Three Ridiculously Easy Vegetarian Recipes for the Truly Lazy Cook

I don’t enjoy cooking. I mean, I really don’t enjoy cooking. That’s how you know these recipes are truly very easy. They take awhile in the oven — that’s the only thing to keep in mind; otherwise you’ll end up with hangry kids on your hands. But they’re a snap to throw together and two of them are kid-pleasers containing cheese, pasta, and fresh veggies (the third is a chewy dessert treat — not healthy, but delicious). They also produce large quantities of food, so they work well for a potluck, Meal Train, bake sale, or your own family dinner.

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Three-Cheese Spinach Lasagna

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Serves: 8


  • 1 package oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 12-16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 2 packages sliced mozzarella
  • 1 bag fresh spinach
  • 1 egg
  • shredded parmesan cheese to taste
  • dried parsley to taste


Mix the cottage cheese, egg, parsley, and parmesan in a bowl.

In a 9×13 pan, lay down a layer of noodles. Pour 1/4 or so of the jar of spaghetti sauce on top of the noodles and spread it around with the back of a spoon to cover the noodles. Lay down a layer of spinach over that. Then dump 1/3 or so of the cottage cheese mixture atop that and spread it out with a spoon. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Then add a layer of the mozzarella cheese slices. Repeat layers until you run out of cottage cheese mixture. Lay down a layer of mozzarella cheese slices on top.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes covered and 5-10 minutes uncovered until the cheese on top is lightly browned, bubbly, and melted.

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Cheesy Tomato-Tortellini Soup in the Crockpot

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Serves: 12


  • 1 bag frozen tortellini
  • 1 bag fresh spinach
  • 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, or fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1 box or 3 cans vegetable broth, or homemade soup stock
  • 1 block cream cheese


Put all ingredients in a Crockpot on low for 5 hours. Add frozen tortellini about 7 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

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Gooey Oatmeal Chip Dessert Bars

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 12


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips


Mix all ingredients in a bowl and press into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

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Anne is a kinda crunchy, kinda unapologetically corner-cutting mom who has lived in Iowa City since 2004. She is a graduate student in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa and works in the Children's Services department at the Iowa City Public Library. Before going back to school, she was a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters for several years, and took her children to the library multiple times a week. Basically, she has lived at the library for about a decade. Which is fine, because her biggest passion in life is books. When not reading, Anne also enjoys hiking, low-budget road-tripping, and drinking craft beer on a patio.


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