When we think about cooking, we tend to imagine a lot of dirty dishes and then the thought itself repels us from stepping inside the kitchen. You’d rather curl up with Netflix than cook dinner, right? We’ve been there and done that too, but as convenient as it sounds, you can’t live on takeout forever—especially when we’ve gathered 5 easy lazy weekend dinner ideas. Bon appétit!

Wholesome Pasta

Probably the easiest way to make delicious pasta, this all-vegetarian recipe is packed with cherry tomatoes, baby spinach leaves, onion, garlic, chilli, basil leaves, pecorino cheese, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, ground black pepper and spaghetti. Keep stirring the pasta until the liquid turns into a thick sauce.

Enchilada Rice

Keep dinner light yet full of nutrients and flavours with one-pot enchilada rice that you can make with oil, garlic, onion, washed rice, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, water, black beans, cilantro, tomato sauce, chilli powder, cumin, salt, pepper, avocado for garnishing and shredded cheese. Mix all the ingredients in a pot and cook it for approx 15 minutes before baking it in a preheated oven.

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Gnochhi with Spinach and Chicken

No one will ever have to know that this fancy dish too was a one-pot meal. First, get your oven preheated to 425°F. In a deep skillet, melt butter at medium heat, and whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour for about 3 minutes until you’ve created a roux. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you see the sauce getting all bubbly, and you can tell the gnocchi is ready to eat.

Egg Casserole

This makes for a delicious meal, which you can make with a few simple ingredients. To make this Egg Casserole, take a baking tray and brush it with some butter. Place a layer of thin-sliced potatoes and sliced tomatoes, then add some grated mozzarella cheese and again repeat the layer. Crack open 6 eggs and season the eggs with salt and spices. Lastly, add coriander leaves and bake for 15-20minutes at 180°C and serve hot!

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Beans and Quinoa Pot

To make this quick one-pot meal, soak black beans and kidney beans overnight. Next, take a pan and some oil, sauté onion and bell peppers. To the pan, add in the soaked beans along with pre-soaked 1 cup quinoa, sauté nicely and add some water. Season the dish with salt and pepper. Cover the lid and simmer the dish. Once the beans appear cooked, turn off the flame and enjoy.

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