15 low-key recipes to help you ease into the new year

Simple and satisfying meals that are just right for right now.

Simple and satisfying meals that are just right for right now

(Photography, left: The Goods; middle: Leila Ashtari; right: David Bagosy)

If you're feeling a bit burnt out after holiday cooking, or perhaps just looking for a soft start to 2021's meal planning, this recipe roundup checks off all the boxes. Here are 15 meals that are simple to prepare and ready in a relatively short amount of time. Perhaps most importantly, these recipes are a very delicious way to kick off a new year of cooking. Sheet pan bakes, winter-perfect salads, skillets full of pasta, some meat-free selects and plenty more, all below!

Delicata Squash and Italian Sausage Bake

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Spiced Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

(Photography by Gabriel Cabrera)

Skillet Lasagna with an Easy Everyday Tomato Sauce

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)


An overhead shot of a plate of pajeon on a bright blue background. A small bowl of sauce, a plate of kimchi and another plate of pajeon surround the main plate.
(Photography by Soo Kim)

Beaton's Mac & Cheese

(Photography by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller)

Chicken Cacciatore Sheet Pan Dinner

(Photo: David Bagosy; Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Paul Sun Hyung Lee's Kimchi Soup

Kale Stem Pesto

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Fish and 'Chip' Sheet Pan Dinner

(Photo: David Bagosy; Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Tray-Baked Salmon Nicoise

(Photo credit: Jackson Roy)

Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad in a Lime Vinaigrette

(Photo: Shayma Owaise Saadat)

Warm Winter Salad

Dal aur Sabzi: Lentils with Roasted Carrots and Kale

(Photo: Shayma Owaise Saadat)

Soba Salad with Tahini Dressing and Roasted Cauliflower

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Sarosh's Chicken Jalfrezi Pita Pockets with Quick-Pickled Onions

(Photography by Gabriel Cabrera)

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