Weeknight CookingWhat to CookTravelPantry

21 Fuss-Free Dinners to Make The Night You Get Home from Vacation

4 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

Returning home after a little time away is like a big, warm hug that you desperately need. You'll breathe in that familiar home smell, fling up a window sash or three, let all your confusingly numerous bags fall, then leap over them to the kitchen with a certain hopeful desperation for what you'll find when you open the fridge. (Swedish fish and Gatorade do not a dinner make!)

Sadly, what greets you upon opening it is rarely a cornucopia, since you cleaned it out (right?) before you left. And because all of us at Food52 just got back from Summer Week, and you're probably doing a little vacationing yourself, a remedy: Here are some of our favorite, most manageable dinners to whip up when we return from a break—based on what's in your fridge or pantry.

Advertisement

Eggs!

From now on, don't throw them out before you leave (unless you're going on a months-long sabbatical).

Scrambled Egg Tacos with Avocado
Scrambled Egg Tacos with Avocado
Soft Scrambled Eggs

Soft Scrambled Eggs by Merrill Stubbs

Rhonda's Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Pangritata for One

Rhonda's Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Pangritata for One by Rhonda35

Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce
Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce
Cracker Eggs
Cracker Eggs

Pesto

You've got a tub in your freezer, right?

Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad
Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad
Pasta with Summer Squash, Tarragon, Ricotta & Honey

Pasta with Summer Squash, Tarragon, Ricotta & Honey by Posie Harwood

3 P.M. Salad

3 P.M. Salad by Kendra Vaculin

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream
Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream

Can of Beans

Swap them in a cook-from-dry recipe or eat them barely gussied up.

Advertisement
Stewy Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Feta
Stewy Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Feta
Garlicky Smothered White Beans on Toast

Garlicky Smothered White Beans on Toast by Gena Hamshaw

Simple Enfrijoladas

Simple Enfrijoladas by Amanda Sims

Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)
Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)

Tortilla Chips

Crispy and salty is exactly what I'm always craving.

Red Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
Red Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
Not Exactly Grandma’s Migas

Not Exactly Grandma’s Migas by lastnightsdinner

Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos by Kendra Vaculin

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

Potato or Sweet Potato

One of the hardier vegetables, so there's a chance it won't be sprouted when you get home.

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
Crisp and Tender Roasted Root Vegetables

Crisp and Tender Roasted Root Vegetables by Merrill Stubbs

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes by Gena Hamshaw

Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese
Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese

What do you crave when you get home from a long time away? Share in the comments!


Tags: easy dinners, pantry meals