15 Easy Dinner Recipes to Make When You Don't Really Feel Like Cooking

15 Easy Dinner Recipes to Make When You Don't Really Feel Like Cooking

We've all had those nights — the ones when you get home and the last thing you want to think about is what to cook for dinner. Yes, you could reach for those takeout menus or head straight to Seamless, but we bet you'll feel better if you fix something homemade instead.

These 15 recipes require minimal hands-on time and can be made with some convenience foods to make it even easier.

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1. Chickpea, Barley, and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta

This recipe comes together incredibly quickly. Use a classic Y-peeler to cut zucchini ribbons, and then toss with chickpeas, the dressing, and herbs. If you don't want to take the time to cook the barley, try using pearl couscous, which is much faster and can even be cooked in the microwave. In a real pinch? Buy whatever precooked grain you like.

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2. Tuna Melts with Olive Oil Mayonnaise and Parmesan

This diner classic is updated with homemade mayonnaise, crusty bread, and Parmesan — but you can skip some of the fancier steps in order to make it easier.

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3. Avocado Stuffed with Spicy Shrimp

Toss precooked shrimp with diced mango (another thing you can buy prepared if you like), add some spices and lime juice, and then simply pack it into an avocado half for a healthy, flavorful dinner.

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4. How To Make Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

While panzanella doesn't take long to assemble, it does take some time to marinate before it's ready to eat. Assemble the salad and open a bottle of wine to relax a bit during the 15 minutes you need for all the flavors to mingle. If you want to skip using the oven for toasting the bread, simply make toast and then cube it up!

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5. Zucchini Noodles with Parsley Pistachio Pesto

Zoodles are so easy, and they are one of the freshest meals you can make. If you don't feel like whipping up pesto, try using store-bought instead.

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6. Scrambled Eggs with Lazy Salsa

Breakfast for dinner is always the answer. Even if we're completely wiped at the end of the day, we can normally manage to make some scrambled eggs. And this "lazy salsa" just requires a few extra minutes of chopping. Of course, we support picking up some pico de gallo from the grocery store instead.

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7. Kale Salad with Apricots, Avocado & Parmesan

This simple salad feels a little fancy, thanks to the creamy avocado and sweet dried apricots. If you want to make it a bit more substantial for dinner, add a few pieces of leftover chicken or your favorite canned bean.

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8. Corn, Tomato, and Black Bean Tostadas with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

The hardest part of this meal is making the dressing — and all that takes is combining the ingredients in a food processor. Otherwise, you just have to toast corn tortillas before topping them with the fresh veggies and dressing. If you want to skip cooking the tortillas, use corn tortilla chips and make it into a modified taco salad instead.

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9. Avocado & Egg Breakfast Pizza

There's no reason you can't enjoy this breakfast pizza for dinner. Simply mash up an avocado and spread it on the pita or flatbread of your choice, and top with a fried egg. It's simple, delicious, and sure to become a weeknight go-to.

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10. Cashew Chicken Salad Wraps

There's a little bit of chopping that goes into this chicken salad, but for the most part, you can just stir it up and then wrap it in a tortilla. The key to making it fast and easy is to use leftover chicken breasts or to pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

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11. Mushrooms on Toast

There's something about sautéed mushrooms that makes toast a meal, and an incredibly easy one at that — especially if you opt for pre-sliced mushrooms. All you have to do is chop some herbs and cook it all up over high heat.

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12. Crab & Avocado Hand Rolls (Temaki)

If you keep a few staples on hand, these hand rolls are incredibly easy to make last minute. Just think of them as another iteration of a low-key wrap. Simply slice up some cucumber and avocado, grab some microgreens, and then roll all the green stuff in with a purchased or homemade crab salad. If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can even make an extra roll or two for lunch the next day.

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13. Sautéed Zucchini with Chorizo and Lime

The beauty of cooking with chorizo or other sausages is that the prep time is next to none. All you have to do is slice or cube the links and sauté them quickly — the fat and spices they release do all the seasoning for you. You can serve this dish with rice, or just keep things simple and enjoy it as is.

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14. Soba, Sesame & Carrot Salad

Soba noodles are incredibly quick to cook and delicious when tossed into a salad. Prep them first in this recipe, and then let them chill in the fridge while you slice the carrot ribbons and make the dressing.

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15. Radicchio Salad with Avocado, Red Quinoa & Ricotta Salata

If you have leftover quinoa in your fridge, this recipe is a no-brainer. Simply chop up some lettuce and radicchio, slice an avocado, and toss it all together with dressing and the ricotta salata.

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