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Lazy Food Days: 20 Easy Lazy Girl Recipes for Weeknights

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Lazy Food Days? As natural multitaskers and as productive as women can be, we all get hit with the desire to do nothing every once in a while. Whether we are just trying to get everything done around the house, cooking, or running errands, we are always busy. We often come home after a full day of meetings, maybe you’ve just returned from a business trip overseas, and then we continue working at home.

Now suddenly we’re feeling a little overwhelmed, being tasked with homeschooling, or even struggling to work from home with kids underfoot, you will need an easy to make meal at some point! Lazy girl recipes are perfect for nights when you don’t want to cook, and they are so super easy to make that you’ll have some free time to yourself afterwards!

These are great for busy weeknights, but you can use them anytime you need to make something quick! The best part is that you will probably be able to make some of these using ingredients you already have at home! These 20 easy, lazy girl recipes for weeknights are perfect for us busy girls who are generally always on the go!

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Lazy recipes: Easy Lazy Girl Dinner Recipe Ideas

French Onion Pork Chops
For the nights when cooking is a chore, this pork chops smothered with french onion sauce and thick gravy will surely be your go-to-meal every time. Keep in mind though that boneless chops will be best for this recipe. The best news is you can use just one skillet or pan to cook all the elements of this dish!
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Instant Pot Taco Soup
A creamy soup that has all the goodness of a taco with the added bonus of being healthy that is keto approved and high in protein. It can be tailored to suit anyone’s taste preference and cooks in just 30 minutes.
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Crock Pot Butter Chicken Recipe
This dish is perfect for Indian food lovers or simply those who spices like curry. This recipe turns the plain chicken into something truly delicious with spices like yellow curry powder, garam masala and ground turmeric.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
A favorite rustic Italian food that is familiar in any Italian dining table, this dish is super easy to cook with the chicken pieces the only thing that needs to be fried before the pieces and the other ingredients are then placed inside the crock pot to cook on low for 5 hours.
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Instant Pot Chicken Legs
An instant pot dish that can feed the whole family from adults down to the young ones, this recipe has the options to go from mild to spicy. The chicken legs are the fall off the bone kind of tender once they are cooked in the pressure cooker. There are also 3 recipes that one can experiment on to find what suit their taste buds the best!
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Instant Pot Short Ribs
Everybody loves a good short ribs but great ones are better. Because this recipe calls for beef short ribs, the use of an electric cooker will cut cooking time in half but still get the same amazing flavors and tender meat all the time! The ribs go perfectly with mashed potato or creamy polenta for a full, tasty meal or with a cauliflower mash for those eating low carb or keto.
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Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Recipe
Ideal for those who want a different variety of foods to eat while still keeping true to eating healthy, this dish hits all the right flavors of tangy, salty and spicy with the chicken meat cooked to perfect tenderness. Overall, the dish is low carb, gluten-free and keto friendly but can still be served into tortillas or with salad.
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Easy Grilled Hawaiian Steak Skewers Recipe
Kids and adults alike will enjoy tearing through these tender Hawaiian skewers. Marinaded sirloin strips are skewered with grape tomatoes and pineapple cubes. Grilled on the grill for approximately 8 – 12 minutes. It’s the ultimate food to have while socializing with friends and family in the backyard.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe
A one dish kind of meal, casseroles are super easy to make for dinner. The ingredients in the recipe are pantry item staple like pasta, canned tuna, vegetables, milk, and butter among others. Any leftovers can be frozen and reheated the following day as well.
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Ham and Cheese Tortellini
Making tortellini from scratch is a daunting task but fortunately for this recipe, one can use frozen tortellini. The Monterey Jack cheese and heavy cream makes the dish creamy while protein will come from ham. It’s bound to become a favorite comfort food in time in any household.
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Meatball Subs with Homemade Meatballs
Want a quick and filling meal? This meatball sub with homemade meatballs will definitely fit the bill. The meatballs and homemade marinara sauce can be made ahead or if preferred, in large batches and tossed into the freezer. When a craving for the sandwich, it’s a simple matter of tossing the meatballs and the sauce to heat it all nicely for a sit-down meal.
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Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs
An all-time favorite food of just about anytime made easy to cook with the use of a crockpot. This recipe only a few ingredients but don’t be fooled by the basics. The advantage of this dish is that you can pile everything up into the crockpot including the uncooked pasta and cooking on high for 2 hours.
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Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich
This is basically your plain old Ham and Cheese sandwich but is really a variation of the French croque-monsieur. But no matter, it’s still the same yummy sandwich filled with layers of ham or turkey and Swiss cheese, dipped into egg batter mixture and fried using an Air Fryer.
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Easy Homemade Italian Pizza Dough Recipe
As any pizza lover can attest, the ultimate pizza needs to have an exceptional pizza crust. This is where the recipe comes in. With just a few basic ingredients like flour and dry yeast, one can make the pizza dough either mixing by hand or with a stand mixer. Either way, make sure to keep some on hand for when a craving for pizza strikes the mood.
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Easy Balsamic Crock Pot Pot Roast Recipe
Easy to throw together and packed with flavor, this dish will be instant hit with your family and friends. An excellent pot roast is one whose meat are so tender there’s hardly any chewing involved and garnished with perfectly cooked potatoes and carrots. Perfect for Sunday dinners and get-together with friends and family.
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Easy Sausage and Veggie Stir-Fry
One can never go wrong with a hearty stir-fry. Just about anything can be included in a stir-fry according to one’s preference. It’s a full meal into itself with the rice for carbs, vegetables and meats for proteins. So next time you need an easy food to fill your belly, rummage through your fridge and pantry and see what you can come up with!
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Easy Pad Thai Noodles Recipe
Pad Thai Noodles are frequently in the menus for any Thai restaurants but one can make it at home anytime a desire for it comes up especially during late night hours. It’s quite easy to make and quite nutritious with the use of vegetables and chicken but with a bit of a crunch from the peanuts.
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Easy Southern Squash Casserole
Packed full of vitamins and nutrients, this dish is perfect for entertaining friends and family or for a relaxing meal during the week or weekend. Best to make when squash are in season, steamed squash slices are mixed with the cheese, and carrots, topped with crushed crackers and baked in the oven in a casserole dish. It’s a healthy version of mac and cheese that kids will equally love!
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Easy Crockpot Meatloaf Dinner
An all-time, go-to dinner recipe, meatloaf is a weekly or monthly fare at most households. Traditionally, a meatloaf takes a lot of time to prepare but cooking one in a crockpot saves a lot of time. In this recipe, all meatloaf ingredients are mixed together, then the mixture is shaped into a meatloaf and placed in the crockpot along with all the fixings. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours to be enjoyed soon after.
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5 Ingredient Salsa Chicken Casserole with Fresh Cravings Salsa
There can’t be anything more easier than this 5 ingredient salsa chicken dish. Fresh Cravings Salsa, uncooked rice, black beans, corn and boneless chicken breasts are mixed and placed into a baking dish to be baked in the oven. It can be served with tortilla chips, as a taco or burrito and even over some greens.
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Most of these recipes are so easy to prepare that it’ll take just 20-30 minutes of prep and cooking time. The crockpot and instant pot meals are just genius for lazy dinner nights since they’re basically the kind of meals where you dump stuff in and just leave it to cook on its own.

If you like our list of easy lazy recipes, let us know in the comments below! Also, share with us your common “go to” recipes when you need to cook something quick rather than your more elaborate meals.

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