Repeat after us: Cooking AH-mazing-looking food doesn鈥檛 have to be hard. Sure, by the time you鈥檙e an expert, it can be fun to go all-out making DIY sauces and decadent olive oil cake recipes. But if you鈥檙e just getting started, you may be intimidated to attempt the awesome-looking creations you see on your Pinterest feed. Fear no more, cooking newbies鈥 these 15 recipes look complicated AF to make, but they鈥檙e actually easy-peasy. Bonus: We鈥檝e got you covered for everything from brunch with the ladies to dessert with your S.O.

Breakfast

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1. Mini Pancake Bites: What better way to keep weekend brunch colorful than by serving these *adorable* mini pancake bites? They鈥檙e easy to make and fun to decorate, and 鈥 bonus 鈥 they鈥檙e actually healthy and packed with protein. (via Livefit)

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2. Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls: If you love the idea of your house smelling like cinnamon rolls in the morning, you鈥檝e probably always wished you could whip up some like it鈥檚 NBD. This recipe avoids all the complicated steps involved in cinnamon roll prep, leaving you with delicious buns ready in about two hours time. (via Sally鈥檚 Baking Addiction)

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3. 5-Ingredient Quinoa Superfood Bowl: Ditch the processed cereal and whip up this super-simple homemade breakfast bowl in the morning. Pro tip: Cook your quinoa in a meal prep sesh at the beginning of the week, and then store it in the fridge to make weekday mornings simpler. (via Two Raspberries)

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4. Three Ingredient Breakfast Cookies: Making cookies for breakfast might sound time-intensive and complicated, but all you really need are three ingredients. These babies need just rolled oats, bananas and chocolate chips 鈥 that鈥檚 literally it! (via Pint Sized Treasures)

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5. Baked Avocado and Egg: We listed these as a breakfast recipe (because eggs), but they would also work well as a side dish or a snack. They鈥檙e packed with nutrients and healthy fats, so they鈥檙e a simple, tasty and healthy way to start your day. Oh, and they鈥檙e also Paleo- and Whole30-friendly. (via Paleo Hacks)

Lunch

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6. Paleo Turkey Chili: Speaking of Paleo-approved foods, how about this hearty and filling turkey chili? It鈥檚 easy to make (you pretty much just pop it into your slow cooker) and filled with nutritious ingredients like celery, carrots, zucchini, onion, ground turkey and tomatoes. Bonus points for serving it over sweet potato noodles. (via The Clean Eating Couple)

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7. Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing: Light and healthy yet totally flavorful, this delicious salad is perfect for making ahead and then taking to work. You鈥檒l just roast the veggies in your oven, throw them in your food processor, cook the quinoa, then whisk together the ingredients for the homemade honey mustard dressing. (via Fooduzzi)

Dinner

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8. One Pan Healthier Chicken Zucchini Noodle Casserole: This healthy-ish casserole will be a major crowd-pleaser, plus it鈥檚 packed with protein, whole grain carbs and fresh veggies. Bonus points for sprinkling it with fresh herbs (we recommend parsley or rosemary) over top. (via Half Baked Harvest)

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9. Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken: This tasty chicken looks like it鈥檚 been steeped in a marinade for hours (and in fact, it has), but that marinade is made with just *seven* ingredients. It all comes together in your slow cooker WHILE the chicken is cooking. Couldn鈥檛 be easier, could it? (via Diethood)

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10. Slow Cooker Parmesan Herb Chicken Orzo: If the thought of making an herbaceous orzo sounds daunting, forget what you鈥檝e heard about the dish. This version is made in your slow cooker, and it couldn鈥檛 be simpler to prepare. The key is to add the orzo to your slow cooker near the end, giving it about 45 minutes to cook. (via Le Creme de la Crumb)

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11. Paleo Taco Skillet: This easy taco skillet is made with tomatoes, zucchini, onion, bell peppers, baby kale and your choice of ground meat, making it super clean and easy to make. If you鈥檙e not eating Paleo, feel free to add this mixture into taco shells for a gourmet meal right at home. (via Sweet C鈥檚 Designs)

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12. Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken: Butter chicken is one of America鈥檚 favorite Indian dishes, and making it doesn鈥檛 have to be a complicated ordeal. This crockpot recipe requires minimal effort, but if you鈥檙e feeling REALLY ambitious, you can whip up some homemade naan to accompany it. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Dessert

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13. No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts: Paleo, vegan AND completely raw, these no-bake tarts taste *exactly* like pumpkin pie. Only they鈥檙e healthier, require no baking whatsoever and basically cook themselves while you let them sit in the fridge for a few hours. (via Detoxinista)

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14. Easy Moist Chocolate Cake: Don鈥檛 be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in this from-scratch chocolate cake recipe. They鈥檙e all actually pretty basic (flour, sugar, etc.) and come together in minutes. (via Life Love and Sugar)

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15. No-Bake S鈥檓ores Pie: Like our other no-bake dessert recipe, this pie will need some time in the fridge to chill. But it requires significantly less time to come together 鈥 roughly an hour and a half. It also tastes like s鈥檓ores in pie form, so there鈥檚 that. (via Brown Eyed Baker)

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