?

I dunno. We don’t have much time….

Sound familiar?

What to make for dinner is a question that most of us have to answer on a daily basis, whether you cook for yourself or feed an army. And sometimes, it feels like there’s no right answer.

Home cooking takes time. Time that it feels like you don’t have. But the truth of the matter is that everyone has time to cook.

It’s just that sometimes you spend that time on other things. Watching TV. Scrolling on the phone. Chatting with a friend.

These can all be good things, but if they get in the way of one of life’s essential needs: eating, then they’re in the way. Time to get a handle on your time budget.

That said, even the best time managers find themselves short on minutes when it’s time to make a meal. Whaddya do then?

When you don’t have a lot of time to pull together dinner, you need some quick, go-to strategies to get dinner on the table without a lot of fuss.

Wondering what to make for dinner, ask yourself these simple questions:

What do you have on hand that will make a meal?

When I was young and naive, I simply went to the store when I didn’t know what to make. Once there I’d choose a protein and a vegetable, but then I couldn’t remember what else was at home so I’d buy more spices and bags of rice or pasta.

I overbought and overspent – and wasted time in the process!

Check your cupboards, fridge, and freezer to see what’s already on hand. Chances are you’ll be able to pull together something quickly if you make up your mind to do so.

What’s easy to whip up for dinner?

My kids could eat Caesar Salad every day. And why not? If make homemade, it’s delicious as well as nutritious. Why shouldn’t I fit it in, especially since it’s so incredibly easy to make? No brainer!

Easy meals are those that you can make without a lot of physical or mental effort. Think about your favorite non-recipe meals, those meals you could put together without a recipe, like burritos, tacos, sandwiches, pasta.

Focus on making meals that are simple. Dinner will be ready lackey-split.

What’s a quick dinner to make?

I’ve found that when I’m stumped with what to make for dinner, I need something quick to get us to the table. Quick meals are some of my favorites. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t need to involve canned cream of anything.

Heat some oil in a pan, add some onion and shredded carrot, some broth, then some quick seasonings. Stir in chicken stock, noodles, and chicken, and you’ll have a homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in just a few minutes!

What to make for dinner doesn’t need to be the Million Dollar Question. Think about what you have, what’s easy, what’s quick, and get to the kitchen.

Still not sure what to make for dinner? Check out these favorite Good Cheap Eats recipes:

Beans and Rice, aka Burrito Bowls, come together in a flash. Use canned beans and frozen rice if you’re really pressed for time. Rustle up some simple toppings like chopped lettuce and tomato, shredded cheese, and a bit of sour cream. Dinner in a bowl never tasted so good!

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This flavorful pasta dish is easy to assemble with fresh tomatoes, herbs, and lemon. To make it a little heartier you can add cooked shrimp or chicken or a can of drained cannelini beans. So simple and delicious!

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We don’t need no stinkin’ boxes when we can make stovetop mac and cheese from scratch in just a few minutes. Seriously. You’ll want to always have these ingredients on hand for quick and simple suppers.

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These Turkey Pesto Panini are make-ahead and very freezer-friendly. But, even if you aren’t far thinking, you can assemble the sandwiches in about five minutes and then let the panini press or oven do the rest of the work.

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Maybe you prefer a “real” grilled cheese sandwich? No problem. Dress it up with a pesto spread and a few tomato slices. So gourmet, but so incredibly quick.

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Bits of green chile tumble around in a bath of melted cheese and beans. So filling yet so flavorful, you’re going to want to make more than one. And you can, because they take just minutes to make!

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Get all the taste of take-out without the price. This Hands-Free Cashew Chicken really is hands-free. Mix up the ingredients, slide the pan into the oven alongside a pan of baked rice and then go do something else. Dinner will cook itself!

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Take simple sausages and potatoes to a new level with an herbed sour cream sauce you mix yourself. A quick vegetable rounds out a meal that is pretty easy to pull together.

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Bagged baby spinach is a godsend. Top it with fruits and chicken for a quick but delicious dinner that even the guys will go for.

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A bag of frozen rice and a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies hop into a pan. Some oil and seasonings join them and within minutes dinner is hot and ready to go. You won’t miss the take-out option and neither will your wallet.

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