I'm A New Mom With A Limited Attention Span For Cooking, And These Are The 15 Dinners I've Been Making On Repeat

Hi, I'm Hannah, and I love to cook. I have always cooked most nights of the week because I really enjoy it. In fact, as weird as it may sound, laboring over a time-intensive recipe in the kitchen was always one way I liked to unwind after a busy day.

Grilled fish beside a salad and drinks on a dining table
Hannah Loewentheil

But since having a baby eight months ago — my first — I've noticed that my cooking style has changed pretty drastically. For the first two months or so, bedtime lasted anywhere from 30 minutes to 400 hours, and dinner for me looked a lot like the photo below. Now that I've gotten into the swing of motherhood, I'm finally back to cooking. That said, I've been relying on easier, less time-consuming meals that I can get on the table quickly, with minimal cleanup. So here are some of the go-to meals I've been making on repeat as a new mom.

Adult holding a sleeping baby in a carrier beside a bowl of cereal with fruit

Some of the following meals are "no-recipe recipes" that you can get creative with, but I've included links to similar recipes for those who prefer to follow a road map.

Hannah Loewentheil

1.Spaghetti Squash (Featuring Whatever's in the Fridge)

A plate of spaghetti with broccoli, garnished with basil and Parmesan, on a marble surface

2.Korean Bibimbap-Inspired Bowls

Two bowls of salad with assorted toppings including shrimp, beef, mushrooms, and a poached egg

3.Chicken Tortellini Soup

Pot of homemade chicken noodle soup with vegetables and tortellini on the stove

4.Everything Bagel and Lox Cottage Cheese Bowls

A person holding a plate with a Mediterranean salad topped with pita, olives, and feta

5.Cacio e Pepe Ravioli

Plate of ravioli with Brussels sprouts and pancetta topping

6.Veggie Fried Rice With Fried Egg

Bowls of fried rice topped with fried egg

7.Grilled Jumbo Prawns

Person holding a plate of grilled prawns

8.Turkey Larb

Lettuce wraps filled with meat and vegetables, side of noodles and spinach

9.Baked Branzino and Greek Salad

Plate with fish and Greek salad with feta cheese, olives, cucumber, onion, and bell peppers

10.Veggie-Packed Mac 'N' Cheese (From a Box, of Course)

A bowl of mac 'n' cheese with broccoli and tomatoes on a marble surface

11.Warm Salmon Niçoise Salad

Oval platter of food with salmon, green beans, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and boiled eggs

12.Baked Eggplant Parmesan

A freshly baked lasagna with melted cheese and basil leaves in a white baking dish

13.Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

Plate with two meatballs in sauce, a side of spinach, and a piece of flatbread

14.Coconut Shrimp Taco Bowls

A plate with salad, avocado, lime wedges, shrimp, and tortilla chips on a table

15.Shrimp Scampi and Orzo

Plate of shrimp orzo with broccoli served on a table

What are your favorite no-fuss recipes that you make often? Tell us in the comments below or drop them into this anonymous Google form.