A Giant List Of Easy Recipes For Anyone Who Can't Cook

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11/05/2016 2:57 AM AEST | Updated 11/05/2016 2:57 AM AEST

If you can't cook for sh*t, have no fear. Rather than resort to takeout, why not save money and put your kitchen to use by whipping up an epic home-cooked meal? From quick dinners to potluck dishes to mouth-watering desserts, we've got you covered. See this ridiculously long list of easy-peasy recipes for yourself:

1. 10 ‘Dump Recipes’ For Slow Cookers That Make Cooking Stupid Easy

Half Baked Harvest
Get the Easy Slow Cooker Buttered Chicken recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

The slow cooker is heralded for making dinner a breeze, but sometimes the recipes are not as easy as they seem. We want slow cooker meals so we don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen, so in our minds, recipes that require a lot of chopping, the making of rubs, searing of meat and cooking up of bacon — no matter how delicious — adds work where it shouldn’t be. 

That’s where dump recipes come in to save the day. Dump recipes might have an unfortunate name, but their philosophy is what folks are looking for. When it comes to slow cooker recipes, they’re as easy as it gets. Basically, dump recipes only require you to chop your ingredients, add them to the slow cooker and wait for it to make your food. They are the real easy recipes we’ve all been looking for. 

2. One Pot Pasta Recipes That Will Save Weeknight Dinners Everywhere

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Get the One Pot Andouille Sausage Pasta recipe from Damn Delicious.

Weekdays are busy. They’re also really long. And even though we all have to eat, making dinner at the end of a workday is the last thing we want to do. Right? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, we have good news: We have found a simple dinner option. Let us introduce you to our new favorite super-easy, one pot pasta recipes.

No, “one pot” does NOT mean that you boil your pasta in a pot, drain it, and cook your sauce in the same pot. It means you literally throw all the ingredients in one pot — pasta, sauce and all — and cook it all at once. Do you know what that means? Fewer steps, and so little clean up. Consider your weeknights saved.

3. 9 Beautiful Desserts That Are Dangerously Easy To Make

Get the recipe for this no-bake s’mores tart here.

It’s a common misconception that desserts are difficult to make. Along with baking — which can at times be stressful — people assume that desserts should be left in the hands of professional pastry chefs. This is not true, folks. Some desserts are so easy to make, they’re downright dangerous.

We found nine that are so easy you might find yourself whipping one up right before bed. Maybe even a second one right after, just because you can. Some people might even realize that these desserts are easier to make than a plate of bacon and eggs — because yes, some of them are — so they make one in place of a nutritious breakfast. It’s a slippery slope. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, people.

Don’t believe us? Just see how easy these gorgeous desserts can be.

4. 10 Ways To Instantly Upgrade Your Toast

Marian Bull
Get the Avocado Toast recipe from Marian Bull via Food52.

Most of us don’t think twice about toast. It’s just a slice of bread that we throw in the toaster and call breakfast. But you guys, toast can be so much better than that — and yes, we are being 100 percent serious. Toast can be more than a light breakfast, it can be filling, creative and exciting. It can even be called dinner. Toast is getting fancy, and we think you should get on board.

So put the butter down — only this one time, fellow butter addicts — and put something new on your toast. Here are our 10 favorite ways to upgrade our toast. 

5. Casserole Recipes That Are Worth Getting Excited About

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Get the One Pan Healthier Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Casserole recipe from Damn Delicious.

Casseroles have a bad reputation — and unjustly so. They’re often meet with moans and groans, when really, most of the time, they’re actually delicious. The problem with casserole recipes is that no matter how tasty they are, they always look like, well, a casserole.

Don’t let the casserole’s unflattering appearance turn you off. They are your best bet for a quick, easy and delicious weeknight meal. And they almost always guarantee leftovers — which means you won’t have to worry about lunch the next day. Double score.

6. Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You Need In Your Life

How Sweet It Is
Get the Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe from How Sweet It Is.

You can cook just about anything in a slow cooker. This all-purpose kitchen appliance can whip up something appropriate for any type of meal: think meaty stews and savory sides, fiber-packed oatmeals and breakfasts that are prepared overnight and even chocolatey baked goods and thick Greek yogurt.

It’s a pretty magical appliance that deserves a permanent spot in every kitchen — especially come winter, when nothing pleases a belly more than a warm, simmering meal that sticks to your bones. Virtually any slow cooker recipe will fill your heart and stomach with happiness, but below are the slow cooker recipes that will give you peace of mind, too. Every single one is good for you, tasty and worthy of saving for tomorrow’s lunch.

7. 20 Easy Comfort Food Recipes To Feed Your Soul

How Sweet It Is
Get the Crispy Smoked Provolone BLATs recipe from How Sweet It Is.

There is no season for comfort food — we need it all the time. It’s there for us on the hardest of days and to celebrate the happiest ones, too. But it’s definitely during the fall that our craving for a big plate of comfort strikes most frequently. Maybe it’s because we’re sad that summer’s over. Or maybe it’s because we need a little help getting through the back-to-school blues. Whatever the case may be, the need is real.

To help you out with this increasing demand, we rounded up our 20 favorite comfort food recipes — all of them easy to make. Because that’s what comfort is all about. Folks, you are welcome.

8. Cook These Dishes On Sunday, And Eat Healthy Meals All Week Long

Cookie Kate
Get the Green Goddess Hummus recipe from Cookie + Kate.

If you stock your fridge with the right dishes, you can prepare for the exhausting week ahead with healthy, homemade meals. While you can’t really cook complete dinners that will last the entire week — most recipes don’t stay good that long — you can make a few finished meals to fuel you in the beginning of the week and then a couple of staples that will help you make quick meals later in the week. Here’s the best part: we’re going to help you do just that.

We’ve got awesome, easy solutions for breakfast all week long, meatballs and chicken chili to feed you during the start of the week, good snack solutions for that four o’clock hunger strike and easy tomato sauce and pumpkin puree that can quickly be turned into a pasta dinner and soup for the end of the week. Folks, this is easy. Make these recipes and healthy, homemade eating will be yours for the next five days.

9. The Easiest Cast Iron Skillet Recipes On The Planet

How Sweet It Is
Get the Simple Sesame Skillet Chicken recipe from How Sweet It Is.

Cast iron skillet recipes are irresistible and impressive. The good news is, they can be super easy to make, too. Anything from chicken to nachos and even dessert can be easily whipped up in a skillet — even for those who are new to cooking.

With a cast iron skillet, amateur cooks can create great meals and impress their friends and family at the same time. It’s so simple — the reliability of the skillet and how nicely it distributes heat makes successful meals a breeze — and delicious, too. 

10. 6 Easy Office Treats That Will Blow Your Co-Workers Away

Get the recipe for Salted-Caramel Rice Krispies Treats here.

Yasmina Jacobs, who runs the bursting-with-ideas website Eat Make Celebrate, shares a few sweet and savory snacks that she says will impress anyone (even a finicky boss).


11. 7 Essential Healthy Recipes To Master In 2016

Andrea Duclos
Get the recipe for Chickpea Patties here.

Here are the decadent-tasting-yet-good-for-you mains and sides you’ll want to put in heavy rotation in your kitchen this year.

12. 21 of Our Favorite Recipes Made with 3 Ingredients or Fewer

Marian Bull
Get the Magic Shell recipe by Marian Bull here.

Meals should not be brief. We like to linger at the table, sneaking cold potatoes with our fingers and refilling our wine glasses and talking and talking and talking. 

But recipes? Those can be brief—and maybe they should be, letting the ingredients or the technique speak the loudest. Thick, buttery salad dressing. Light biscuits easy enough to to make any morning of the week. Super creamy ice cream that’s no-churn to boot. For these 21 recipes, the magic is in their simplicity: They each have only 3 ingredients or fewer.

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