10 Fast One-Bowl Meals for When You're Ready to Quit Cooking

10 Fast One-Bowl Meals for When You're Ready to Quit Cooking

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Kelli Foster
Nov 1, 2017
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Despite my love for cooking, there are more nights than I care to admit when I have zero motivation, energy, or interest in cooking dinner. But I also don't want to resort to frozen pizza or another night of takeout. It's for these nights that I believe we all need a short roster of quick and reliable dinners to turn to when cooking feels like a monumental task. Here are 10 fast weeknight recipes I can whip up when I just don't want to cook.

1. Gingery Poached Egg Soup

Ready to feel like a real dinnertime superhero? In under 15 minutes you can make this ginger- and garlic-infused soup that's full of greens, plus eggs that are poached right in the simmering soup.

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2. Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet

Even with zero motivation, you've got this one! Tender Broccolini, spicy chicken sausage, and orzo pasta come together in one skillet to make a creamy, satisfying dinner that only requires a bowl and a fork.

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3. Brown Butter Parmesan Pasta

These buttered noodles with Parmesan and crispy panko breadcrumbs are super comforting and nearly effortless to pull together.

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4. Easy One-Pot Chicken Taco Soup

Loaded with juicy shreds of chicken, hearty black beans, and a smoky, spiced broth, this is a bold-flavored, weeknight-friendly soup easy enough to tackle when cooking is the last thing on your mind. It comes together with mostly pantry staples, and the chicken breast cooks right in the soup.

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5. Crispy White Beans with Greens and Poached Egg

Grab whatever kind of greens you have hanging out in the fridge, a can of beans from the pantry, and a couple eggs. To make this meal even easier, I like frying the eggs in the same skillet used to cook the beans and greens.

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6. Gnocchi with Spinach, Bacon, and Blue Cheese

With just five ingredients, minimal effort, and no more than 20 minutes, a bowl full of pillowy gnocchi mixed with wilted spinach, bacon, and creamy blue cheese can be yours.

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7. White Rotisserie Chicken Chili

Start with a couple boxes of store-bought broth, rotisserie chicken, canned beans, and frozen veggies, and you'll impress yourself with how easy it can be to pull together a pot of chili.

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8. One-Pot 30-Minute Zoodles and Meatballs

This is currently one of my favorite meals to make when I have little interest in cooking dinner. I use pre-cut zucchini noodles, frozen meatballs (or store-bought), and a jar of sauce to make things really easy.

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9. Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls

Reach for your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, and these saucy chicken and rice burrito bowls practically cook themselves.

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10. Tomato Tortellini Soup

It's easier (and faster!) than you think to turn that bag of tortellini in the freezer into a dinner that doesn't involve a jar of marinara.

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