Life can be hectic, and you can only find a few minutes in the day for even the simplest things. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on trying new recipes! Check out these easy, no-cook recipes that are quick to make.

Pasta with Spicy Tomato Sauce

This dish is so easy! Pour some spaghetti sauce into a pot, and let it simmer on the stove while you cook your pasta according to the package directions. Toss the cooked pasta with sauce and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve while hot! (Prep time: 7 minutes)

Green Beans with Garlic and Cilantro

Start by preheating the broiler. Toss a bunch of trimmed green beans in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and place them on a baking sheet. Broil for 5 minutes, then toss with chopped garlic and cilantro. Broil for 3 minutes longer. Serve hot! (Prep time: 10 minutes)

Pears with Blue Cheese

Peel an Asian pear, cut it in half lengthwise, remove the core, then slice both halves into thin strips. Place the strips in a bowl; add a couple of tablespoons of crumbled blue cheese dressing; toss to coat well, and set aside for 3 minutes to marinate. Serve at room temperature. (Prep time: 5 minutes)

Strawberry Salad

Wash and hull some strawberries and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of lemon juice; toss to coat; then add half a cup of cored, sliced apples; a few tablespoons of chopped walnuts; some mint leaves; and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Toss gently, then serve while the apples are still crisp! (Prep time: 10 minutes)

Spicy Noodles with Tofu

Combine a teaspoon of Sriracha sauce, soy sauce, fresh lime juice, and minced garlic in a bowl. Cut extra-firm tofu into bite-sized cubes and toss with the sauce. Pour some spaghetti sauce into a pot, bring it to a simmer, add cubed tofu and let it cook for 5 minutes. Add spaghetti noodles to the simmering tomato sauce, then cook according to package directions. Divide the cooked noodles between two bowls, top with tofu, and serve while hot! (Prep time: 10 minutes)

The above easy, no-cook recipes are effortless to make and so incredibly delicious. They’re perfect for a busy family that’s short on time and can’t afford to waste money on expensive takeout.

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