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7 Easy Dinners That Basically Make Themselves

Minimum effort, maximum payoff.

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1. Sheet Pan Chili Lime Salmon

One-pan meals are such a great option for beginner cooks. You're literally cooking everything together at the same time. The only extra step this recipe requires is to whisk together in a bowl a super quick marinade (lime juice, olive oil, water, and a few herbs and spices). Get the recipe here.
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One-pan meals are such a great option for beginner cooks. You're literally cooking everything together at the same time. The only extra step this recipe requires is to whisk together in a bowl a super quick marinade (lime juice, olive oil, water, and a few herbs and spices).

Get the recipe here.

2. Five-Ingredient Chili

Only 5 ingredients, 25 minutes, and not a whole lot of effort needed to make a tasty chili. Get the recipe here.
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Only 5 ingredients, 25 minutes, and not a whole lot of effort needed to make a tasty chili.

Get the recipe here.

3. Healthy Baked Pesto Rigatoni

If you own a food processor, making homemade pesto will actually be super easy. But if you don’t, store-bought works too. The rest of the recipe is super straightforward: just cook some pasta, drain it, mix it with the pesto and tomatoes, pour the whole thing in a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake!Get the recipe here.
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If you own a food processor, making homemade pesto will actually be super easy. But if you don’t, store-bought works too. The rest of the recipe is super straightforward: just cook some pasta, drain it, mix it with the pesto and tomatoes, pour the whole thing in a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake!

Get the recipe here.

4. Foil Pack Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken, Rice, and Veggies

Foil pack dinners are the best for anyone with limited time and/or cooking skills. Just make sure to use heavy duty foil and to grease the foil well with cooking spray.

Get the recipe here.

5. Easy Chili Lime Fish Tacos

Quickly roast some fish with an easy chili lime sauce, toss a few toppings (cilantro, jalapeńo, etc) together with the fish, serve on tortilla, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
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Quickly roast some fish with an easy chili lime sauce, toss a few toppings (cilantro, jalapeńo, etc) together with the fish, serve on tortilla, and enjoy!

Get the recipe here.

6. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Dump all your ingredients in a slow cooker (or a dutch oven), cook on low for a few hours, then blend the whole thing together, and you got yourself a delicious soup.

Get the recipe here.

7. Chicken Fajita Salad

Save even more time by swapping the grilled chicken for rotisserie chicken.Get the recipe here.
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Save even more time by swapping the grilled chicken for rotisserie chicken.

Get the recipe here.

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