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Feeling lazy? You’re not alone. As wonderful as the holidays can be, they certainly add a lot to a mom’s to-do list. Between wrapping presents, taking family photos and sending season’s greetings, you have little time to think about much else, so dinner’s often the last thing on your mind.
Luckily, you don’t have to settle for takeout. Just whip up one of these recipes whenever you’re feeling lazy and want to take a night off. Come on mom. You deserve a break.
1. Turkey Chili
Hmmm. What should you make for dinner? Chili is easy, right? You bet ya! It’s even easier with this recipe that incorporates a bunch of canned foods you likely already have on hand. Substituting turkey for ground beef helps you whip up a lazy meal you can actually feel good about.
If you have a slow cooker, just put all the ingredients into it and cook on high for three to four hours or on low for six to eight hours. Stir periodically and serve when ready. Otherwise, you can add the ground turkey to a large stock pot and saute it until fully cooked. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and heat for an additional 10 minutes. Top with diced avocado, cilantro, cheese and crushed chips or enjoy it plain.
2. Easiest Mac and Cheese
Sure, Kraft macaroni and cheese is easy, but we’re willing to bet this mac is even easier. You don’t even have to boil the pasta to make this delicious dish. Just toss the ingredients into a casserole dish and bake. No fuss, no muss, just really good pasta, lazy mama style.
Generously butter the sides and bottom of a shallow baking dish. Whisk milk, mascarpone cheese, dry mustard and seasonings in a separate dish until smooth. Then, add your cheeses and uncooked pasta. Stir to combine and pour the mixture into your baking dish. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Then, remove the aluminum foil and bake for another half hour. When the top is brown and the cheese is bubbling, it’s ready to come out and plate up.
3. Coffee Cup Cobbler
Got a hankering for some peach cobbler? There’s an easy way to make this family favorite, too! All you need is an oven-rated coffee cup and a handful of simple ingredients like butter, flour and milk. Add a scoop of ice cream on top to make this dessert extra delicious.
First, coat the bottom of your mug with butter. Then, mix the flour, sugar, milk, baking powder, butter and salt to make the batter. Pour it into your cup and place half a peach on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg before baking it for 38 minutes and voila! A masterpiece of a dessert that’s actually easier than pie.
4. Lazy Lasagna
Most lasagna recipes involve way too much work, especially when you’re feeling lazy. That’s where this recipe comes into play. In just five minutes, you can have the entire thing prepped and in the oven. And did we mention you only need five ingredients? Odds are you already have them somewhere in your kitchen, too. It’s that simple!
Layer ready-to-bake lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese in a baking dish. Four to five layers should do. Spread a thin layer of sauce and cheese on the top and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, removing the foil at the 20-minute mark to brown the top layer. Cut, serve and dig in. See? Easy-peasy.
5. Crockpot Beef and Broccoli
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one crockpot meal. This one is surprisingly quick, which means you can have dinner on the table in less than two hours. Serve the beef and broccoli on a bed of rice, quinoa or noodles and you have yourself a well-rounded, satisfying meal for the whole family.
Add the steak, broccoli and sauce to your slow cooker and pour in some beef stock. Set the pot to low and cook for two hours. Remember to stir in the cornstarch mixture at the 90-minute mark to thicken the sauce and keep everything moist. Serve hot, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
6. Sheet Pan Sausage Dinner
Most sheet pan recipes are just as easy as crockpot recipes. Plus, if you use foil, you won’t even have any dishes to wash later, which is an ultimate win for lazy moms. Use up some of those veggies at the bottom of your fridge and whip up dinner in just 25 minutes. Sheet pan sausage: it’s nutritious and delicious!
Simply add the potatoes and green beans to the pan and drizzle on a bit of olive oil. Toss to coat and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Then, cut up the kielbasa, add it to the pan and cook for an additional five minutes. Serve plain or add a dollop of barbecue sauce, ranch dressing or mustard to everyone’s plate. This meal is as dippable as they come.
Keep It Simple
These recipes are super easy to customize, which makes them perfect for families with picky eaters. However, the key here is to keep things simple. After all, you don’t want to complete a bunch of extra steps when you’re feeling lazy. Stick to the recipe as closely as you can and look for shortcuts to make things easier. That way you can get back to shopping and making merry.