10 Fast Dinners To Escape a Post-Holiday Food Rut

Right after the holidays, it’s easy to get stuck in a food rut. Sometimes, the kitchen is the last place you want to be, especially after spending what felt like days slaving over the stove.  Luckily, The Kitchn compiled a list of light and fresh dinners that require minimal effort but still make your tastebuds happy. These fast dinners will be great for family and friends, but still allow you to enjoy spending time with them as well.

This all-in-one dinner includes tender broccoli, spicy chicken sausage, and orzo pasta in one skillet to create a deliciously satisfying dinner with little work. Perfect for those nights where you need to whip something up quick. Throw everything in one pan, cook, and dinner is done for you.

These easy to make pork chops are simmered in a chunky salsa on your stovetop and deliver the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and tangy. Served over a bed of summer squash, you can choose from an arrangement of salsa – spice it up, cool it down, or even choose something a little fruity for a twist.

This easy weeknight dinner only takes about a half-hour to make, so be ready to fall in love. You’ll find deep flavors of roasted broccoli and extra-sharp cheddar cheese, pureed into a blend of deliciousness.

This Taco Tuesday reboot is the perfect addition to those dreary winter days. Filled with shredded chicken, hearty black beans, and a smoked, spicy broth, this is a recipe you’ll keep on hand well into spring.

This is a dish perfect for Thanksgiving fans. In it, you’ll find all the flavors of your favorite day – caramelized onions, roasted butternut squash, hearty kale, toasted pecans, and sweet golden raisins, topped with a roasted garlic-sherry vinaigrette. You can serve this dish warm or at room temperature.

This salad is a vegetarian’s dream! This main dish uses chickpeas as it’s protein, then add in a variety of crunchy veggies, fresh cilantro, and a spiced honey-garlic dressing, and you have a vibrant veggie salad that will have everyone going for seconds.

Rice bowls are the perfect go-to when you have a busy schedule and an empty belly, and this rice bowl is no exception. A remake of the ever-loved pork and broccoli take-out, this recipe will make you fall in love. You’ll find tender pork, garlicky broccoli, and a savory, creamy peanut sauce in this recipe.

This noodle bowl is as delicious as it sounds! The crunch from the baked shrimp and perfectly ripe avocado combine perfectly, and the caesar dressing is classed up with lemon juice and zest, creating the ultimate noodle bowl you’ll be craving all week.

The saucier the better, they say. This salmon dish features a fresh tomato-based sauce, garlic, balsamic, and fresh thyme. Whatever of the sauce is leftover is used to the couscous the salmon is served over.

This soup is a perfect switch up for your classic chicken noodle soup. This Thai-inspired soup keeps all the traditional elements but adds those Thai flavors we love and adore.

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