From school pick-up to after-school activity shuttling, work deadlines, volunteer gigs, possibly running to the gym, and the bevy of other to-dos you're trying to squeeze into a single day, finding time and energy to cook can feel utterly impossible. No matter what your daily grind looks like, there's no shame in admitting that you'd rather do anything other than prep a gourmet meal!
Thankfully, there are lots of recipes that appeal to the busy moms who are stretched all too thin and despise cooking. Here, 10 delicious recipes that won't take a ton of time or effort—and may actually be fun to prep.
1. Taco Stuffed Shells
Stef's Eats and Sweets breaks down this easy, savory Mexican-Italian fusion option that requires only 7 ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time.
2. Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
On a cool night, let the slow cooker do the work for you, and enjoy a bowl of comforting lasagna soup from Mommy Hates Cooking.
3. Mom's White Chicken Chili
Chili is another option that requires one pot and very little time–or patience! Check out this recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
4. Garlic and Herb Lemon Chicken
Health coach Lara Hart shared this simple, clean dinner recipe on her Instagram, explaining that "there's no need to make a healthy lifestyle hard."
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Sometimes I love keeping my meals super simple. Especially on busy days or days I do not want to cook. We have something for everyone on our plan! This is super simple! No need to make a healthier lifestyle hard! Garlic and Herb Lemon Chicken Ingredients: 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp seasoned salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup water 3 Tbsp lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp chicken bouillon granules 2 tsp minced fresh parsley Directions: Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. In a bowl, mix the salt, pepper and oregano in to a rub. Apply the rub to the chicken. Put the oil in a skillet and brown the chicken over medium heat. Now it’s time to move it all to the crockpot. Put the water, lemon juice, garlic, and bouillon into the skillet and turn up the heat. Bring it a boil. Pour the mixture into the crockpot over the chicken. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on low. Baste chicken. Add parsley. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer. Servings: 6, 3 condiments served alongside any vegetable (pictured a side 6 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed salad with approved veggies) #easydinnerrecipes #itsnotadietitsalifestylechange #optimalhealth #momoffourgirls
5. One-Pan Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli
This weekday night dinner from Tip Hero pulls together a few simple ingredients in one pot for a comfort food meal that's sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.
6. Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
This colorful meal from The Garden Grazer can be both gluten-free and vegan, but packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and protein.
7. Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Meatballs
This summery, comforting, 35-minute recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction, which is packed with drool-worthy options, is another smart slow cooker option.
8. Quick & Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
In less than 20 minutes, you can fix up these super-yummy tacos from Savory Simple.
9. Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza
Another one from Sally's Baking Addiction, this healthier-for-you vegetarian (or vegan, if you go with dairy-free cheese) pizza is no different. Plus, it's fast and sure to delight the whole family.
10. Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice
This vegetarian weeknight dish from Cookie & Kate features fried rice, sautéed kale, and coconut flakes finished with Thai flavors like lime, cilantro, and sriracha. She says it turned her friend's 1-year-old into a kale fan!