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

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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

Pasta with Gorgonzola, Radicchio, Walnuts, and Orange
Pasta with Gorgonzola, Radicchio, Walnuts, and Orange
Miso-Yogurt Chicken Pasta

Miso-Yogurt Chicken Pasta by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

Brussels Sprouts Carbonara by Leanne Brown

Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"
Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"

The Chicken Dance

Warm Chicken Salad
Warm Chicken Salad
Ceylonese Cashew-Coconut Chicken

Ceylonese Cashew-Coconut Chicken by QueenSashy

Burmese Chicken Salad

Burmese Chicken Salad by Giao Chau

Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Sesame Seeds, Scallions & Almonds
Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Sesame Seeds, Scallions & Almonds

Fill Up On Vegetables

Vegan Hoppin' John
Vegan Hoppin' John
Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots

Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots by Josh Cohen

Cabbage Pad Thai with Baked Tofu

Cabbage Pad Thai with Baked Tofu by Alexandra Stafford

Greens & Beans with Coconut Milk and Spicy Cashews

Greens & Beans with Coconut Milk and Spicy Cashews by Alexandra Stafford

Creamy Mushroom and Israeli Couscous

Creamy Mushroom and Israeli Couscous by Supper With Michelle - Mich...

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

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
Automagic Spring Menu Maker!

Tags: Winter, Make Ahead, Meal Plan, Not Sad Desk Lunch, Dinner, Faster