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25 Lazy Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Great

Put down the takeout menu.

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1. Five-Minute Fried Rice

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"I scramble an egg on the skillet, add jasmine rice, shredded rotisserie chicken, whatever vegetables I have on hand and soy sauce for cheap and easy fried rice."—Megan Marie, Facebook.

2. Fish Stick Tacos

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"Cook the fish sticks according to the instructions, pop them into tortillas with lettuce, tomatoes, and any of your favorite taco toppings like mayo, guacamole, or ranch dressing."—SKipnees

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3. Souped-Up Boxed Mac & Cheese

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"I almost always have boxed mac and cheese sitting in my pantry, so I like to spice it up with whatever is in my fridge. Some of my go-to add-ins are broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, frozen peas, and mushrooms. You can even add extra protein like chicken sausage or shrimp. It makes mac and cheese feel healthier, more filling, and even more sophisticated."—Hannah Loewentheil

4. No-Cook Burrito Bowl

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"I throw leftover roasted vegetables over leftover rice and half a can of beans, then I top it with some salsa. When I'm feeling fancy AF, I'll add some avocado."— Britney Pellouchoud, Facebook

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7. Pantry-to-Bowl Black Bean Soup

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"All you need to make this comfort food is a box of chicken or veggie stock, canned corn, canned black beans, and a jar of salsa. Pour everything into a big pot and bring it to a boil for 10 minutes. Let it simmer for another 30, and then top it with tortillas, avocado, or whatever's in your kitchen."—brittanijuneb

8. Huevos Rancheros

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"I heat up canned black beans with some spices like chili powder or cumin. Then, I toast tortillas in a pan with butter until they're crispy and fry an egg. I layer the tortillas with black beans, salsa, and fried egg, and there you have it: Easy huevos rancheros."—kateg44899cc54

9. One-Pan Quinoa

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"I usually make some variation of this one-pan, five-ingredient Mexican quinoa using quinoa, fire roasted tomatoes, canned corn, black beans, and lime. I'll switch it up depending on what I have in my kitchen."—Ciera Velarde

10. Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

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"I use half a jar of salsa per chicken breast, dump the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook it on high for 4 hours. Serve it with some cheese, sour cream, and avocado salsa on warm tortillas."—Elissa Westmoreland, Facebook

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11. Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

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"I usually have bread and cheese lying around, so I make a souped up grilled cheese sandwich with some fig jam on the inside. I place another cast iron pan on top of the sandwich while I fry it to make it extra crispy."—Sarah Aspler

12. Quick Linguine in Clam Sauce

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"This recipe comes together in one pot and it's so easy. Boil pasta, add spinach, canned Progresso white clam sauce, and top it all with grated Parmesan cheese."—CariJayne

13. Naan Pizza

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"Using naan instead of pizza dough to make flatbread saves time and effort, and it tastes amazing. I buy store-bought naan and top it with whatever pizza toppings I'm craving, from pesto and ricotta to arugula and prosciutto. I pop the naan pizzas in the oven for about 10 minutes and call it dinner."—Hannah Loewentheil

14. Mini Chicken Parmesan

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"I take frozen chicken nuggets and microwave them, then add canned marinara sauce and cheese and microwave again. It feels fancy even though you made it in five minutes."—transboytheo

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15. Fancy Instant Ramen Bowl

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"I take instant ramen and spice it up with whatever is in my fridge like eggs, fresh or frozen veggies, and any protein. You don't even need to boil the egg. You can crack it right into the broth and turn it into egg drop soup."—caryls

16. Shakshuka

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"I throw chopped onions into a pan with olive oil and sautée until translucent, then add canned tomatoes and stew with whatever spices and veggies I have on hand. After 20 minutes, I crack a few eggs in and let them cook. It's easy, budget-friendly, and versatile."—LunaMagnolia86

17. Two-Ingredient Tomato Soup

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"This is the easiest cream of tomato soup, and it's vegan. Add jar of tomato sauce to a sauce pan, then add the coconut cream and stir until it's dissolved. Just add salt and pepper to taste and serve."— nickif4154fa1ae

18. Ten-Minute Hibachi

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"I throw rice, butter, soy sauce, garlic, veggies, and whatever leftover meat I have on hand into a pan. Cook it until everything is hot and boom: Hibachi in ten minutes. Especially when I have leftover rotisserie chicken, this is my go-to meal."—Sandra Lomotey

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20. Egg Roll Bowl

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I brown breakfast sausage in a saute pan with whatever Asian seasonings I have on hand like ginger and red pepper flakes. Then, I add soy sauce and coleslaw to the pan until it wilts. It's basically an egg roll in a bowl."—megant4681d30ce

21. Lazy Shepherd's Pie

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"I made a quick Shepherd's pie with ground beef, instant mashed potatoes, and frozen veggies. You just cook the ground beef, mix in the veggies, then transfer it to a baking dish topped with mashed potatoes. Bake it for 25 minutes, and you'll have dinner with plenty of leftovers."—kassandranicolec

22. Easy Quesadillas

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"I raised my kids on these quesadillas because they’re fast, healthy and I always have the ingredients. All you need are tortillas, frozen corn, cheese, and salsa."—lilym41216496f

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23. Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese

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"I microwave frozen cauliflower florets until they're tender. Then I add shredded cheese, cream cheese, and a splash of milk and continue to microwave and stir until it's all melty and cheesy. Voilà: Lazy and healthy(ish) cauliflower "mac" and cheese."—hannahb45c3481fb

24. Beans and Greens

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"I make lots of versions of this beans and greens recipe depending on what's in my fridge. I usually use garlic, onion, spinach, and canned cannelloni beans, and then I'll add anything like mushrooms, shallot, sun dried tomato, kale, or bacon. I just sauté everything in a pan with oil or butter, toss with red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and Parmesan."—CariJayne

25. Cheater's Enchiladas

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Take frozen burritos, top them with canned red enchilada or tomato sauce sauce, cheese, and any of your favorite Tex-Mex toppings. Bake them in the oven and you've got instant enchiladas that cost next to nothing."— alaurenc90

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