15 Lazy Meals That Still Make You Feel Accomplished

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Faith Durand)

Easy but impressive. That might be our favorite way to describe a recipe. We don’t always want to spend hours in the kitchen fixing dinner, but we still want to serve something that will elicit contented sighs.

That’s where these 15 meals come in handy. They are all pretty foolproof to prepare, and look much more complicated than they actually are. Choose one for tonight and let the oohs and aahs roll in.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Jeff Roffman)

How do you make this bread salad even better? By giving it a Greek spin with Kalamata olives and plenty of feta cheese.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Brie Passano)

You might not think you can make risotto in just 20 minutes, but it is possible with the help of the pressure cooker. Make sure you’re using the freshest tomatoes you can for this dish.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Christine Han)

The key to making this meal quickly is to rely on a few convenience foods. Starting with coleslaw mix and adding canned black beans saves you time and energy.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

There’s no easier dinner than eggs — especially when you make a scramble. This Mediterranean version has plenty of tomatoes, spinach, and feta, and it gets served alongside (or inside) toasted pita bread.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Cubanos are really just fancy ham and pork sandwiches, and making them in a big batch in the oven saves tons of time. This is the perfect recipe for a house full of dinner guests.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

Don’t spend an hour baking your potato in the oven — make it in the microwave and save yourself a ton of time. Once the potato is done, raid your fridge to see what kinds of leftovers and veggies you can top it with.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Melissa Ryan)

This isn’t the tuna-noodle casserole you grew up eating. It’s a sophisticated take on that comfort food classic that doesn’t require you to turn on the oven.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Faith Durand)

If you’re like us, you almost always have eggs, lentils, and spices in your pantry and fridge. That’s all this dish takes, and the variations on it are endless.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Maria Midoes)

Cake for dinner? Yes, please! This tomato and corn cake is the perfect summer meal. It can stand on its own or be a side dish for your favorite protein.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

How do you make grilled cheese fancy enough for company? By making this caprese version with mozzarella, thick tomato slices, and plenty of pesto.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Faith Durand)

Cold noodle bowls will always be one of our favorite dinners. They are easy to assemble and can be made with whatever you have in the fridge.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Who says you have to prepare your pasta toppings or mix-ins yourself? Swing by the antipasti bar at your local gourmet grocery on the way home and pick up everything you need to toss together a flavorful and satisfying dinner.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Coleslaw mix and a can of black beans come to the rescue again. These simple tacos are great for last-minute dinner guests. Just be sure you have tequila on hand, too.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Christine Han)

Caponata is an Italian eggplant relish that’s incredibly versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer on toast, or toss it with your favorite pasta for an easy vegetarian meal. This slow-cooker version is as easy as it gets.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Brie Passano)

Almost as quickly as you can slice a tomato, you can be eating dinner. This classic with a twist (psst — it’s honey) is one of our favorites during peak tomato season. Try it and you’ll understand why.

Loading...
Loading...