The Easiest Recipes Ever for Lazy Cooks
Sometimes there simply aren’t enough hours in the day, Keurig K-Cups in the kitchen, or inspirational quotes to transform a regular old guy or gal into one of ‘those’ superhumans. You know the ones—those genetically blessed folks who ace Sunday afternoon meal planning, find time to squeeze in their OrangeTheory workout and bible study before arriving half an hour early to work (just in case), and somehow have a Pinterest-perfect meal awaiting their loving families at 6:30 on the dot. If you’re one of those people, more power to you—but frankly, we think you could stand to learn a thing or two about instant mac and cheese.
Not to promote an Us vs. Them confrontation, but we snooze-hitters are pretty sure we’ve got it made—and we proudly carry our skills all the way to the kitchen. While others tend to their massaged kale like a newborn child, we’ll be kicking up our feet to catch up on Sex and the City while our Crock Pots do all the handy work for us.
“Lazy” is not usually a complimentary term, but in this case, we’re owning it. As the smart, savvy, low-maintenance chefs we are, these super simple recipes are a Godsend. From simple sheet pan dinners to 30-minute slow cooker meals, these fuss-free favorites will be ready faster than you can say “takeout.” Season, toss, bake? Sounds like a plan to us.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
It’s good when you’re sick; it’s good when the temperatures drop; it’s good for the soul, we swear it.
Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
Recipe: Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
This top-rated lasagna uses convenient ingredients for your quickest, easiest one-pot dinner yet. Pesto, Alfredo sauce, Italian cheeses, and spinach join cheese-filled ravioli for a creamy, melty bake.
One-Pot Beef Stew
Recipe: One-Pot Beef Stew
Red wine, whole-grain mustard, and garlic add richness to this stew, and the tender cubed beef chuck roast makes it satisfying enough for a great weeknight dinner.
Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs
Sunny Skillet Breakfast
Quick Beef Chili
Recipe: Quick Beef Chili
Tender steak makes the base for this quick recipe that’s packed with flavorful seasonings and chopped green chiles. A couple spoonfuls of cornmeal will help thicken it up perfectly!
One-Pot Pasta with Tomato-Basil Sauce
This one-pot recipe is a wonder, but we aren’t going to question it! You only need to throw it all together in a pot, then find a perfectly cooked pasta dish coated in a creamy tomato-basil sauce just 20 minutes later.
One-Pot Shrimp and Grits
Recipe: One-Pot Shrimp and Grits
We love any recipe that takes a classic dish and gives it a user-friendly twist. This shrimp and grits recipe does just that with its one-pot mindset. Spicy andouille, sautéed shrimp, and old-fashioned grits pack this dish with plenty of flavor.
Garlicky Beef-and-Bean Stir-Fry
Recipe: Garlicky Beef-and-Bean Stir-Fry
We let the bold ingredients do the talking in this beefy stir fry. Soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, crushed red pepper, and garlic make a amazing marinade for the steak, while fresh green beans add a great crunch.
Sloppy Joe Casserole
Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole
We always love an old-school classic with a twist, and this casserole has all of the sweet-savory blend and hearty ground beef of your childhood Sloppy Joe, but in a slightly more refined presentation.
Skillet Spinach Lasagna
Recipe: Skillet Spinach Lasagna
We bet you didn’t see this one coming—all the homemade comfort of a casserole-style lasagna made quickly and simply in a skillet. Weeknight genius.
Whole Wheat Pesto Pizza
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto
You can substitute storebought pesto if you’re in a crunch, but we can’t get enough of this homemade Arugula Pesto. This chicken gets perfectly crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy, tender meat (which paired with the one-pot ease, is too good to pass up).
Recipe: Chicken Bog
This old-fashioned recipe has been filling up Southerners as long as time. Chicken and rice are equal power players in the dish, while vegetables and garlic add even more flavor.
Sheet Pan Nachos
Ready in 30 minutes
Recipe: Sheet Pan Nachos
We used ground chuck and piled on the toppings to create a sheet pan supper that your family will be asking for time and again.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Ready in 25 minutes
Recipe: Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Fake a slow-simmering Bolognese by using store-bought tomato sauce such as Barilla or Classico.
Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread
Ready in 20 minutes
Recipe: Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread
If you’re light and fresh summer dinner recipe, you’ve found it. The creamy cucumber spread is a cool and creamy addition to these sandwiches.
Ready in 10 minutes
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry
This Chicken Stir-Fry recipe comes together quicker than you can order takeout.
Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Ready in 20 minutes
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Serve this light dinner recipe with crusty bread to soak up the juice from the tomatoes. We also recommend a glass of rose—if you’re so inclined.
Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Ready in 30 minutes
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Use microwaveable basmati rice, pre-shredded Mexican cheese, and rotisserie chicken to make these chicken tortillas in a flash.
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Easy Brunswick Stew
Recipe: Easy Brunswick Stew
Okra, pork, lima beans, corn, and a bevy of other veggies make for a hearty stew that can be thrown in a slow-cooker and left alone for hours (making for an easy afternoon for you!).
Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Oranges
Tomato ‘n’ Beef Casserole with Polenta Crust
Black Bean Chili
Recipe: Black Bean Chili with Steak
Ready in under an hour, this quick, black bean chili proves that a bean chili doesn't have to be meatless. The recipe makes 12 servings, so it's great to make when you have company, or if you make it for a weeknight supper you’ll have plenty of leftovers to eat for lunch. Top with a dollop of sour cream, corn chips, and chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: All-In-One Spaghetti
This recipe allows you to cook the meat, sauce, and noodles all in one pot.