Dinner, Faster

16 Dishes for When You Need a Break from Cheese & Cookies

Casseroles, roasts, braises, and cheese-smothered bakes (or just cheese!) are as ubiquitous during the holidays as tinsel and cookies. But wait, stop, hold on: We need a brief pause from all the belly busters wonderfully rich food we just can't seem to put down.

For that, we turn to hearty kale salads, roasted vegetable-topped grain bowls, and soups swimming with just the right amount of pasta. These 16 dishes are the kind of just-virtuous-enough meals we can make on autopilot for the rest of the season. It's what some might call "balance."

Tell us: What's your go-to, feel-good-about dish?

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