Not Sad Desk Lunch

13 Dinners (Or Lunches!) To Get You To the New Year

December 25, 2017

It happens shortly after opening presents and midway through a mug of hot chocolate—the moment I realize that Christmas is over, and the month-long buildup has ended. Tomorrow is just another day in the office (unless you’re one of the lucky students or teachers who has a winter break), and tomorrow, I will need lunch.

Planning the week’s meals may be the last thing on your mind, and holiday leftovers are always an awesome option. But if you’re like me, you’re thinking ahead and looking for a dish or two that requires minimal effort for maximum lunch payoff from now until you ring in the New Year. Here are 13 recipes that can double as tonight's dinner or tomorrow's desk lunches this week. And the countdown begins for our next long weekend.

Pasta Powerhouses

The Chicken Dance

Fill Up On Vegetables

What do you eat the week between holidays? Are you holding onto Christmas?

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.