Weeknight Cooking

12 Recipes That Will Make You Ditch Your Plans

October 26, 2015

There are some nights you want to hit! the! town!—to grab drinks with friends, pay too much money for not-good-enough food, and fall asleep without changing into your pajamas.

There are other nights when you'd rather ignore those text messages or play sick. You want to sneak your feet into wool socks and make yourself something homey that you can eat from the pan.

The next time you don't know whether you want to go out, consider these 12 recipes our permission to stay in (and sleep late the next morning).

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Chicken Tamale Pie


Creamy Mushroom Pasta


Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple and Red Pepper Flakes


Dutch Baby with Cranberry Orange Compote


Shakshuka with Grains and Feta


Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing


Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple With Pearl Onions and Crispy Sage


Herby Falafel


The Glorious Monte Cristo Sandwich


Sweet Potato Maple Hashbrowns



Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers


White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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  • Lily Torres Llitera
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  • Leslie Stephens
    Leslie Stephens
I used to work at Food52. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream.


Lily T. November 1, 2015
Why aren't the recipes available in a PDF format with full color pictures? Or, PrintFriendly as a collection?
boulangere October 26, 2015
Where are the authors' names?
Leslie S. October 26, 2015
They're all by our contributor, Kendra Vaculin! :)
boulangere October 26, 2015
Leslie S. October 26, 2015
It's like this article was made for me