I grew up cooking alongside my mom. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. A quick weeknight dinner can turn into a 2 hour experiment, and I’m happy about it! However, I understand that not everyone shares this love for cooking. In fact, many people hate spending time in the kitchen! So my mission today is to round up delicious and healthy recipes to make that require minimal cooking and prep work.

One Pot Pasta with Spinach and Feta


In an attempt to reduce clean up time, there are a lot of “one pot” meals out there. This recipe capitalizes on minimizing prep work as well. Canned tomatoes and baby spinach are easy veggies that require no chopping! Throw all of your ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, and let simmer until the pasta is cooked! Stir in the spinach and cheese and then you’re good to go!

Black Bean Tacos


Tacos are so simple, but easily a crowd pleaser. These vegetarian tacos use black beans and canned tomatoes to create a flavorful and protein-packed filling. Use shredded cheese, pre-shredded lettuce, sour cream, pre-made guacamole, and salsa as no stress toppings.

Throw-Together Salad

Salad Kit

Salad kits are everywhere these days, which can make dinnertime a breeze! Grab whatever salad kit strikes your fancy, and then beef it up to make it a meal! One of my favorites is the southwest salad kit. Your typical kit will have lettuce, tortilla strips, cheese, and dressing. Make it a meal by adding rotisserie chicken, canned corn and/or beans (drained), salsa, and whatever else you want!

Lentil Salad

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It doesn’t get much easier than this. Grab a package of cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s, and toss with cucumber, tomato, and feta cheese. Serve over lettuce or with pita bread to complete the meal!

Honey Raisin Chicken Salad

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Chicken salad made with diced rotisserie chicken (or even canned chicken) seems simple, but finely dicing onion or celery can take some time. This honey raisin chicken salad doesn’t require chopping any veggies! Mix up the ingredients, put it between 2 slices of bread, and you’re good to go!

Chicken Stir Fry


Stir fry can be a quick, one pan meal. Use a bag of frozen veggies and a microwaveable pack of rice to make it even easier!

Skillet Lasagna

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Lasagna is delicious, but quite the process! Cut down on all that work by making your lasagna in a skillet! All the flavor without spending the day in the kitchen.

Sheet Pan Dinners

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Sheet pan meals are gaining popularity because you can cook your protein, starch, and veggie all on the same pan, and the oven does all the work! Check out this blog for 8 sheet pan recipes!

If you don’t like to cook or don’t have the time to cook and need help meal planning, our registered dietitians are here to help. Please call (301) 474-2499 or click here to set up an appointment today!