9 easy minimal effort recipes for when you just can't

Sure, you could grab a box of frozen nuggets or that iffy grocery store sushi in a pinch, but these minimal effort recipes promise tastier results.

9 easy minimal effort recipes for when you just can't

Grilled Cheese Soldiers

Your kids are into it, why not you? Simple, satisfying and great dragged through ketchup or dunked in a cup of tomato soup, grilled cheese always delivers. If you’ve only got ends of a few different cheeses, grate them together to create your own “quatro fromaggio” blend. Yeah, that’s what it’s called. Get the recipe: Grilled Cheese Soldiers

plate with grilled cheese sliced into thin strips

Pork Lettuce Wraps

Quickly sautée ground pork with grated carrot, onion, garlic and ginger and then spoon the tasty mixture into crisp lettuce leaves. Or into tortillas. Or onto rice. Really, just do whichever is less painful for you. Get the recipe: Pork Lettuce Wraps

Iceberg lettuce stuffed with ground pork and veggies


Zucchini Cacio e Pepe

If you’ve got time to boil water, you’ve got time for this simple dish. While the bowtie pasta (our fave!) cooks, you sautée grated zucchini and garlic in a pan with butter. Toss it all together with fresh Parm and a grind of pepper. And done! Get the recipe: Zucchini Cacio e Pepe

plate of bowtie pasta with light dressing, cracked black pepper and grated zucchini

Turkey Scallopini with Brown Butter, Lemon and Parsley

Serve these quick-fried turkey cutlets alongside a simple salad or create a sandwich situation. Get the recipe: Turkey Scallopini with Brown Butter, Lemon and Parsley

fry pan with turkey scallopiniPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Roasted Trout with Fennel and Herb Salsa

Fish isn’t fussy. It yeilds tasty results with very little effort—14 minutes to be exact. Oh, and it’s a lot healthier than some other fast foods we know. Get the recipe: Roasted Trout with Fennel and Herb Salsa

platter with roasted fish covered in fennel and rosemary


Corn and Squash Succotash

Bet you didn’t think those bags of veggies on the verge of freezer burn could come away looking this good, did you? Edamame gives this dish plenty of protein, but leftover meat (grilled sausage or that leftover rotisserie chicken) is a welcome addition, too. We recommend eating with crusty bread. Get the recipe: Corn and Squash Succotash

plate of fresh corn, edamame and chopped veggiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

A sandwich for supper is a very fine idea. This one is meaty and massive enough for the whole family to sink their teeth into. The most labour-intensive part is slicing the apples and trimming the green beans. It’s brimming with all the good stuff, so don’t skimp. Get the recipe: Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

thick sandwich filled with ham, cheese, apple and lettucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Grilled Veggie Pizza

Naan bread makes nearly instant pizza. Top yours with whatever veg you’ve got on hand—just make sure you have plenty of cheese. Get the recipe: Grilled Veggie Pizza

wooden platter with pizza topped with asparagus, red onion and peppersPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Stuffed Cucumber Bites

Here’s what you do: hollow out some cucumber slices and stuff them with a mix of goat and cream cheese. Garnish with dill if you have the energy. Oh, and a boiled egg on the side goes great. Finger food for the win. Get the recipe: Stuffed Cucumber Bites

plate of cucumber slices hallowed out and stuffed with cream cheese

Read more:
5 delicious quiche recipes 11 recipes that your kid can eat with ketchup 8 forgot-about-dinner dinner recipes

This article was originally published on Aug 18, 2018

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