7 Easy Weeknight Meals for Those New to Cooking

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If you’re not naturally inclined to head to the kitchen to whip up your meals, the whole thing can seem daunting, overwhelming and a pain in the booty. But you may know in the back of your beautiful brain that home cooked meals are often healthier, less expensive and tastier than their takeout twin. Now you’re left on your couch at 7:00 after a long day at work trying to reconcile the ease of Seamless with your cooking #goals. Well pour yourself a glass of wine because we’re here to help — serving up 7 recipes that are easy and delicious. The perfect way to ease into cooking at home!

Sheet Pan Lemon Parmesan Garlic Chicken & Veggies

Sheet pans are your best friend because you throw everything on one pan. Not only does that mean quick clean up, but it means that everything is cooked the same way. No boiling water while roasting chicken — just throw everything on the tray and enjoy! If chicken isn’t your protein of choice, don’t stress. Do a quick google search for sheet pan recipes with whatever protein you like, you’ll find something that clicks.

(Source: Cafe Delites)

Easy Pasta Arrabbiata

This is a very straight forward pasta dish that adds some spice to your pasta life. With just a few ingredients and a 15 minute simmer (AKA the sauce just cooks by itself, bubbling a bit) you’ll be serving up a fresh, yummy pasta dish in no time.

(Source: Salt & Lavender)

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad

This salad reminds me of growing up, my mom used to make it all the time. And now I know why — it’s easy AF and so scrump. You’ll be eating in 10 min no joke. If you’re more advanced and want to throw some chicken in here, go for it, if not, it’s fab as is.

(Source: Gimme Some Oven)

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Such a classic comfort food and another easy, 1 pan dish. You throw everything in a casserole pan (a pan that has some sides so there’s depth for chicken and cheesy goodness) for 25 min and you have dinner. Totally optional to serve over pasta, spinach, or rice. But again it’s great on it’s own. Plus it freezes well so if you made too much…. YOU’RE A MEAL PREPPER NOW! Throw it in the freezer and de-frost the next time you get home late and almost order pizza…

(Source: Thriving Home)

30 Minute Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup

Healthy. Easy. Warm. Comforting. Veggies and herbs make this soup a home run. This type of soup really is my favorite of all time and a 30 minute version is heaven.

(Source: Kristine’s Kitchen)

Quick and Easy 15 Minute Chicken Stir Fry 

Ok so this is definitely quick but warning: there are a good number of ingredients here. That’s because having the chicken and numerous veggies packs punch to the stir fry. But this recipe really walks you through how to make this stir fry step by step which is why we think you can handle it. Once you’ve made stir fry, you’ll love incorporating it into your weekly meals because it’s so yummy (IMO), quick and can be diversified with veggies you love! Also, if you prefer your stir fry with rice (I do) make that instead of pasta. Just make it first so you don’t have to think about it while you’re stir fryin.

(Source: Oh Sweet Basil)

Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever! 

Such a classic. Such an easy dinner. If you like Mexican, this ones for you. Brb making….

(Source: Gimme Some Oven)

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