Baby, it's hot outside. When the heat and humidity reach record-breaking status, the last thing we feel like doing is spending an evening slaving over a hot stove. Enter our favorite go-to recipes that require precious little prep time. These effortless eats can generally come together with ingredients you'll likely already have on hand. We polled our edit team to find out which recipes had them coming back for more even when they were running on empty. If you're working longer hours, forgot to go to the store, or just plain avoiding breaking a sweat in your kitchen—welcome to the easiest weekly lineup of dishes we can come up with. They come personally vetted by yours truly, so jump right in; the water's fine. In all seriousness, these recipes are about as complicated as boiling water. Instead of dropping your hard-earned cash at the deli case at Whole Foods, save it for a better time. We got you.
If you're thinking crêpes sound labor intensive—au contraire. This amazingly delicious, high protein, coconut and tapioca flour paleo crêpe recipe is easily executed in the blender. The cooking effort is essentially on par with making margaritas, aka just blend and pour. Even if you haven't mastered your skillet technique (it's all in the wrist), the end product is so delicious you won't care what they look like.
Taking your green smoothie game to bowl form grants the illusion of change and allure. We've dogeared this raw vegan mint smoothie with turmeric dreamboat for those evenings when all you really want for dinner is a bowl of ice cream.
Alright, if we're being completely real, instant ramen remains at the top of our default list for quick, budget-friendly eats. Homemade vegetarian phở is a simple soul food we're keen to master.
What's the most effortless recipe in your Rolodex? Shop easy cooking tools below, and share your secrets with us in the comments.
There's nothing easier than a casserole. Stock up on cookware for simple meals.
A Vitamix tops our list of most incredible kitchen tools. It's an upgrade you won't regret.
The beauty of the crock-pot is, dinner can cook on it's own while you're at work—genius.