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8 Dinners for When Cooking Just Isn’t Gonna Happen

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There are days where I get home, collapse on my couch, and moving seems impossible. I don’t want to touch a stove or oven, and even something as simple as scrambled eggs or pesto pasta feels out of reach. It’s a time for salads and sandwiches.

I’m not entirely sure if making a salad or sandwich constitutes cooking—okay, components of it can—but I’m certain they’re more satisfying than a bowl of cereal. From slice-and-serve caprese to dressed-up cans of chickpeas, there are dinners that don’t require that whole cooking thing. Here, I’ve collected eight of my favorites. After my night off, I’ll be ready to cook again.

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Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich
Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich

This amped-up avocado toast has it all: crunchy cucumbers and tomatillo slices, creamy rounds of fresh mozzarella, and fluffy tufts of sprouts. You don’t have to Instagram it...but it is practically begging for a close-up.

Caprese Salad
Caprese Salad

You might want to wait until we hit prime tomato season, but this Italian classic should definitely be in your I’m-not-cooking weeknight rotation.

Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad
Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad

Pick up a rotisserie chicken on your way home and you’ve got the beginnings of a creamy, green-y chicken salad. You can sandwich it between slices of toast, or just eat it straight out of the bowl, like I do.

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Green Peach & Blue Cheese Toast
Green Peach & Blue Cheese Toast

Finally, a recipe that rewards impatience. Unripe peaches get a cayenne kick before piling onto blue cheesy toast. Dinner is served.

Back-Pocket Canned Salad
Back-Pocket Canned Salad

The best part of this dish is that it comes together in minutes. The second best part? Its punchy flavor.

Asian Asparagus Slaw
Asian Asparagus Slaw

Pile this bold, beautiful slaw on your plate. Cold soba or leftover steak are more than welcome to join the party.

Curried Chickpea Sandwich
Curried Chickpea Sandwich

Mash up canned chickpeas with mayo and a punch of curry and turmeric for a tasty dinner tonight and a wallet-friendly lunch tomorrow.

The Genius Super-Salad
The Genius Super-Salad

All of the super-smart salad tricks Genius creator Kristen Miglore’s learned in one recipe. My favorite ingredient is the crispy, crunchy raw(!) beets.

What do you eat when you don’t feel like cooking? Are you a cereal-for-dinner fan?

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Tags: No-Cook, Dinner, Faster