5 Lazy Family Dinners that Come Together Incredibly Quickly

published Mar 16, 2021
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There have been many points when I felt totally tired of cooking this year. But now, with the weather warming up and plenty of outdoor memories to make, I’m feeling the cooking fatigue more than ever. And since I can’t totally quit cooking for the week, I’m opting for the next best thing: stacking my meal plan with the easiest and most comforting recipes I know.

This week’s dinners require minimal effort (and minimal cleanup!) and reward you with ultra-comforting dinners the whole table is bound to love. Here are the five impossibly easy dinners I’m preparing this week.

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Monday: Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Sausage, and Butternut Squash

The beauty of this comforting dinner is that there’s no need to boil the gnocchi first. Everything cooks together on a sheet pan and takes next to no effort. And to minimize the prep even more, I like to start with pre-cut butternut squash and sausage meat with no casings.

Get the recipe: Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Sausage, and Butternut Squash

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Tuesday: Shredded Turkey Tacos

These tacos are one of my favorite defaults when I don’t feel like cooking, and this spin uses turkey for a new twist. They’ll simply get topped with bagged broccoli slaw, avocado, and a squeeze of lime.

Get the recipe: Shredded Turkey Tacos

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Wednesday: BLT’s

Summer tomatoes aren’t here quite yet, but that doesn’t stop me from keeping this totally nostalgic and satisfying sandwich in my meal plan for an impossibly easy dinner the whole table will love. It’s hard to beat oven-cooked bacon, but if you’re in a hurry go ahead and use the microwave.

Get the recipe: BLT’s

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Thursday: Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

This “baked” ziti might lack crispy edges, but that’s just fine with me because it’s packed with saucy noodles and lots of ooey, gooey cheese. Plus it requires no more effort than dropping the ingredients into the slow cooker and stirring everything together. Tonight’s dinner will also leave us with plenty of leftovers to eat for lunch through the weekend.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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Friday: Quick and Easy Sheet Pan Nachos

It’s the super-creamy cheese sauce that keeps me coming back to these nachos again and again.

Get the recipe: Quick and Easy Sheet Pan Nachos

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This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: A Week of Lazy Family Dinners — Because I’m Tired of Cooking