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Easy Dinner Recipes to Make on Lazy Nights

After a long day of work, the motivation to cook can be low. Takeout and frozen meals seem much more manageable. Sometimes, a delivery pizza is the only thing that will do, but for the other times when you want to save on cents and calories but still don’t want to serve up an elaborate meal, lazy dinners are for you. We’re highlighting seven easy dinner recipes that yield delicious and nutritious dinners — and they’ll take you 30 minutes or less to make. These recipes have short ingredient lists, and their prep time is minimal. Even so, the dinners they yield are healthier than those you would consume if you ordered out, and they’re much cheaper, too.

1. 15-Minute Spaghetti

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If you have 15 minutes to spare, you have time for this spaghetti. Southern Living has a spaghetti recipe that is made in one pot and is full of ground beef and fresh tomato flavor. As long as you know how to boil water and can throw beef in a skillet, you can make this 15-minute spaghetti. It’s a foolproof and delicious way to avoid calling for takeout.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 (7-ounce) package spaghetti, uncooked
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh Italian parsley sprigs, for garnish

Head to MyRecipes for the full recipe from Southern Living. 

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