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30-Minute Meals to Ease You Back Into the Kitchen

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Sure, the guests are gone, and you’ve made a dent in the leftovers. But (if you’re like me) things aren’t entirely back to normal. Cooking post-T-Day is a little intimidating. Less than a week ago, we were all hovering over turkey, mashing potatoes, and sprinkling casseroles with breadcrumbs. I need a minute to catch my breath before firing up the oven.

In order to ease myself back into the kitchen, I need approachable, no-fuss meals. Ones that I can start and eat within 30 minutes—preferably with minimal cleanup. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 19 speedy dishes that you can enjoy in half an hour.

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Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad
Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad
Kale Pesto Orecchiette

Kale Pesto Orecchiette by Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots

Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots by Josh Cohen

Pepita-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
Pepita-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad
Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad
Roasted Cauliflower with Prosciutto and Dates

Roasted Cauliflower with Prosciutto and Dates by Jessica

Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy

Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy by lizziehewson

Simple Spoonfuls

One-Pot Butternut Squash Stew with Fresh Mozzarella
One-Pot Butternut Squash Stew with Fresh Mozzarella
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Red Pepper and Cauliflower Chowder

Red Pepper and Cauliflower Chowder by Kendra Vaculin

A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre

A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre by Cristina Sciarra

Chestnut and Chickpea Soup
Chestnut and Chickpea Soup

You Can Handle It

Welsh Rarebit
Welsh Rarebit
Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers by Merrill Stubbs

No-Gadget Falafel

No-Gadget Falafel by Izy Hossack

Alex Raij's Mushroom Confit (Setas Confitadas)
Alex Raij's Mushroom Confit (Setas Confitadas)
Skillet-Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema

Skillet-Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema by Alexandra Stafford

Egg and Eggplant Sandwich

Egg and Eggplant Sandwich by fiveandspice

Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast
Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast

What are your favorite meals to ease you back into the kitchen post-holiday? Tell us your go-tos below!

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
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Tags: Meal Plan, Dinner, Faster