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14 Super Simple Recipes for When You’re Burned Out

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If you’ve launched into January with a busier than ever to-do list, we see you. Tackling a new year and getting back in the groove can be exhausting. Fortunately, dinner doesn’t have to be. When a jam-packed schedule or case of the mid-winter blahs leaves you with nothing in the tank, fuel up with these delicious, nourishing recipes. They come together with next-to-no effort and minimal hands-on cooking time, so you can take a well-deserved seat on the couch. 

Beef Enchilada Casserole

Shortcuts like a microwave-thickened sauce and frozen chopped peppers and onions speed up this casserole version of beef enchiladas. Grated zucchini sneaks extra nutrients into the ground beef filling with corn and black beans.

Get the Recipe: Beef Enchilada Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Gnocchi Bake

Frozen or shelf-stable gnocchi is one thing the burned-out cook should always have on hand. This five-ingredient recipe (with just five minutes of prep!) uses refrigerated Buffalo chicken dip for a family-friendly meal.

Get the recipe:Buffalo Chicken Gnocchi Bake

Cajun Fish Sandwiches

Keep frozen fillets in your freezer for a crowd-pleasing meal. Here’s a fresh catch for weeknight dinner: sandwiches made with quick cooking flounder fillets and the kick of Cajun seasoning. Whip up a double batch of the creamy roasted red pepper-lime sauce for drizzling over any of your favorite seafood later in the week.

Get the Recipe: Cajun Fish Sandwiches

Sheet Pan Pork Chops With Brussels Sprouts 

When you’re running on empty, a hot, nutritious meal is the ultimate pick-me-up. Skip the delivery order and prep this complete sheet pan dinner with lean pork chops and Brussels sprouts in a fraction of the time.

Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Pork Chops With Brussels Sprouts

Barbecue-Ranch Chicken Nugget Wraps 

When the family can’t agree on dinner, two words never fail: chicken nuggets. This 20-minute wonder sneaks some veggies into a handy, portable wrap. Plus, it features two all-time favorite sauces: barbecue and ranch.

Get the Recipe: Barbecue-Ranch Chicken Nugget Wraps

Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Porridge

Slurp comfort by the spoonful with this meal-in-one rice porridge inspired by Chinese congee. Rotisserie chicken is a time-saving ingredient, and the Instant Pot® speeds up cooking time even more while eliminating the need to babysit at the stove.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Porridge

Shrimp with White Cheddar Grits 

You don’t need to visit the South for this 15-minute comfort food classic. Our take on shrimp and creamy grits gets an extra boost of flavor from white cheddar and green onions.

Get the recipe: Shrimp with white cheddar grits

Kielbasa Potato and Kale Skillet 

Nothing says “time to get cozy” like a meal served from a skillet. Hearty kielbasa with fingerling potatoes, spinach, and kale is an easy, nutrient packed BLD (brunch, lunch, or dinner).

Get the recipe: Kielbasa Potato and Kale Skillet

One-Pot Mac and Cheese 

Made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese is easy to pull off any night of the week with this one-pot, 20-minute recipe. Elbow noodles cook directly in the cheesy sauce studded with peas and carrots for a satisfying meal that’s easy from prep through cleanup.

Get the recipe: One-Pot Mac and Cheese

One-Pot Skillet Chicken with Orzo 

This take on crowd-pleasing beef stroganoff uses lean ground beef to cut down on cooking time without sacrificing flavor. Make the saucy beef mixture in advance and freeze for a quick dinner later that’s ready in the time it takes to boil noodles.

Get the recipe: One-Pot Skillet Chicken with Orzo

Ground Beef Stroganoff

This take on crowd-pleasing beef stroganoff uses lean ground beef to cut down on cooking time without sacrificing flavor. Make the saucy beef mixture in advance and freeze for a quick dinner later that’s ready in the time it takes to boil noodles.

Get the recipe: Ground Beef Stroganoff

Italian Pastina with Egg and Cheese 

If your little one is a picky eater, or you’re in the mood for some kid-friendly comfort food yourself, this five-ingredient pasta hits the spot. Fluffy pastina with egg and Parmesan is a warm hug in a bowl ready in 15 minutes.

Get the recipe: Italian Pastina with Egg and Cheese

French Dip Sandwich 

Savor a homemade French dip sandwich in less time than fast food. A can of condensed French onion soup and sliced roast beef from the deli counter cut down prep time to just six minutes.

Get the recipe: French Dip Sandwich

Pulled Pork Pizza

When all else fails, have pizza. You could order, but dressing up a frozen pizza is almost as easy and only takes 5 minutes of prep before you get it in the oven. This version uses store-bought pizza and pulled pork topped with some easy garnishes.

Get the recipe: Pulled Pork Pizza

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