Not everyone enjoys spending hours in the kitchen, meticulously preparing meals. However, just because you don’t particularly enjoy cooking doesn’t mean you have to settle for mediocre dinners or rely solely on takeout.
With some creativity and simple recipes, you can whip up delicious and satisfying meals without spending too much time in the kitchen. Here are four dinner recipes that are perfect for those who don’t like cooking:
Mediterranean Hummus Wraps
This recipe is incredibly easy and requires minimal effort. Start by spreading a generous amount of hummus on a whole-grain tortilla. Add sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, feta cheese, and olives. For some added flavor, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with dried oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Roll up the tortilla tightly and enjoy a refreshing and nutritious Mediterranean-inspired wrap.
Caprese salad is a classic Italian dish that requires no cooking at all. It’s perfect for warm summer evenings when you want something light and fresh. Arrange slices of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves on a plate. Drizzle with balsamic glaze or a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. This vibrant and flavorful salad is both visually appealing and satisfying.
Sheet Pan Fajitas
Sheet pan meals are a blessing for those who want minimal cleanup and effort. For this recipe, thinly slice bell peppers and onions and spread them on a baking sheet. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place chicken or beef strips on top of the vegetables. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. Serve with warm tortillas, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream for a fuss-free fajita feast.
This recipe allows you to make a delicious pasta dish with minimal clean-up. In a large pot, combine pasta, vegetable broth, diced vegetables (such as bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, and cherry tomatoes), and your choice of seasonings (like garlic, Italian herbs, and red pepper flakes). Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil before serving. This one-pot pasta primavera is packed with flavors and requires little effort.
Try these simple recipes to enjoy flavorful dinners while minimizing your cooking time and effort.