Not everyone’s a fan of spending hours in the kitchen. To some, it’s a therapeutic respite, to others it’s a dreaded necessity in the day. If you fall into the latter camp, these 17 recipes are your saving grace. They’re simple, require minimal prep and cleanup yet taste delicious. The whole family will love them and you’ll love that you didn’t have to spend money on takeout.

Ground beef sweet potato skillet.
Ground Beef Sweet Potato Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Lemon Feta Spinach Pasta

Lemon pasta with spinach, feta and cherry tomatoes in a bowl.
Lemon Feta Spinach Pasta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Looking for a quick fix that feels gourmet? This lemon feta spinach pasta is your answer. It’s easy, fast, and the combo of lemon, spinach, and feta feels fancy without all the work. Whether you add protein or not, it’s a weeknight win.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Feta Spinach Pasta

Burger Bowls

Burger bowl with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and special sauce.
Burger Bowls. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Burger bowls are for anyone who loves the idea of a burger but hates the hassle of cooking. Whip up a special sauce, toss it with your favorite burger toppings in a bowl, and you’re done. It’s like fast food went to a health spa – easy, quick, and surprisingly good for you.
Get the Recipe: Burger Bowls

Blackened Cod

Blackened cod served with tri color quinoa.
Blackened Cod. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

For those who’d rather skip the fancy cooking, this blackened cod is a lifesaver. Just grab some spices, give the fish a quick sear, and boom – you’ve got yourself a no-fuss, flavor-packed dinner. Perfect for when you want to keep things simple but still impress yourself.
Get the Recipe: Blackened Cod

Sheet Pan Pork Chop Dinner

Pork chops with purple cabbage and apples on a baking sheet.
Sheet Pan Pork Chop Dinner. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

If the kitchen’s not your happy place, this sheet pan pork chop dinner might just change your mind. It’s got everything – meat, veggies, and a killer flavor – all on one pan. Easy cooking, easy cleanup, and it’s delicious to boot.
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Pork Chop Dinner

Bomb Meatloaf

Meatloaf on a white plate cut into slices with fresh parsley garnish.
Bomb Meatloaf. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Not into cooking but still craving something homey? This meatloaf is your ticket. It’s super easy to throw together, and the sweet and tangy glaze is a game-changer. Tender, juicy, and no fancy skills required – it’s comfort food without the effort.
Get the Recipe: Bomb Meatloaf

Shaved Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef and broccoli stir fry served with white rice on a white plate.
Shaved Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Quick, tasty, and better than takeout – this shaved beef and broccoli stir fry comes together in minutes. Perfect for when you’re hungry but cooking feels like a chore. The sauce alone will make you forget you’re not a fan of cooking.
Get the Recipe: Shaved Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Pork and Cabbage Stir Fry

Ground pork and purple cabbage stir fry in a white pan.
Pork and Cabbage Stir Fry. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

For those who hate slaving away in the kitchen, this quick stir fry with ground pork, cabbage, and mushrooms is a lifesaver. Packed with Asian-inspired flavors, it cooks up in a flash, perfect for busy nights when cooking is the last thing on your mind.
Get the Recipe: Pork and Cabbage Stir Fry

Vegetable Bean Skillet

Cast iron skillet with beans and vegetables.
Vegetable Bean Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This vegetable bean skillet is for anyone who wants to eat well without the whole cooking ordeal. Packed with veggies and beans, it’s a hearty meal that comes together fast. No meat, no fuss, and loads of flavor.
Get the Recipe: Vegetable Bean Skillet

Sheet Pan Steak & Shrimp Fajitas

Shrimp and steak fajitas with peppers and onions.
Sheet Pan Steak & Shrimp Fajitas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Hate cooking but love eating good? These steak and shrimp fajitas are a breeze to make, all on one sheet pan. Under 20 minutes and you’ve got a surf and turf dinner that’ll make you forget about takeout. Weeknights just got a lot better.
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Steak & Shrimp Fajitas

Pesto Salmon

Pesto Salmon. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

If you love good food but hate the hassle, this pesto salmon is your new go-to. With just five ingredients and 25 minutes, you’ll have a healthy, flavorful dinner that tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. Weeknight cooking just got a whole lot easier – and tastier.
Get the Recipe: Pesto Salmon

Cheddar Chicken Bake

Chicken cheddar quinoa casserole in a pyrex dish.
Cheddar Chicken Bake. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This cheddar chicken quinoa bake is the answer to “What’s for dinner?” without the cooking drama. Use leftover chicken, mix it with quinoa, and let the oven do the work. It’s healthy, easy, and cleaning up is a breeze.
Get the Recipe: Cheddar Chicken Bake

Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

Ground beef and sweet potato skillet.
Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

If you’re all about easy dinners, this ground beef and sweet potato skillet speaks your language. One pan, tons of flavor, and it’s good for you too. Meal-prepping or just surviving Wednesday night, it’s got you covered.
Get the Recipe: Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

A plate with air fryer salmon bites, rice, broccoli and sauce on it.
Air Fryer Salmon Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Got an air fryer and zero desire to cook? These salmon bites are your new best friend. Marinate, air fry, and serve with a dip – it’s so easy and the flavor is on point. Perfect for a quick, healthy dinner that doesn’t feel like cooking.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Sheet Pan Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Roasted chicken thighs with sweet potatoes and pecans.
Sheet Pan Chicken & Sweet Potatoes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Love a good dinner but not the cooking part? This sheet pan chicken and sweet potatoes dish is the ultimate solution. Throw everything on one pan, pop it in the oven, and you’re done. Dinner’s ready before you know it, with hardly any cleanup.
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Bucatini with Garlic Shrimp

Bucatini pasta with shrimp in a white bowl.
Bucatini with Garlic Shrimp. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Pasta lovers, rejoice! This bucatini with garlic shrimp is the lazy cook’s dream. It’s all done in under 30 minutes, and the cherry tomatoes add a fresh pop. Dinner’s ready before you know it, with minimal effort and maximum flavor.
Get the Recipe: Bucatini with Garlic Shrimp

Smashed White Bean Quesadillas

Smashed white bean quesadillas on a cutting board.
Smashed White Bean Quesadillas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

For those who dread cooking but love a good cheesy moment, these smashed white bean quesadillas are a dream. Easy to make, filled with goodness, and that creamy BBQ sauce on top? Chef’s kiss. No cooking skills? No problem.
Get the Recipe: Smashed White Bean Quesadillas

Garlic Chicken Bite Skillet

Garlic chicken bites with peppers and mushrooms in a skillet.
Garlic Chicken Bite Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Only got 20 minutes and can’t stand cooking? This garlic chicken bite skillet is quick, easy, and all done in one pan. With mushrooms, onions, and peppers, it’s a full meal with minimal effort. Plus, it tastes like you actually tried.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Chicken Bite Skillet

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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