9 Legit Easy Dinner Recipes For When You're Not In The Mood To Cook

Some nights, you're just not feeling it. You don't want to drag out the pots and pans, and the thought of chopping vegetable makes you want to cry. But you've gotta eat and you promised yourself no more take out this week. There you stand in the kitchen, going back and forth between breaking your take out promise and eating a bowl of cereal. You know there has to be easy dinner recipes you can put together without all the fuss, and just wish they would magically appear in your kitchen at that very moment.

Well, there is good news. There are dinner options for night like those. Meals that take just minutes to prepare, but fill you up like a full on feast. Dinners you can throw together while flipping through Facebook. Whether you've had a long, busy day or a lazy Sunday, you should always have a few simple meal ideas up your sleeve. Dishes that get the job done but still give you time to catch up on all those shows you have on the DVR.

The next time you find yourself gazing into the refrigerator and wondering what you could put together in under 20 minutes, try one of these nine legitimately easy dinner recipes for when you're not in the mood to cook. Aside from having a delicious plate of food on the table in no time flat, easy meals usually mean easy clean up too. Enjoy all that extra time you'll have with an extra glass of wine.


3-Ingredient Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork

Know you have a long day ahead and cannot imagine having the energy to make dinner? Let the slow cooker do the work for you with this 3-ingredient root beer BBQ pulled pork recipe from The Comfort of Cooking. It's seriously that simple: three ingreidents + one slow cooker = an amazing dinner.


Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

Sounds fancy, right? But all you need to prepare A Spicy Perspective's roasted red pepper pesto pasta are two kitchen staples: a pot and a food processor. Just follow a few simple steps, and this dish will be ready in record time.


Maple Dijon Chicken Kabobs

Making Baked By Rachel's maple dijon chicken kabobs is as easy as firing up the grill and swiping a little sauce on chicken. Really. It's the perfect entree to serve with leftover sides or a small salad.


Lemon Chicken and Potatoes In Foil

Foil wrapped dishes are great because they take up so little time and very few dishes. And this lemon chicken and potatos in foil recipe from Damn Delicious is no exception. With only 10 minutes of prep time, you'll have a beautiful meal and hardly any clean up.


Simple Goat Cheese and Egg Toasts

Some nights a little brinner sounds good. The savory flavors of Cookie and Kate's goat cheese and egg toasts with fresh peas and dill have all the chops of a full blown dinner — even green veggies! Try this dish next time you want an easy answer to your brinner craving.


The Quick Fix Salad Bar Pizza

You can have this quick fix salad bar pizza made in less time than it would take you to order take out. This time-saving meal from Budget Bytes, uses tortillas, shredded cheese, and your favorite pre-chopped veggies. Simply heat and serve.


Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas

Quesadillas are perfect anytime you're in a hurry but want something filling. And Damn Delicious's version of cheesy avocado quesadillas will hit the spot.


Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

This grown-up take on the classic grilled cheese from Budget Bytes is ready in minutes. Enjoy your spinach feta grilled cheese and celebrate all the time you saved by watching an extra episode of Gillmore Girls.


Caprese Mac and Cheese

Step up your boxed mac and cheese game by turning the ready made standard into Taste and Tell's caprese mac and cheese. Use this simple recipe to have a delicious meal that took minimal effort.

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