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10 Totally Acceptable, No-Cook Dinner Ideas

When it’s too hot to turn on the stove—or you just can’t face actually cooking—these ideas from the new cookbook Make It Easy will help you get an appealing and relatively healthy dinner on the table without breaking a sweat.

Make it Easy Cookbook Naomi McCullough
Because some nights, that’s how we have to roll. And it’s okay. Save money, skip the take-out, and try one of these quick, nutritious meals.

  1. Bowl of hummus topped with feta and whatever else you have around (think: cucumbers, chopped tomato, olives, capers, leftover chicken) served with pita chips.
  2. Yogurt, nut, and fresh fruit parfaits. Add granola, if you have it, for extra heft.
  3. Peanut butter or sunflower seed butter and banana sandwiches.
  4. Get Up and Go Smoothie (page 77 in Make It Easy) blended with oats for extra heft and nutrition with some whole-grain toast.
  5. Waffles or pancakes from the freezer with fresh fruit.
  6. Tomato, cheese, and pickle sandwich with raw veggie sticks.
  7. Tuna salad sandwich with raw veggie sticks and pita chips or tortilla chips on the side.
  8. Deli meat Cobb salad with a side of toast.
  9. Hummus and avocado on crusty bread. Add a smoothie on the side if you have time.
  10. A quick bean salad made with drained and rinsed canned beans, any veggies you have on hand (e.g., cucumber, chopped tomato, thawed peas, or corn), and crumbled or cubed cheese, dressed with oil and vinegar. Add leftover or deli meat, if you have some.

Reprinted from MAKE IT EASY: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch--with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them by Stacie Billis. Photographs copyright © 2016 by Naomi McCullough. With permission of the publisher, Da Capo Press.

Stacie Billis is the author of Make It Easy and the founder of One Hungry Mama. She is also the managing editor of Cool Mom Eats, a food and recipe site from the publishers of Cool Mom Picks with recipes, tips, and products that help make life as the family cook a little easier.