10 Dinners for Lazy Days That You Should Try

Last Updated on September 4, 2021 by Amanda P. Brown

These days, most people are living a hectic and harried life. We used to put forth a lot of effort every day. Even we can’t think of a day when we will have nothing to do. And that’s the reason why holidays are too lazy to cook food nowadays. But eventually, we have hunger after eating. So, we used to look for simple and hassle-free dinners for lazy days that save time and allow us to go to bed soon.  

10 Best Dinners for Lazy Days

To make your lazy day hassle-free, here are the names of some foods that you can cook easily within a short time. These are:

  1. Pepper Steak
  2. Green Goddess Tortellini
  3. Sausage Spinach and mushroom Rice Bowl
  4. Chicken Parmesan
  5. Sheet Pan Nachos
  6. Vanilla French Toast
  7. Loaded Cheesy Grits
  8. Naan Pizza
  9. Chicken Pesto Pasta
  10. Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet

1. Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak

This colorful dish with some veggies and sauce gives you a chill on a lazy day. You can cook this mouthwatering dish within a few minutes. Yet, you can eat pepper steak with rice at dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Pepper: ¼-teaspoon
  • Beef Round Steak: 1-1/2-pounds (cut it into strips)
  • Sugar: 1-teaspoon
  • Cornstarch: 1-tablespoon
  • Ground Ginger: ¼-teaspoon
  • Soy Sauce: ¼-cup (reduced- sodium)
  • Canola Oil: 1-tablespoon
  • Cooked Rice or Noodles, for Serving
  • Tomatoes: 4 medium (diced or cut into wedges)
  • Onion: 1-cup (chopped)
  • Cold Water: ½-cup
  • Salt: ½-teaspoon
  • Green Pepper: 1 (cut into strips)
  • Garlic: 1 clove (minced)

Instructions:

  • Take a frying pan, put oil on it. Fry the beef steaks on the oil until they turn brown. Add soy sauce, ginger, onion, pepper, sugar, and salt with it. Cook it on a medium-low flame until meat is done properly. 
  • After that, add cold water and cornstarch over it. Cook it until it turns smooth or thickened. Enjoy it with rice or noodles.

Nutrition Facts: (Per Servings)

  • Sodium-639mg
  • Fat-8g
  • Protein-28g
  • Cholesterol-64mg
  • Carbohydrates-11g
  • Calories-232

2. Green Goddess Tortellini

Green Goddess Tortellini

This item is super soft and easy to make. Everyone will love this flavorful and cheesy green goddess tortellini on their dining table at dinner.

Ingredients: 

  • Tortellini: 1-package (cooked)
  • Plain Yogurt: 1/3-cup
  • Basil Pesto: 2-tablespoons (refrigerated)
  • Baby Spinach Leaves: 11/2-cups
  • Shredded Cheese, for Serving
  • Black Pepper: ¼-teaspoon (ground)
  • Basil Leaves: ¼-cup (chopped)
  • Cherry Tomatoes: 1-cup (halved)
  • Mint Leaves: ¼-cup (chopped)
  • Olive Oil: 4-tablespoons (2-4 canned anchovies divided)

Instructions:

  • Make a mixture of yogurt, black pepper, mint, anchovies, and basil with oil in the food processor. 
  • Place the remaining oil in a saucepan, heat it properly. Cook tomatoes on it. Then add mixture and tortellini over it. Sauté it gently for few minutes.
  • Dish out it with some cheese.

3. Sausage Spinach and Mushroom Rice Bowl

Sausage Spinach and Mushroom Rice Bowl

The smoky mushroom and sausage add a heavenly taste to this item. It can be the best one-pot meal at dinner for lazy days.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Bouillon Granules: 1-teaspoon
  • Long-grain Rice: 1 cup (uncooked)
  • Garlic: 3-cloves (minced)
  • Olive Oil: 1-tablespoon
  • White Mushrooms: 2-cups (chopped)
  • Onion: 1 chopped 
  • Chicken Stock: 2 ½ cups
  • Thin-sliced Smoked Sausage: 12 ounces
  • Salt: as needed 
  • Ground Black Pepper: as per taste 
  • Spinach: 8-ounces (chopped)

Instructions:

  • Use a frying pan and heat the oil on medium-high heat.
  • Cook the ingredients onion, smoked sausage, garlic, and mushrooms until it becomes soft.
  • Then add chicken bouillon, spinach, chicken stock, and rice with it. Toss all this together and season with pepper and salt. Cook it or stir it for 20 minutes.
  • It can be served with some cheese on the top.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Protein-1.5g
  • Fat-2.4g
  • Carbohydrates-2.6g
  • Calories-35.0

4. Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

This tiny chicken parmesan will tempt you to eat. Everyone from small to elderly members of your family, especially children, will love to eat this. You can make this item with just a few ingredients within the shortest time at dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Mozzarella Cheese: 4-thin slices
  • Chicken: 1-pound
  • Breadcrumbs: ¼-cup
  • Egg White: 1
  • Pepper: ¼-teaspoon
  • Parmesan Cheese: ¼-cup (grated)
  • Salt: ¼-teaspoon
  • Spaghetti Sauce: 1/3-cup
  • Italian Seasoning: ½-teaspoon
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  • Cut 16 equal pieces of chicken. Make 16 square slices of cheese. Then, make a mixture of pepper, breadcrumbs, salt, and cheese in another pot. First, coat the chicken pieces with the egg white and then dredge the pieces with a prepared breadcrumb mixture.
  • Ready the pan with cooking spray. Cook the chickens on the pan until it becomes brown. You have to flip both sides of the chicken to cook this properly. When the chicken is ready, topped each chicken with sliced cheese and 1-teaspoon of spaghetti sauce.
  • Now it is ready to eat.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Protein-32g
  • Cholesterol-81mg
  • Fiber-3g
  • Sugar-8g
  • Carbohydrates-26g
  • Calories-361

5. Sheet Pan Nachos

Sheet Pan Nachos

Sheet pan nachos are known initially as Mexican dishes. This item is loaded with cheese, meat, sour cream, tomatoes that make this item more delicious. The sheet pan nachos are crunchy and creamy at the same time. 

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla Chips: 12-ounce
  • Ground Beef: 1-pound
  • Cheddar Cheese: 1-cup (shredded)
  • Black Beans: 15-ounce (rinsed and drained)
  • Olive Oil: 1-tablespoon
  • Sour Cream: 2-tablespoons
  • Corn Kernels: 1-cup (roasted or frozen)
  • Monterey Jack Cheese: ½-cup (shredded)
  • Taco Seasoning: 1-package
  • Cilantro Leaves: 2-tablespoons (chopped)
  • Red Onion: ¼-cup (diced)
  • Garlic: 2-cloves (minced)
  • Olive Oil: 1-tablespoon
  • Jalapeno: 1-thinly sliced

Instructions:

  • Prepare a baking sheet with Olive oil and configure the oven at 400 degrees. 
  • Take a pan, heat the oil. Add garlic, beef to the oil. Cook it for 4 minutes. Add seasoning to this and remove the excess fat. 
  • Put the tortilla chips over the ready baking sheet. Make a topping with cheese, beef, corn, and black beans over the chips. Bake it until cheese melts. (Probably will take 5 minutes)
  • Serve it warm with Cilantro, tomato, sour cream, jalapeno, and onion.

Nutrition Facts: (Per Serving)

  • Carbohydrates-44.1g
  • Fats-25.8g
  • Protein-24.3g
  • Cholesterol-58.6mg
  • Calories-493.0

6. Vanilla French Toast

Vanilla French Toast

Vanilla French toast is made with cinnamon and some extract vanilla that make this item more satisfying. It is the easiest French toast that can save your time in your busy schedule or lazy days.

Ingredients:

  • Bread: 7-slices
  • Ground Cinnamon: ¼-teaspoon
  • Sugar: 2-tablespoons
  • Butter: 1-tablespoon
  • Milk: ½-cup
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: 1-tablespoon
  • Eggs: 2

Instructions:

  • Beat eggs with cinnamon, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a bowl.
  • Put butter on the pan and melt it on medium-high heat. Dip both sides of bread carefully into the egg mixture. Fry the bread on the melted butter.
  • When bread becomes brown on both sides, understand your vanilla French toast is ready. 
  • Eat it with maple syrup or spiced syrup.

Nutrition Facts: (Per 2 Slices)

  • Protein-10g
  • Cholesterol-127mg
  • Sodium-376mg
  • Fat-6g
  • Carbohydrates-30g
  • Calories-218

7. Loaded Cheesy Grits

Loaded Cheesy Grits

You will be stunned to discover that these grits are made with corn instead of wheat. These amazing cheesy grits can be an item at dinners for lazy days. People are also used to eat it in the morning at breakfast.

Ingredients: 

  • Salted Butter: 4-tablespoons (cubed)
  • Water: 6-cups
  • Kosher Salt: as needed
  • Cheddar Cheese: 1-cup (shredded)
  • Pint: 1 (half and a half)
  • Cooking Grits: 2-cups
  • Green Onions: ½-cup (chopped)
  • Ground Pepper: ¼-teaspoon
  • Real Bacon: 1-cup (you can also use cooked bacon) 

Instructions:

  • Take a large pot on a stove with pepper, water, salt, and pit half and half. Boil it to remove the cream for scorching.
  • Add grits to it and whisk it properly. Cook it for 8 minutes in low heat and whisk it continuously.
  • Put off the heat now and add cheese. Mix cheese with it, then adds butter. Whip it gently and add green onions and bacon with it. 
  • Serve it in a crockpot or cup.

Nutrition Facts: (Per cup)

  • Cholesterol-116mg
  • Protein-18g
  • Carbohydrates-19g
  • Fat-28g
  • Sodium-83mg
  • Calories-399 total

8. Naan Pizza

Naan Pizza

You may probably be thinking about how pizza can be an easy dish for dinner on lazy days. But we listed it here because you can make this crust and crispy Naan pizza within 10- 15 minutes. So, it is an ideal food item to include in your family dinner ideas.

Ingredients:

  • Mozzarella Cheese: 8-slices
  • Naan Bread: 2
  • Tomato: 1 (thinly sliced)
  • Green Onion: 1 (sliced)
  • Parmesan Cheese: 2-tablespoons (grated)
  • Garlic: 1- clove (chopped)
  • Basil Leaves: 6 (chopped)
  • Olive Oil: as needed
  • Ground Pepper: as needed
  • Salt: as needed
  • Prosciutto: 1-slice

Instructions:

  • Arrange a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). 
  • Use olive oil to brush each Naan. Put the Naan into the baking sheet. Then, make a topping with mozzarella cheese, green onion, tomato slices, and garlic. Sprinkle pepper and salt over it.
  • Again make a layer with parmesan cheese, basil, and prosciutto.
  • Using the preheated oven, begin baking the pizza. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until the crust gets browned and the cheese melts. 
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts: (Per Serving)

  • Protein-41.1g
  • Cholesterol-92.4mg
  • Fat-29.4g
  • Sodium-1222.3mg
  • Carbohydrates-41.1g
  • Calories-626

9. Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

In summer’s laziness, you can make this chicken pesto pasta to please everybody. 

Our young generation will love this juicy, cheesy pasta coated with the sauce, making it more delicious. It is a quick pasta item that you can try at dinners for lazy days.

Ingredients:

  • Parmesan Cheese: ¼-cup (grated)
  • Chicken: 1-lb (bite-sized pieces and boneless)
  • Pasta: 12-ounces
  • Olive Oil: 1-tablespoon
  • Cherry Tomatoes: 1-cup (halved)
  • Garlic: 1 ½-teaspoon (minced)
  • Parsley: 1-tablespoon (chopped)
  • Basil Pesto: 1-cup
  • Seasoning: ¾-teaspoon
  • Pepper and Salt: as needed

Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta by following the instruction of the package with salt and water. 
  • Now take a large skillet, heat oil on it on a medium-high flame. Add chicken, pepper and salt. Fry the chicken until it gets golden (it will probably take 5 minutes). Add garlic with the chicken, cook another 2 minutes. 
  • Add the prepared paste to the chicken pan. Also, add tomatoes and pesto. Mix everything gently. 
  • Serve it warm with parsley and parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts: 

  • Protein-38g
  • Cholesterol-81mg
  • Carbohydrates-59g
  • Fat-18g
  • Calcium-191mg
  • Calories-526

10. Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet

By using few ingredients, you can cook this meal in 20 minutes. This item combines veggies, seasoning, beef, and rice, surely making you crave it. It can also take place in your lazy healthy dinner ideas.

Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef: 1 1/4 -pound
  • Worcestershire: 2-tablespoons
  • Cooked Rice: 4-cups
  • Onion: 1-small (diced)
  • Red and Yellow Bell Peppers: 2 (cut into dice)
  • Cumin Powder: 1-teaspoon
  • Corn: 1-cup (frozen)
  • Chili Powder: 1-tablespoon
  • Parsley and Cilantro (optional for garnish)
  • Pepper, Salt: as per taste
  • Oil: as needed
  • Juice of Two Limes

Instructions:

  • Heat oil on a large skillet over a medium flame. Add ground beef, bell peppers, and onions. Sprinkle some pepper and salt, cook it until the beef is brown.
  • Add corn, chili powder, rice, Worcestershire, and cumin. Cook it for 6 minutes. 
  • Turn off the flame, add lime juice over the rice.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Protein-28g
  • Fat-16g
  • Carbohydrates-113g
  • Calories-731

Some Other Foods for Lazy Day Dinner

Apart from the above, you can also include the following foods in your lazy day dinner list:

  • Oatmeal
  • Swedish Cinnamon
  • Shakshuka
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Feijoada
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Tomato Soup
  • Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Ravioli Lasagna
  • Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Fried Rice
  • Corned Beef
  • Apple Cream Cheese-tart
  • Chicken Curry
  • Spaghetti Squash

What Can I Eat on a Lazy Sunday?

After spending all days of the week with a busy schedule, we became lazy on Sunday. Therefore, we look for simple recipes to cook and feed ourselves. Here, we mentioned few food items that can be the best meal for Sunday. Such as: 

  • Apple and Cream Pancake
  • Chow-mien
  • Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
  • Beef Noodles
  • Roast Chicken
  • Chicken and Cornbread Dumpling
  • Veggie Soup
  • Fruit Salad
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Turkey Tacos

What Is the Fastest Food to Cook?

Corporate women follow a hectic and tight schedule in their life. Therefore, sometimes it becomes difficult for them to manage office work and cooking for their family and children at the same time. In this case, they can maintain both sides by picking some foods recipes that they can cook fast within a possible short time. Such kinds of foods are:   

  • Chicken Hoisin Noodles
  • Bacon Avocado Griddle Pizza
  • Fried Noodles With Mushrooms
  • Basil Tomato Pasta
  • Lemon Butter Shrimp
  • Broccoli Stir Fry
  • Apricot Salsa Quesadillas 

What do people usually do on lazy days? 

Nowadays, most people plan trips or go for an outdoor holiday lunch or dinner on their lazy days. Whereas, some people like to spend the whole day taking rest or watching television. Also, some cooking lovers used to try new recipes to please their family members at dinner. 

Final Verdict

By nature, we want to be a little more relaxed on the holidays or weekends. Therefore, after working all week long, we become lazy on weekends. So, at the weekend, we used to look for such simple and hassle-free food items that we can cook easily within a short time and with great comfort. In this situation, we hope our suggested Dinners for lazy days will be great for you. You can try any of the food items from our suggestion without any dilemma. Indeed, our listed food items are easy to cook, flavorful, and tasty yet.

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