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

Apple Pie Overnight Oats Recipe Elizabeth Rider

The holiday season is filled with many amazing things. Quality time with loved ones, twinkly lights everywhere, and SO much incredible food.

The thing is, as wonderful as this time of year is, it can also be wildly draining.

If you’re anything like me, then the last thing you want to do after weeks of non-stop cooking and baking is more cooking.

That’s where the beauty of the no-cook meal comes in.

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

That means no turning on the stove, no firing up the grill, and definitely no standing in the kitchen for an hour.

Sounds pretty amazing, right?

Luckily for us all, no-cook meals can still be incredibly delicious, as long as you have the right recipes in tow.

After casseroles, bread, and Christmas cookies galore, nothing sounds more appetizing to me than light and refreshing (yet still tasty) meals to get me feeling whole again.

Not to mention, this girl is beyond tired after hosting holiday feasts and cooking for an insane number of hours over the past month.

I’ve rounded up my top 3 no-cook meals of the season so you can feed your body all the nutrients it craves and the drool-worthy flavors your brain craves.

Oh, and did I mention all of these no-cook meals can be made in under 15 minutes?

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

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Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves 2

If you haven’t already tried overnight oats, then 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’ve been too tired to cook breakfast.

Made simply with oats, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, chia seeds, and any fruit you have on hand, this Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe comes together all on its own.

All you have to do is toss your ingredients into jars, pop them into the fridge, then enjoy them throughout the week for a quick and easy breakfast.

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

Avocado Wraps with Homemade Ranch

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves 1

Now, let’s move over to some no-cook meals to enjoy for lunch. Avocado Wraps with Homemade Ranch are my saving grace.

They’re made with fresh avocado, leafy greens, microgreens, sunflower seeds, and homemade ranch dressing, all tucked into a tortilla.

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

Whether you’re looking for a lunch you can make on your way out the door or a quick and easy dinner, these tasty wraps will not disappoint.

You don’t have to make the homemade ranch to go along with it, but I highly recommend doing so—it’s to die for and lasts in the fridge for up to a week.

Best Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves 6-8

Looking for something on the low-carb side? You already know I’ve got you covered.

These Tuna Lettuce Wraps are truly one of the best no-cook meals ever.

The tuna salad is creamy, crunchy, and tangy in all the best ways.

Once you’ve tossed that together, all you have to do is add your favorite toppings (I go for avocado and tomatoes) and load it all up into romaine lettuce wraps.

Perfect for any lunch or dinner, I love pairing these wraps with some sweet potato 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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