The "Lazy" Dinners Our Editors Make When They Don't Have Time to Cook

Updated 04/20/19
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Easy weeknight dinner recipes
Half Baked Harvest

For those who are regular readers of my byline, you're well acquainted with my aversion to cooking. Although I don't love spending time in the kitchen, it's not practical, monetarily speaking, for me to order takeout every night either, which is where easy one-pot recipes, simple sheet pan recipes, and other one-and-done meals come to the rescue.

In search of a fresh crop of low-lift recipes to add to my arsenal, I tapped my MyDomaine colleagues to find out which "lazy" dinners they make on a regular basis. Ahead, MyDomaine editors share the easy weeknight dinner recipes they turn to when they don't have time to cook. From a healthy chopped salad that's ready in just 15 minutes to a two-ingredient breakfast-for-dinner meal, here are the easy weeknight dinners MyDomaine editors make at least three times a week.

Kelsey Clark, lifestyle news editor
Original Graphic by Viviana Duron
Chopped Shepard Salad
Foodie Crush

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "I love how easy, healthy, and filling this dish is. In just 15 minutes, I get in my recommended daily intake of vegetables, plus a bit of fiber from the chickpeas, protein from the hemp hearts and chicken, and healthy fats from the pumpkin seeds."

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Sheet Pan Lemon Parmesan Garlic Chicken and Veggies
The Modern Proper

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "This recipe is perfect when I'm way too exhausted to cook—I've literally made it at 10 p.m. on a weeknight after work and multiple events. What keeps me coming back is the parmesan, breadcrumb, and garlic crust on the chicken, plus the drizzled ghee-and-garlic combination sprinkled over the veggies."

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Christie Calucchia, assistant editor
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Turkey Stuffed Peppers
The Modern Proper

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "This sheet pan recipe is a lifesaver for busy weeknights. It's a healthy version of a classic dish, and if I manage to make it at the beginning of the week, I can enjoy the leftovers for the rest of the week."

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Lemony Spinach and Artichoke Brie Penne Pasta
Half Baked Harvest

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "In a pinch, pasta is always a go-to meal for me, but when I have a bit more time to make something special, I like to make this easy dish. It tastes like something from the trattoria down the street from my apartment but still only takes 30 minutes to make."

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowls
Minimalist Baker

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "When I'm trying to eat light, I'll whip up these Buddha bowls. They taste delicious and are surprisingly filling. I like to prepare all of the ingredients on a Sunday night and slowly eat throughout the week."

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Sacha Strebe, editorial director
Original Graphic by Viviana Duron
Thai Coconut Veggie Curry with Crunchy Chickpeas
Half Baked Harvest

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "I make this delicious Thai veggie curry from Half Baked Harvest at least once a week. I love how fresh it is, and it's also incredibly easy to make, which is important when I have minimal time after work. It also calls for ingredients that I always have in the pantry or fridge, which makes it a great end-of-the-week meal when ingredients are low."

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Megan Beauchamp, managing editor
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Glowing Citrus Avocado Quinoa Blackened Salmon Salad
Half Baked Harvest

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "Salmon is one of the easiest proteins to make (and that's coming from someone who doesn't love to cook). Case in point: This delicious blackened salmon salad bowl, made with citrus, avocado, quinoa, and kale, comes together in just 30 minutes."

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Salsa Verde Baked Eggs
The Modern Proper

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "No matter how empty my fridge gets, I always have eggs on-hand, so breakfast for dinner is a weekly occurrence. This two-ingredient salsa verde baked eggs recipe from The Modern Proper is almost too easy to whip up."

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Caramelized Onion Mushroom and Spinach Pizza
Broma Bakery

Why It's the Perfect "Lazy" Dinner: "Trader Joe's pre-made pizza dough makes this the easiest of weeknight meals. I'm partial to the garlic and herb variety, which pairs well with the caramelized onions, mushrooms, and spinach in this recipe from Broma Bakery. Ready in about 30 minutes—it's faster than delivery."

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