11 Easy Meals for When You’re Too Tired to Cook

When I’m in a foul mood, my sister will always ask me two questions: “Are you tired?” and “Are you hungry?” It’s almost always a “yes” to one or the other—and on days following the switch to Daylight Saving Time, it’s usually both. Tonight, I don’t want to mess with 15-step recipes or tons of dishes. I want a meal that requires only a handful of ingredients and minimal active cooking, like speedy grits, bubbly bakes, or done-in-a-flash fish. That way I can chow down, jump in the shower, and then into bed.

If you’re looking for your own easy dinners, check out these 11 short, simple dishes. And then get some rest.

Sabrina Ghayour's Persian "Adassi" Lentil StewSabrina Ghayour’s Persian “Adassi” Lentil Stew
by Ali Slagle

The stew starts simple: oil, onion, lentils, tomato paste, curry powder, salt, water. And the process involves chopping one vegetable, pouring some stuff in a pot, and stirring every so often. Really, that’s it.

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)Sally Schneider’s Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
by Genius Recipes

This “slow” roasted technique takes 30 minutes, tops, and results in a beautifully tender, evenly cooked, not-one-bit-dry piece of fish.

Creamy Goat Cheese GritsCreamy Goat Cheese Grits
by Merrill Stubbs

Goat cheese makes the dish creamy and soft and adds a bright, tangy flavor. Feel free to add fresh herbs, or top your grits with spinach, tomatoes, or leftover roasted broccoli.

Tahini Roasted BroccoliTahini Roasted Broccoli
by Laurie

Honestly, a bowl of this crispy, garlicky broccoli is all I need as a main course, but if you’re looking for a little more oomph, top it with a fried egg.

Crispy Kimchi and Cheddar OmeletteCrispy Kimchi and Cheddar Omelette
by alison roman

High heat browns the eggs’ exterior and crisps up the cheddar, while the kimchi helps keep the insides nice and runny. If it’s been a looong time since lunch, feel free to add another egg in there.

Tots & CheeseTots & Cheese
by Emma Laperruque

Macaroni, make way for tater tots. For this dish, you smother your tots in cheese sauce, then broil until bubbly and golden.

J. Kenji López-Alt's Butter-Basted, Pan-Seared Thick-Cut SteaksJ. Kenji López-Alt’s Butter-Basted, Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Steaks
by Genius Recipes

If steak’s not one of the fastest ways to improve someone’s mood, I don’t know what is.

Scamorza alla pizzaiolaScamorza alla pizzaiola
by Emiko

Creamy scamorza cheese melted obligingly into tomato sauce and slathered onto toast is basically lazy (but oh-so-satisfying) pizza.

Sue Kreitzman’s Lemon Butter Angel Hair PastaSue Kreitzman’s Lemon Butter Angel Hair Pasta
by Genius Recipes

“This is a dinner you can fish out of your bare kitchen and cook in 10 minutes that will make you feel whole, with nothing more than modestly proportioned dry pasta, butter, chicken stock, pepper, and lemon.” —The Genius herself, Kristen Miglore

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and CorianderRoasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
by Renee Kemps

Creamy sweet potato and tangy goat cheese get a little help from chickpeas to make a flavorful, belly-filling meal.

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese SandwichesGabrielle Hamilton’s Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
by Genius Recipes

Okay, maybe you want something really easy, like a sandwich. That’s fine! Make this golden grilled cheese, no regrets.

What do you make when you’re too tired to cook? Share some ideas in the comments, PLEASE.

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11 Easy Meals for When You’re Too Tired to Cook