10 Quick And Easy No-Cook Dinner Ideas You Can Try Right Now July 28, 2015

Are you looking for ways to make delicious, healthy meals without actually cooking? You will be glad to know that there are plenty of awesome recipes that do not require you to cook. There is nothing that one dreads more than having to cook dinner after a long day at the office or just an overall exhausting day doing chores around the house. It is at these times you wish you had some great no-cook dinner ideas.

And now you can get these ideas – simple and quick dinner recipes with absolutely no cooking at all, right in this post. Keep reading!

1. Yummy Shrimp Rolls:


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When you want a quick yet fulfilling meal, there is nothing better than a sandwich. With this recipe, all you need is:

  • Pre-cooked, deveined shrimp – 1lb
  • Mayonnaise – 3 tablespoons
  • Whole-grain mustard – 1 tablespoon
  • Fresh tarragon (chopped) – 2 teaspoons
  • Romaine or green-leaf lettuce – 4 pieces
  • Cornichons (chopped) – ¼ cup
  • Black pepper
  • Hot dog buns – 4
  • Potato chips (optional)

To Make The Sandwich:

  1. Whisk the mayonnaise, brine, mustard and ¼ teaspoon of pepper together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the shrimp, tarragon and cornichons and toss.
  3. Line the hot dog buns with the lettuce and top it off with the shrimp mix.
  4. Serve with potato chips if you wish.

2. BBQ Chicken And Pickled Cucumber Sandwiches:


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This is a super-quick dinner idea that everyone will love. It is meaty, tangy and absolutely satisfying. You will need:

  • Rotisserie chicken – 1
  • Small cucumber (seedless) – 1
  • Small white onion – ¼ cup
  • Rice wine vinegar – ¼ cup
  • Barbeque sauce – ½ cup
  • Kosher salt
  • Bread – 8 slices
  • Potato chips

To Make The Sandwich:

  1. Toss the cucumber, onion, ¼ teaspoon salt and vinegar together in a medium-sized bowl. Let it sit for 15 minutes; keep tossing occasionally.
  2. Separate the meat and discard the skin and bones. Cut into thick pieces.
  3. Spread the sauce in between the hot dog buns and top with the chicken and cucumber mix.
  4. Serve with potato chips.

3. Walnut And Apple Salad:


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This is a healthy and delicious no-cook dinner recipe that will definitely become one of your favorites. All you need is:

  • Chopped walnuts – 3/4 cup
  • Green apple (cubed) – 1
  • Extra virgin olive oil – ¼ cup
  • Fresh lemon juice – 3 tablespoons
  • Spicy brown mustard – 1 tablespoon
  • Cider vinegar – 2 tablespoons
  • Mixed salad greens – 1 bag
  • Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded) – ½ cup
  • Salt and pepper

To Make The Salad:

  1. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a container with a lid. Shake until all the ingredients blend well.
  2. Toss the apple, cheese and walnut with the salad greens in a bowl. Drizzle the dressing and toss again to combine.

4. Chicken Salad In Lettuce Cups:


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If you want to make something that looks fancy but is oh-so-simple, this is the recipe. All you need is:

  • Rotisserie chicken – 1
  • Carrots (medium) – 2
  • Water chestnuts (sliced) – 1 can
  • Scallions – 6
  • Plain Greek yogurt – ¼ cup
  • Lettuce – 1 head
  • Asian sesame salad dressing – ¼ cup

To Make This Delicious Salad:

  1. Pull the meat off the bones and discard the skin too. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl with carrots, scallions, and water chestnut.
  2. Take a small bowl and whisk yogurt and the dressing together. Toss with the chicken mix.
  3. Spoon into the lettuce cups and serve with pepper flakes sprinkled on top.

5. Lime And Sesame Chicken Salad:


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This is another chicken salad recipe that is great when you do not feel like cooking. All you need is:

  • Shredded chicken – 4 cups
  • Crispy Chinese noodles – 1 cup
  • Canola oil – ¼ cup
  • Toasted sesame oil – ½ teaspoon
  • Romaine lettuce – 1 head (tear into bite-sized pieces)
  • Toasted sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Fresh lime juice – 3 tablespoons
  • Sugar – ½ teaspoon
  • Carrots (grated) – 2
  • Fresh cilantro leaves – ¼ cup
  • Red chili pepper (sliced) – 1
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

To Make The Salad:

  1. Whisk the canola oil, sesame oil, lime juice, ¾ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, chili, and sugar together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chicken, lettuce and carrots and toss.
  3. Serve with the noodles, sesame seeds and cilantro sprinkled on top.

6. Avocado And Cucumber Soup With Prosciutto:


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This is a wonderful soup for those warm summer nights. Quick and easy to make, it is just what you need after a long day. All you need is:

  • Avocado (pitted and peeled) – 1
  • English cucumber (peeled and chopped) – 2
  • Plain Greek yogurt (low-fat) – ½ cup
  • Fresh tarragon leaves – 2 tablespoons (put a little extra for garnish)
  • Fresh lemon juice – 3 tablespoons
  • Grated lemon zest – 1 teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter – 2 tablespoons
  • Prosciutto (thinly sliced) – 4 ounces
  • Whole-wheat bread (toasted) – 4 slices

To Make This Satisfying Soup:

  1. Puree the avocado, cucumbers, yogurt, lemon juice and zest, tarragon, 1 ½ cups of water, ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper in a blender until you get a smooth consistency. Chill in the fridge (optional).
  2. Put butter on the soup and top with the prosciutto.
  3. Sprinkle the extra tarragon on the soup and serve.

7. Mediterranean Shrimp Salad:


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This is a lip-smacking salad that is simple to make. Another dinner idea that does not require any cooking! All you need is:

  • Shrimp (pre-cooked, peeled and deveined) – 1 ½ pounds
  • Radishes (thinly sliced) – 1 bunch
  • Green bell peppers (thinly sliced) – 2
  • Fresh lemon juice – ¼ cup
  • Fresh basil (torn) – 1/3 cup
  • Black olives (pitted) – 3 ounces
  • Sliced Feta cheese – 3 ounces
  • Olive oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Pita chips – 1 5-ounce bag (you can also use cracker bread)

To Make This Awesome Salad:

  1. Combine the shrimp, oil, lemon juice, basil and ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large bowl and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, allowing all the flavors to blend properly.
  2. Stir in the Feta, olives, bell peppers and radishes.
  3. Serve with pita chips, drizzling the remaining liquid on top.

8. Avocado And Smashed White Bean Sandwich:


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This no-cook dinner idea is easy and does not take much time to make, so it is definitely a winner! All you need is:

  • Avocado (pitted and thinly sliced) – 2
  • White beans (rinsed and drained) – 2 15-ounce cans
  • Small red onion (thinly sliced) – 2
  • Cucumber (thinly sliced) – 1
  • Sprouts (such as broccoli, radish, alfalfa or a combination of all) – One 4 or 5-ounce container
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Black pepper – ¼ teaspoon
  • Multigrain bread – 12 slices

To Make This Awesome Sandwich:

  1. Combine beans, salt, pepper and oil in a large bowl. Mash the mixture roughly.
  2. Place 8 slices of the bread and spread the bean mixture evenly on the top. Top with the avocado, cucumber, onions and sprouts.
  3. Make 4 double-decker sandwiches and top with the remaining 4 slices.
  4. If you wish, slice each sandwich in half, and serve.

9. Thai Beef Salad:


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Yes, you can enjoy a no-cook protein dinner with deli-sliced roast beef! It is the easiest way to have a satisfying dinner without cooking. All you need is:

  • Deli-sliced roast beef – 8 oz.
  • Romaine salad mix – 1 bag
  • Cucumber (seedless) – 1
  • Fresh cilantro (or mint) – 1 cup
  • Red onion – half
  • Low-sodium fish sauce – 3 tablespoons
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Limes – 2

To Make This Delicious Salad:

  1. From the limes, squeeze 3 tablespoons of juice and grate 1 teaspoon of the peel.
  2. Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by combining the fish sauce, lime juice and zest and sugar. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Next take a large bowl and combine the beef, sliced cucumber, lettuce mix, onion and cilantro. Add the dressing and toss.
  4. Divide the salad into plates and serve.

10. Charcuterie Platter:


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This is an elegant yet casual dinner that is perfect for those evenings when you do not feel like cooking. All you need is:

  • Prosciutto (thinly sliced) – 1/3 pounds
  • Soppressata (thinly sliced ) – 1/3 pounds
  • Turkey (thinly sliced) – 1/3 pounds
  • Cornichons or gherkins – 1 cup
  • Marinated artichoke hearts – 1 12-ounce container
  • Green leaf lettuce – 1 small head
  • Cocktail onions (jarred) – ¼ cup
  • Dijon mustard – 4 tablespoons
  • Cheese (Parmesan, Asiago or Provolone) – 6 ounces
  • Baguette (sliced) – 1 (large)

To Make This Beautiful And Scrumptious Platter:

  1. Take a platter and arrange the prosciutto, soppressata, turkey, lettuce, gherkins or cornichons, onions, cheese and mustard.
  2. Serve with the baguette slices and artichoke hearts.

As you can see, with the right ingredients, it is possible to create healthy, delicious and satisfying dinners without any cooking. So the next time you have had a rough day and do not feel like cooking, do not worry as you now have some great no-cook dinner ideas!

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