As a cooking novice, it’s easy to be intimidated by complex recipes that have lots of ingredients and steps, and use cooking techniques that are unfamiliar and confusing. But cooking isn’t just for the experts – even the most unexperienced of chefs can get into the kitchen and fix up a delicious meal with little to no complications. Keeping cooking easy means every element of the recipe should be a simple one, from the ingredients to the cooking technique to everything in between.
From one pot dishes and casseroles to dishes that require nothing more than rolling up everything in a tortilla and baking until golden brown, cooking can not only be easy, it can be fun too. Check out our guide to 15 easy recipes for guys who can’t cook and find out how you can make something truly impressive with little to no effort.
One Pot Chicken Lo Mein
Even the most unskilled of home chefs can whip this dish together in no time. Why? Because there are only three steps in this recipe that are virtually impossible to mess up.
35 minutes 390 calories Easy
Mixed Mushroom and Pea Baked Risotto
Risotto is typically a difficult dish to master, but not all risottos are created equal. This recipe is a baked version of the classic, meaning all you have to do is prepare your ingredients, put everything in a baking dish and bake until most of the liquid is absorbed.
45 minutes 350 calories Easy
Crunchy Black Bean Tacos
While the flavors in these tacos are delicious and complex, getting them cooked and on the dinner table isn’t complex at all.
30 minutes 250 calories Easy
Easy Homemade Pizza Rolls
The best part about these pizza rolls is there’s no actual ingredient prep required – all you need are four ingredients and a toaster oven to get this super simple snack ready to eat in no time.
10 minutes 120 calories Easy
Roast Chicken with Baby Brussels Sprouts
Don’t be intimidated by the fact that the chicken and the brussels sprouts are cooked in separate baking dishes – both are cooked in the same oven at the same temperature for the same amount of time. All you have to do is flip the chicken once and toss the brussels once.
30 minutes 140 calories Easy
Greek Salad with Lemon and Oregano
This salad is more about constructing than it is about cooking. Gather your ingredients, chop and slice accordingly, and build in a bowl for a beautiful, finished product.
10 minutes 100 calories Easy
Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad
This chicken salad is impossibly easy to throw together, and you don’t even need to cook the chicken if you don’t want to. Instead, buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, shred it yourself, throw all the ingredients together, and enjoy.
25 minutes 200 calories Easy
Easy Fried Rice
The best part about this dish is that it’s already 90 percent made for you, using leftovers that you already have. Chop up a few of your favorite veggies, fry with a few tablespoons of soy sauce, and you’re done.
10 minutes 200 calories Easy
5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili
Chili is one of those recipes that sounds really difficult, but ends up being far easier than you expected. Simply stir your ingredients together in a large pot, bring to a simmer, and ladle yourself a bowl.
15 minutes 230 calories Easy
Loaded Hasselback Potatoes
The hardest part about this baked potato? Deciding which ingredients you want to include.
1h 20m 390 calories Easy
Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls
Not only are these burrito bowls simple to throw together, they’re healthy, too. Instead of rice, these burrito bowls call for cauliflower rice, resulting in a lighter dish you can be proud of.
35 minutes 210 calories Easy
Zucchini Pizza Bites
If you need a quick and easy appetizer to put together for a crowd, look no further. These zucchini bites are ready to serve in just 15 minutes, all you need is shredded cheese and pre-sliced pepperoni.
20 minutes 75 calories Easy
Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps
All the ingredients for these spicy lettuce wraps are cooked together in one skillet, meaning once everything is heated up, it’s ready to serve.
20 minutes 100 calories Easy
White Spinach French Bread Pizzas
These French bread pizzas may look like they took you hours to make, but quite the opposite is true. All you need to do is slice up a loaf of French bread, top with frozen spinach, creamy alfredo sauce, melty mozzarella cheese, and a few slices of thinly sliced prosciutto, and be prepared to impress.
20 minutes 400 calories Easy
Veggie & Rice Noodle Bowl with Ginger Peanut Dressing
This filling and guilt-free bowl is easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy. Prepare the noodles, chop up your fresh veggies, and throw in the protein of your choice. Everything comes together with a creamy peanut butter dressing that you’ll want to have more of for later.
15 minutes 550 calories Easy