If you’ve started to feel a bit sick of cooking lately, you are not alone. No matter how much you love cooking or how good you are at it, it’s easy to burn out on anything without an occasional break. Even Ina Garten recently admitted on Instagram that she’s been feeling “a little sick of cooking” lately. And if Ina Garten can get burned out on cooking, it can happen to anyone.
I’ve been cooking a lot more than usual over the past few months. Cooking gives me a welcome break from all the other things I have to take care of during the day, but at this point, I could really use a break from cooking, too. But cooking isn’t like laundry — you can’t just let it pile up a day longer than usual because you don’t feel like doing it. People still have to eat, which means meals must get made. They don’t have to be difficult, though.
When you’re feeling like you’ve hit the wall in the kitchen, an easy, quick dinner recipe is the key to getting dinner on the table. A good one will get everyone fed in under half an hour, and be delicious and satisfying enough to remind you of why you liked cooking in the first place. That’s why we asked the Kitchn Collective for their favorite recipes to make when they’re feeling a little burned out from cooking. Here’s what they recommend.
“This recipe comes together in a jiffy, especially when you don’t have the time or even want to make the time to cook. You spend less time in the kitchen and it tastes like it came out of a restaurant. Win! Win!” — Jocelyn Delk Adams from Grandbaby Cakes
Credit: Easy Chicken Recipes
2. Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breast
“This stuffed chicken recipe only has three ingredients (plus salt and pepper), making it quite possibly our most loved easy recipe. It’s bursting with flavor and made in under 30 minutes!” — Becky Hardin from The Cookie Rookie
Credit: Yummy Toddler Food
“My kids love breakfast for dinner, so it’s my default when I’ve hit a wall in the kitchen. These veggie pancakes are easy to make with a bag of frozen vegetables, are easy to dip in a range of sauces, and are so darn good with a fried egg on top!” — Amy Palanjian from Yummy Toddler Food
4. Summer Pasta with Corn
“This recipe is so easy to make and comes together very quickly. The best part is that you can use in-season summer produce! I’ve also made this using scrap or leftover vegetables that I have sitting around. This doesn’t have to be pretty; you literally just throw everything in a pot and you can also use defrosted frozen corn if you don’t have fresh corn.” — Alice Choi from Hip Foodie Mom
What recipes do you make when you’re feeling a little burned out in the kitchen?