With all the recipe planning, grocery shopping, and oh-wait-our-second-cousin-twice-removed-is-no-longer-eating-anything-orange (why? who knows), the holidays can begin to wear on even the most avid of holiday enthusiasts.
In these times, we turn to our tried and true back-pocket recipes—and by recipes, we mean Not Recipes, those that require just some know-how to throw together and are adaptable to whatever you have on hand. These are the not-quite-holiday foods that will save your soundness come dinner. They offer freedom, a respite from all that incessant planning (even if it's just for one meal).
Here are 18 dishes to make in-between the turkey buying and pie crust making and pondering your second cousin twice removed's strange choices.
Just let it simmer
comfort in carbs
Into the oven it goes
a bit of bright greens
Tell us: What know-it-by-heart recipes do you rely on to get you through the holidays?
This article was originally published in November 2016.