11/07/2015 06:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

7 Easy Dinners For People Who 'Don't Cook'

You can be a complete stranger to the kitchen and still pull off an amazing meal. Here are seven foolproof recipes that will wow your entire family.

1. Crispy Tandoori Chicken with Mango Chutney


Chicken tandoori is easy to make, and this is my favorite version: the chicken is deliciously spiced with super-crispy skin, and the mango chutney (store bought!) served alongside adds fruity, tangy flavor. The chicken is best marinated overnight but if you're in a time crunch, a few hours will do just fine. GET THE RECIPE

2. Ginger, Garlic & Chili Shrimp


In this quick and easy recipe -- adapted from The Splendid Table's How To Eat Supper by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift -- jumbo shrimp are bathed in a sweet, salty and spicy brine, and then sautéed with loads of fresh ginger and garlic. Kids love it! GET THE RECIPE

3. Beef with Broccoli


No wok needed for this for this easy "takeout" dish of tender steak and crisp broccoli florets in a rich ginger and garlic sauce. GET THE RECIPE

4. Easy Chicken Curry


Here's a dish the whole family will love: thinly sliced chicken breasts are quickly sautéed with curry powder, and then simmered in an aromatic curry sauce thickened with Greek yogurt. Green peas and fresh cilantro add a vibrant, fresh touch. GET THE RECIPE

5. Blackened Tilapia


In this easy fish recipe, mild tilapia fillets are dusted with a bold Cajun spice rub, and then sautéed in olive oil until crisp on the exterior and tender and flaky within. GET THE RECIPE

6. Chicken Meatballs with Tomato-Balsamic Glaze


These easy glazed meatballs are made with ground chicken, which is a great alternative to ground beef and so much more flavorful than ground turkey. Serve them with buttered noodles and a vegetable for a family-friendly meal. GET THE RECIPE

7. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups


Boldly flavored, these Thai-style lettuce cups will touch all your taste sensations. The best part? They're a cinch to make. GET THE RECIPE