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After a long day of work that started with rushing the kiddos out the door at dawn, the last thing you need to worry about is dinner. Here, 50 easy low maintenance meals...because we care.

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1. Grilled Watermelon Steaks

We’ll never go back to boring old watermelon slices again.

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2. Veggie Niçoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans

Easy-breezy (and so French).

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3. Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio

This elevated skillet dinner is ready in 20 minutes.

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4. Butter-Baked Cucumber Tostadas

Did you know you can roast cucumbers just like chicken? (You can. And it’s glorious.)

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5. Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

A one-pan dinner that looks (and tastes) fancy but is totally foolproof.

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6. Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

No kneading necessary, thanks to store-bought flatbread.

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7. Roasted Delicata Squash Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

A protein-packed dinner that happens to be meat-free.

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8. Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

News flash: Cooking seafood doesn’t have to be tricky and time-consuming.

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9. White Turkey Chili with Avocado

Cooking for a crowd? Spice things up with this white turkey chili with avocado.

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10. Pasta alla Norma with Eggplant, Basil & Pecorino

Four servings for less than $10? Salute!

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11. Poblano and Mushroom Tacos with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Colorful, bursting with flavor and ready in 30 minutes. Practically perfect in every way.

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12. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Got five ingredients, a few pantry staples and 20 minutes? You can make this dish.

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13. Cacio e Pepe

Sometimes simplicity wins.

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14. Eggs Baked in Tomatoes

Featuring two ingredients you already have in the fridge.

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15. One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

Say goodbye to post-dinner cleanup.

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16. Zoodles with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

There’s no need to boil: three minutes in the skillet and they’re done.

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17. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

Make a double batch and stash the leftovers in the freezer.

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18. The Ultimate Quinoa-Avocado Bowl

Psst: Leftovers will make the most non-boring work lunch in history.

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The Full Helping

19. Kabocha & Kale Miso Sesame Soba Salad

Just as healthy as a salad, but the whole family will actually eat it.

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20. Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

Aka how to cook fish with no cleanup (or fishy smell).

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21. Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Tastes like you spent all day making it. Lucky for you, it only takes 30 minutes.

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22. Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

You could order takeout. Or you grab an apron and whip up this quick Thai-inspired dish in half an hour.

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23. Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula

Lose the carbs, keep the flavor.

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A Better Happier St. Sebastian

24. Grilled Lemon + Collard Green Pasta with Mushrooms

Simple, flavorful, comforting.

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25. Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

At less than $5 a serving, the price is pretty right.

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26. Lime Chicken with Corn and Poblano Salad

Some nights, boring old chicken breast is good enough for dinner. Tonight is not one of those nights.

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27. Polenta and Meatballs

Plain spaghetti and meatballs? Yawn.

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Broma Bakery

28. Green Falafel Sandwich Beet Hummus

Your food processor does most of the work. (Save your energy for eating.)

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The Modern Proper

29. Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Curry

It's the perfect fall dish, but we're making this all year long.

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30. Ravioli Lasagna

The quickest, easiest baked pasta ever.

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31. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Just set it and forget it. (But, um, don’t forget to eat it.)

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How Sweet Eats

32. Winter Citrus Butter Salmon

Psst: Blood oranges are the highlight of this dish.

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33. Cheater’s White Wine Coq au Vin

Eat your heart out, Julia Child.

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34. 15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta

Extra-crunchy pine nuts, please.

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35. Lasagna Soup

Our two favorite dinners, together at last.

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36. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Anything but your average seasonal squash soup.

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Inspiralized

37. Tahini Kale Salad with Spiralized Butternut Squash and Feta

So healthy yet so satisfying.

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Salt and Wind

38. Roasted Tomato, Kale and Sausage Soup

Bookmark it for a cold, rainy night.

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39. Easy One-Pan Baked Ziti

Best of all, there’s only one dish to do.

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40. Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Slurping encouraged.

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41. Low-Carb Eggplant Pizza

Ooh, and it’s ready in under an hour.

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42. Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

This shortcut is brilliant.

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43. Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

The perfect Netflix-watching meal.

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44. Thanksgiving in Two Hours

Yep, it’s possible.

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45. Turkey Stromboli

Aka what to do with all those leftovers.

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46. The Ultimate Chicken Potpie

The ultimate cold-weather dish.

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47. Salmon Bowl with Farro and Black Beans

We heart tahini.

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48. Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Mixing veggies in means you can eat twice as much. Win-win.

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49. Butternut Squash Carbonara

The creamiest.

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50. Slow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Let your Crock-Pot do the work.

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