These simple, satisfying, and headache-free recipes will take minimal time and energy. 

By Maressa Brown
Updated: March 31, 2019
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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."

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!

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