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18 Dinners & Lunches to Get You Through the Holidays

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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).

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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

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup Without a Recipe
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How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup Without a Recipe
How to Make Miso Soup Without a Recipe
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How to Make Miso Soup Without a Recipe
How to Make Lentil Soup Without a Recipe
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How to Make Lentil Soup Without a Recipe
How to Make Tomato Soup Without a Recipe
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How to Make Tomato Soup Without a Recipe
How to Make Vegetarian (or Vegan) Chili without a Recipe
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How to Make Vegetarian (or Vegan) Chili without a Recipe

comfort in carbs

How to Make Any Kind of Baked Pasta (& Live a Happy Life)
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How to Make Any Kind of Baked Pasta (& Live a Happy Life)
How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Without a Recipe
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How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Without a Recipe
How to Make a Grain Bowl Without a Recipe
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How to Make a Grain Bowl Without a Recipe
How to Make Any Grain Salad in 4 Steps
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How to Make Any Grain Salad in 4 Steps
How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich
How to Make Any Quesadilla Better
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How to Make Any Quesadilla Better

Into the oven it goes

How to Roast a Chicken Without a Recipe
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How to Roast a Chicken Without a Recipe
How to Make Enchiladas without a Recipe
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How to Make Enchiladas without a Recipe
How to Make Any Savory Galette without a Recipe
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How to Make Any Savory Galette without a Recipe
How to Make Meatballs Every Which Way (& Without a Recipe)
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How to Make Meatballs Every Which Way (& Without a Recipe)

a bit of bright greens

How to Make Kale Salad Without a Recipe
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How to Make Kale Salad Without a Recipe
How to Make a Chopped Salad with What's Lying Around
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How to Make a Chopped Salad with What's Lying Around
How to Make Sautéed Greens Without a Recipe
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How to Make Sautéed Greens Without a Recipe

Tell us: What know-it-by-heart recipes do you rely on to get you through the holidays?


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