If you’re tired of spending endless hours in the kitchen and want hassle-free meal solutions, our collection of 23 simple recipes is here to make your life easier. From breakfast treats to quick dinner fixes, these recipes are designed to minimize the bother involved in cooking while still delivering delicious results. Whether you’re a seasoned chef looking for a break or a beginner in the kitchen, these easy-to-follow recipes will surely save you time and effort without sacrificing taste. Get ready to enjoy stress-free cooking with recipes that won’t bother you one bit. Let’s get started!

Close-up shot of Copycat Carrabba's Mama Mandola's Chicken Soup.
Copycat Carrabba’s Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Chicken Soup. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Copycat Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken in a bowl with a bowl of rice in the background.
Copycat Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Craving takeout but short on time? This dish is perfect for a quick and flavorful weeknight meal. Skip the wait at your favorite Chinese restaurant and whip up this copycat version in under 30 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken

Chicken Piccata

A platter of pizza pasta salad served on a white rectangular dish.
Chicken Piccata. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This classic Italian dish comes together surprisingly fast. Thinly sliced chicken is dredged in flour then cooked in a lemon butter sauce with capers for a light and satisfying dinner.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Piccata

Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs

A plate of porcupine meatballs covered in tomato sauce and garnished with fresh basil.
Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Looking for a hands-off approach to dinner? These meatballs require minimal prep and cook low and slow in your crockpot for a stress-free meal that’s bursting with flavor.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs

Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers

A plate of Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers sprinkled with chopped herbs.
Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Sausage and peppers is a hearty and comforting combination, and this recipe makes it incredibly easy. Italian sausage and colorful bell peppers are simmered in a flavorful sauce for a crowd-pleasing weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers

Cottage Cheese Toast with Blueberries

A plate of cottage cheese toast with blueberries, next to a honey dipper.
Cottage Cheese Toast with Blueberries. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Sometimes the simplest meals are the most satisfying. This recipe takes just minutes to prepare and is perfect for a light and refreshing lunch or a quick weeknight side dish.
Get the Recipe: Cottage Cheese Toast with Blueberries

Steak & Pasta Salad

A hand holding a fork over a bowl of Fornaio Rigatoni Alla Vodka on a wooden table.
Steak & Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This dish is a twist on the classic pasta salad but with the added heartiness of steak. Tender pieces of steak are combined with your favorite pasta, vegetables, and a tangy dressing for a complete and satisfying meal.
Get the Recipe: Steak & Pasta Salad

Diner Style Salisbury Steak

A plate of Salisbury steak with gravy on mashed potatoes, and a side of peas on a white square dish.
Diner Style Salisbury Steak. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Salisbury steak is a diner favorite, and this recipe makes it easy to recreate at home. Ground beef is seasoned and pan-fried to perfection, then smothered in a rich brown gravy for a comforting and nostalgic dinner.
Get the Recipe: Diner Style Salisbury Steak

Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter

A grilled steak with cowboy butter on a white plate.
Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter. Photo credit: Grill What You Love.

Fire up the grill for these juicy steaks, then add a simple but flavorful compound butter for an impressive weeknight meal. The creamy herb butter complements the grilled steak perfectly.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter

Pizza Pasta Salad

A platter of pizza pasta salad served on a white rectangular dish.
Pizza Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This recipe combines the classic flavors of pizza with the ease of a pasta salad. Slices of pepperoni, melty cheese, and your favorite chopped vegetables are tossed with cooked pasta in a simple Italian dressing for a fun and flavorful weeknight dinner.
Get the Recipe: Pizza Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Shrimp

A slice of beefy John Wayne casserole on a plate.
Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Shrimp. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

This light and flavorful salad is packed with protein and perfect for a satisfying lunch or a refreshing side dish. Shrimp, orzo pasta, and a vibrant Mediterranean dressing come together for a taste of the Mediterranean.
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Shrimp

Leftover Steak Soft Tacos

Top-down shot of two Leftover Steak Soft Tacos on a slate board.
Leftover Steak Soft Tacos. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Don’t let leftover steak go to waste! This recipe transforms leftover steak into delicious and flavorful tacos. Thinly sliced steak is served on warm tortillas with your favorite taco toppings for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Leftover Steak Soft Tacos

Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp

A plate of Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp served on a white rectangular dish.
Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This copycat recipe allows you to enjoy the sweet and savory flavors of Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp in the comfort of your own home. Crispy shrimp are coated in a sweet and tangy sauce with crunchy walnuts for a delicious and satisfying meal.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp

Brisket Fried Rice

A plate of cottage cheese toast with blueberries, next to a honey dipper.
Brisket Fried Rice. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Fried rice is a classic way to use up leftover cooked rice, and this recipe takes it up a notch. Tender pieces of brisket are stir-fried with rice, vegetables, and a flavorful sauce for a hearty and comforting weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Brisket Fried Rice

Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

A bowl of Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots in a bowl.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Craving those perfectly seasoned baby carrots from Cracker Barrel? This copycat recipe makes it easy to enjoy them at home. Sweet and savory flavors come together for a delicious and addictive side dish.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

Copycat Carrabba’s Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Chicken Soup

Two bowls of Copycat Carrabba's Mama Mandola's Sicilian Chicken Soup, accompanied by two spoons, a black pepper grinder, and a napkin.
Copycat Carrabba’s Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Chicken Soup. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This hearty soup is packed with flavor and perfect for a cozy weeknight meal. Chicken, vegetables, and a rich and creamy broth come together for a taste of Carrabba’s in your own kitchen.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Carrabba’s Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Chicken Soup

Roast Pork with Apples

A plate of Pork Roast with Apples on a table.
Roast Pork with Apples. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

This recipe is a delicious and easy way to enjoy roast pork. Tender pork is roasted with apples for a flavorful and comforting dinner. The sweetness of the apples perfectly complements the savory pork.
Get the Recipe: Roast Pork with Apples

Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe

Shrimp skewers on a white plate with lemon wedges.
Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe. Photo credit: Grill What You Love.

This skillet dish is packed with flavor and comes together in under 30 minutes. Pillowy gnocchi are sauteed with sausage, broccoli rabe, and seasoned to perfection for a quick and satisfying weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce in a black skillet.
Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This copycat recipe allows you to enjoy the creamy Alfredo sauce from Olive Garden in the comfort of your own home. Made with simple ingredients, this flavorful sauce is perfect for tossing with your favorite pasta for a decadent weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Pasta with Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

A bowl of olive garden creamy shrimp alfredo pasta served in a black bowl with a spoon.
Pasta with Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Skip the chopping and enjoy the fresh flavors of summer with this quick and easy pasta dish. Cherry tomatoes are simply sauteed with garlic and herbs, then tossed with cooked pasta for a light and refreshing weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Pasta with Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

Chicken Tinga

A plate of Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp served on a white rectangular dish.
Chicken Tinga. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This flavorful chicken dish is perfect for tacos, burritos, or enjoying on its own. Shredded chicken is simmered in a rich and smoky chipotle sauce for a taste of Mexico at home.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Tinga

Cucumber Salad with Feta

Cucumber and Feta salad in a black bowl.
Cucumber Salad with Feta. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This refreshing salad is a perfect accompaniment to any grilled dish. Cool and crisp cucumbers are combined with crumbles of feta cheese and a simple vinaigrette for a light and flavorful side dish.
Get the Recipe: Cucumber Salad with Feta

Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich

A bowl of Mediterranean orzo salad on a black plate.
Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

This is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy a classic Caprese salad. Grilled chicken is layered with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil for a light and satisfying lunch or weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich

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