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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Syracuse chapter.

The year is coming to an end and it’s finally time to start thinking about the summer and the upcoming year. For many of us that means moving into your own apartment, whether you’re living in a different city for your summer internship or are finally moving out of the dorms. But most importantly, it probably means you’ll be cooking your own meals. Since I know how lazy we can all get when it gets to cooking, to prevent you from living off of takeout (and save your bank account) I gathered some of my favorite one pan dinners below.

Halibut & Green Beans

Actually preparing this dinner takes no more than 15min. I normally make this after an evening at the gym and hop in the shower while it’s in the oven. The recipe is super simple. First make the marinade with half a lemon juiced, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Then add that on top of the halibut, add some spinach, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, green beans and you’re good to go. Drizzling some olive oil over top bring out the flavor.


Lemon Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes

Whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Then arrange the chicken, potatoes and green beans and drizzle the herb mixture over top. Now you have 20min to scroll through Instagram as you wait for a chef-worthy dinner.


Teriyaki Salmon & Vegetables

The key to this one is obviously the sauce. Combine water, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and honey and make your own, or buy some pre-made at the store. Place the salmon in the middle, add in some chopped carrots, broccoli, some onions and pour as much sauce as you wish. 


Steak with Potatoes & Broccoli

For nights when you’re feeling a little fancier or have some extra time, this steak recipe is worth a try. Place the steak in a large zipper top bag with the 1/4 cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 4 cloves of garlic, salt, and pepper. Turn to coat and let marinate at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour. Scatter potatoes and rosemary on the baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat and spread them out evenly. Place an ovenproof wire rack with the steak over the broccoli and potatoes and voila. Your steakhouse style dinner is ready to go!

I'm Ana Lua. I'm currently a Marketing Management major at Whitman looking into transfering to Acting in VPA. I'm originally from Boston, but I've been moving around the world throughout my entire life to places like Brazil, China and Portugal. I love to travel and all things artsy and cute! I also like to write music and have a youtube beauty channel.