You’ll Love These Easy Recipes – Even If You Hate to Cook

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Whipping together a healthful dinner after a long workday and not opting for a quick bowl of cereal is sometimes a true test of personal willpower but it doesn't have to be. The next time you catch yourself staring blankly into an open fridge, stomach grumbling, wondering how to piece together a meal that's remotely nutritious, think about this list of easy go-to recipes—You'll love the ease of cooking an entire chicken and vegetable meal on one sheet pan, or baking a single casserole that will provide you with an entire week's worth of lunches. Now that's a no-brainer.

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Whipping together a healthful dinner after a long workday and not opting for a quick bowl of cereal is sometimes a true test of personal willpower but it doesn't have to be. The next time you catch yourself staring blankly into an open fridge, stomach grumbling, wondering how to piece together a meal that's remotely nutritious, think about this list of easy go-to recipes—You'll love the ease of cooking an entire chicken and vegetable meal on one sheet pan, or baking a single casserole that will provide you with an entire week's worth of lunches. Now that's a no-brainer.

Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks baked golden-brown

For a meal that's easy, budget friendly, and highly adaptable, baked chicken drumsticks are a great option to keep in mind when hunger strikes. Prepare other sides while they cook, and save the bones for homemade bone broth.

Credit: Ashley Manila

For a meal that's easy, budget friendly, and highly adaptable, baked chicken drumsticks are a great option to keep in mind when hunger strikes. Prepare other sides while they cook, and save the bones for homemade bone broth.

"Hard-Boiled" Eggs in Muffin Pans

Hard-boiled eggs baked in a muffin pan

Never again will you have to worry about setting a pot of water on the stove—This recipe will teach you how to bake hard boiled eggs in a muffin pan that practically peel themselves.

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Never again will you have to worry about setting a pot of water on the stove—This recipe will teach you how to bake hard boiled eggs in a muffin pan that practically peel themselves.

Hashbrown Casserole

Serving of hashbrown casserole

This comforting side is hearty enough to be served as a main and loaded with cheesy goodness. Our recipe only requires a few ingredients and no more than 15 minutes of prep time, plus you can store this in the freezer for a few weeks. Emergency casserole, it's a thing.

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This comforting side is hearty enough to be served as a main and loaded with cheesy goodness. Our recipe only requires a few ingredients and no more than 15 minutes of prep time, plus you can store this in the freezer for a few weeks. Emergency casserole, it's a thing.

Sheet Pan Chicken with Broccoli, Potatoes and Red Onions

Sheet pan dinner with honey mustard chicken, broccoli, potatoes and red onions

Just imagine feeding your entire family, with only one pan to clean at the end of dinner. Would we lie to you?

Credit: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com

Just imagine feeding your entire family, with only one pan to clean at the end of dinner. Would we lie to you?

Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta

Chicken and spinach skillet pasta with penne

When you've got a family to feed, hearty one-pot dishes can be your saving grace. This recipe, with juicy chicken, creamy sauce and fresh spinach, is sure to please even the pickiest eaters at the table.

Credit: Valerie Brunmeier

When you've got a family to feed, hearty one-pot dishes can be your saving grace. This recipe, with juicy chicken, creamy sauce and fresh spinach, is sure to please even the pickiest eaters at the table.

Prosciutto Carbonara Pasta

Prosciutto carbonara pasta with fresh herbs

The prosciutto called for in this recipe doesn't take long to crisp, making it perfectly suited for those nights when you're juggling one too many things and still want to eat something delicious. Ready in 20 minutes or less!

Credit: Shaina Olmanson

The prosciutto called for in this recipe doesn't take long to crisp, making it perfectly suited for those nights when you're juggling one too many things and still want to eat something delicious. Ready in 20 minutes or less!

Slow Cooker White Bean Beer and Ham Soup

Slow cooker white bean beer and ham soup served with arugula

This slow cooker soup of dreams is like a bonus round gift during holiday season: a warm soup that utilizes leftovers, takes little effort to prepare and even freezes well.

Credit: Jackie Dodd

This slow cooker soup of dreams is like a bonus round gift during holiday season: a warm soup that utilizes leftovers, takes little effort to prepare and even freezes well.

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Baked potato with melted butter

We all know baking potatoes in the oven takes forever. But do you realize that you can easily cook baked potatoes in an Instant Pot in about half the time, depending on their size? Just add toppings!

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We all know baking potatoes in the oven takes forever. But do you realize that you can easily cook baked potatoes in an Instant Pot in about half the time, depending on their size? Just add toppings!

Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi pot roast cooked in an Instant Pot

A Mississippi Roast is usually cooked in a slow cooker and can take up to 6 hours before it's ready to eat. The Instant Pot strikes again with this spin on a classic recipe that cuts cook time in half.

Credit: Jessica Kielman

A Mississippi Roast is usually cooked in a slow cooker and can take up to 6 hours before it's ready to eat. The Instant Pot strikes again with this spin on a classic recipe that cuts cook time in half.

Freezer-Friendly Chicken Marinade Recipes

5 simple chicken marinades you can freeze for later use

A whopping five healthy, flavor-packed chicken marinades that are freezer-friendly and will keep those weeknight pizza-dialing fingers in check.

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A whopping five healthy, flavor-packed chicken marinades that are freezer-friendly and will keep those weeknight pizza-dialing fingers in check.

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Skillet

Tex-Mex chicken and rice skillet served with lime wedges and cilantro

Can anyone truly have enough of these wonderful, one-pot recipes at their disposal? We think not.

Credit: Valerie Brunmeier

Can anyone truly have enough of these wonderful, one-pot recipes at their disposal? We think not.

Simple Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded chicken tacos

We're hoping this recipe will inspire you to cook a double batch so that you can make Wednesdays "Pulled Chicken Enchilada Night" as well. Trust us, no one will complain.

Credit: Jackie Dodd

We're hoping this recipe will inspire you to cook a double batch so that you can make Wednesdays "Pulled Chicken Enchilada Night" as well. Trust us, no one will complain.

Easy Taco Casserole

Taco casserole served with tortilla chips and extra garnish

This spin on a classic casserole is easy to make ahead of time or serve fresh out of the oven, plus you'll find tons of flavor and spiciness variations to suit your family's preferences.

Credit: Charity Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com

This spin on a classic casserole is easy to make ahead of time or serve fresh out of the oven, plus you'll find tons of flavor and spiciness variations to suit your family's preferences.

Make-Ahead Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Cheesy broccoli casserole ready for serving

A warm casserole is the ultimate comfort food. But why buy store-bought casseroles that may be frozen, filled with artificial ingredients, or lacking in flavor, when you can make this tasty and straightforward version at home?

Credit: Ashley Manila

A warm casserole is the ultimate comfort food. But why buy store-bought casseroles that may be frozen, filled with artificial ingredients, or lacking in flavor, when you can make this tasty and straightforward version at home?

Asparagus Cooked in the Microwave

Fresh steamed asparagus is a perfectly simple side dish

Don't be afraid to turn to your trusty microwave on busy evenings to cook up some fresh vegetables quickly.

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Don't be afraid to turn to your trusty microwave on busy evenings to cook up some fresh vegetables quickly.

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian pasta salad with cherry tomatoes and shredded parmesan

Italian pasta salads are the universal stand-by for office potlucks, barbecues or a quick weeknight meal. Prep this recipe on Sunday so you have a fast, ready-to-eat, healthful one-dish meal during your work week.

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Italian pasta salads are the universal stand-by for office potlucks, barbecues or a quick weeknight meal. Prep this recipe on Sunday so you have a fast, ready-to-eat, healthful one-dish meal during your work week.

One-Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

Creamy tomato basil chicken pasta for two

This recipe may sound fancy but it is incredibly easy to make. Oh, and it's all done in one pan in under 30 minutes.

Credit: Abbey Rodriguez

This recipe may sound fancy but it is incredibly easy to make. Oh, and it's all done in one pan in under 30 minutes.

Pan-Seared Salmon

Seared salmon served with lemon wedges

With this method of cooking salmon, you will end up with a perfectly seared piece of fish every single time.

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With this method of cooking salmon, you will end up with a perfectly seared piece of fish every single time.

One-Pot Whole Wheat Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Whole wheat shrimp pesto with basil in a cast iron skillet

To cut calories, cheese is omitted from the pesto in this recipe and kale added for extra nutrients. You may also switch out the whole grain pasta for a rice pasta to make this whole meal gluten-free, depending upon your family's tastebuds and dietary needs.

Credit: Leigh Ann Chatagnier

To cut calories, cheese is omitted from the pesto in this recipe and kale added for extra nutrients. You may also switch out the whole grain pasta for a rice pasta to make this whole meal gluten-free, depending upon your family's tastebuds and dietary needs.

One Rotisserie Chicken = 3 Make-Ahead Salads