3 No-Cook Meals For When You’re Too Tired to Cook

Apple Pie Overnight Oats Recipe Elizabeth Ryder

The holiday season is full of many amazing things. Have a great time with your loved ones, twinkling lights all around, and lots of great food.

The cool thing is, as it is this time of year, it can also be pretty draining.

If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do after weeks of constant cooking and baking is more cooking.

This is where the beauty of a no-cook meal comes in.

No-cook meals are exactly what they sound like – meals that require absolutely no cooking.

This means not turning on the stove, not lighting the grill, and definitely not standing in the kitchen for an hour.

Looks great, doesn’t it?

Fortunately for all of us, uncooked meals can still be incredibly delicious, as long as you have the right recipes in check.

After Christmas casseroles, bread, and cookies galore, nothing seems more appetizing to me than light, refreshing (but still delicious) snacks to make me feel good again.

Not to mention, this girl is pretty tired after hosting the holidays and cooking for a crazy number of hours over the past month.

I’ve rounded up the season’s 3 best no-cook meals so you can feed your body with all the nutrients it craves and the delicious flavors your brain craves.

Oh, and did I mention that all of these no-cook meals can be prepared in less than 15 minutes?

Without further ado, let’s dive into my favorite no-cook meals for when you’re too tired to cook!

Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe -1

Overnight healthy oats recipe

Preparation time: 5 minutes
serves 2

If you haven’t already tried overnight oats, this post-holiday season is the perfect time to start. I can’t tell you how many times this dish has saved me when I was too tired to cook breakfast.

Made with simply oats, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, chia seeds, and any fruit on hand, this healthy nighttime oatmeal recipe comes together on its own.

All you have to do is put your ingredients in jars, put them in the fridge, and then enjoy them all week long for a quick and easy breakfast.

This no-cook meal is beyond delicious and versatile, so you can adapt the recipe based on what you already have at home.

Homemade avocado ranch roll

Preparation time: 10 minutes
serves 1

Now, let’s move on to some no-cook meals to enjoy at lunch. Avocado rolls with homemade ranch are my lifesaver.

It’s made with fresh avocado, leafy greens, baby greens, sunflower seeds, and homemade ranch dressing, all folded into a tortilla.

The combination of heart-healthy fats, nutrients, and delicious flavors makes me amazed inside and out.

Whether you’re looking for a lunch you can make on your way out or a quick and easy dinner, these delicious rolls won’t disappoint.

You don’t have to make a home ranch to go with it, but I highly recommend doing it – they’re to die for and keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Best tuna and lettuce wraps

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves 6-8

Are you looking for something low carb? You already know I got you covered.

This tuna and lettuce wrap is truly one of the best no-cook meals ever.

Creamy, crunchy, refreshing tuna salad in every way.

Once you put that together, all you have to do is add your favorite toppings (I go for the avocado and tomato) and load it all into a lettuce wrap.

Perfect for any lunch or dinner, I love pairing these rolls with some french fries or roasted veggies.

I hope you try these delicious no-cook meals and love them as much as I do!

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