If You, Like Me, Have Little Time (Or Energy) To Cook These Days, These Are The Approachable Meal Ideas That I Rely On

    Baked eggplant Parm that yields days of leftovers, cheaters' taco bowls, and more low-stress recipes I swear by.

    Hi, I'm Hannah, and I love to cook. I have always cooked most nights of the week because I really enjoy it. In fact, as weird as it may sound, laboring over a time-intensive recipe in the kitchen was always one way I liked to unwind after a busy day.

    Grilled fish beside a salad and drinks on a dining table

    But since having a baby eight months ago — my first — I've noticed that my cooking style has changed pretty drastically. For the first two months or so, bedtime lasted anywhere from 30 minutes to 400 hours, and dinner for me looked a lot like the photo below. Now that I've gotten into the swing of motherhood, I'm finally back to cooking. That said, I've been relying on easier, less time-consuming meals that I can get on the table quickly, with minimal cleanup. So here are some of the go-to meals I've been making on repeat as a new mom.

    Adult holding a sleeping baby in a carrier beside a bowl of cereal with fruit

    1. Spaghetti Squash (Featuring Whatever's in the Fridge)

    A plate of spaghetti with broccoli, garnished with basil and Parmesan, on a marble surface

    2. Korean Bibimbap-Inspired Bowls

    Two bowls of salad with assorted toppings including shrimp, beef, mushrooms, and a poached egg

    3. Chicken Tortellini Soup

    Pot of homemade chicken noodle soup with vegetables and tortellini on the stove

    4. Everything Bagel and Lox Cottage Cheese Bowls

    A person holding a plate with a Mediterranean salad topped with pita, olives, and feta

    5. Cacio e Pepe Ravioli

    Plate of ravioli with Brussels sprouts and pancetta topping

    6. Veggie Fried Rice With Fried Egg

    Bowls of fried rice topped with fried egg

    7. Grilled Jumbo Prawns

    Person holding a plate of grilled prawns

    8. Turkey Larb

    Lettuce wraps filled with meat and vegetables, side of noodles and spinach

    9. Baked Branzino and Greek Salad

    Plate with fish and Greek salad with feta cheese, olives, cucumber, onion, and bell peppers

    10. Veggie-Packed Mac 'N' Cheese (From a Box, of Course)

    A bowl of mac 'n' cheese with broccoli and tomatoes on a marble surface

    11. Warm Salmon Niçoise Salad

    Oval platter of food with salmon, green beans, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and boiled eggs

    12. Baked Eggplant Parmesan

    A freshly baked lasagna with melted cheese and basil leaves in a white baking dish

    13. Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

    Plate with two meatballs in sauce, a side of spinach, and a piece of flatbread

    14. Coconut Shrimp Taco Bowls

    A plate with salad, avocado, lime wedges, shrimp, and tortilla chips on a table

    15. Shrimp Scampi and Orzo

    Plate of shrimp orzo with broccoli served on a table

    What are your favorite no-fuss recipes that you make often? Tell us in the comments below or drop them into this anonymous Google form.