31 Simple Recipes Because the Holidays Are Difficult Enough Gallery
December 4, 2017
Delicious recipes that will help you find more hours in the day without sacrificing flavor
31 Simple Recipes Because the Holidays Are Difficult Enough
Ahh the holidays: a season of cheer, family and friends, good will to all men — and holiday stress. It is a time of year that is loved and celebrated by many but equally a time when stress levels can shoot through the roof. With so much pressure to be jolly and festive in everything from festive cocktails, cookies, and canapes to ugly sweaters and gift giving, it is essential to have some easy recipes up your sleeve.
Of course, for a few particular holiday meals, stress may be unavoidable. Those meals where every pot and pan in the house is called to action, the sink is piled high with dishes to be done and sleeping in through the morning of is out of the question. But that need not be the case for every meal. If you have a house full of family and friends who need to be fed, you need only turn to the right recipes in order to achieve delicious, stress-free meals that everyone will love. You can look to your trusty sheet pan or turn on your humble slow-cooker and whip up something delicious in no time.
From tasty appetizers and one-tray recipes to simple yet stunning meals for effortless dinner parties, these recipes will aid you during this rather hectic time of year. Discover these 30 simple and tasty recipes and enjoy a low-stress (if not totally stress-free) holiday season!
A Pizza Without Crust
For those days when you need something sustaining and simple, turn to this delicious cross between fondue and mozzarella sticks.
African Sweet Potato Stew
Turn to your trusty slow-cooker for this easy recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Atlantic Salmon Grilled With Fennel, Lime, and Sumac
This recipe is an easy showstopper. With a zing of chili and a citrusy tang coming from the lime and sumac, this dish is a lighter departure from most holiday fare.
Blissed-Out Crispy Cheesy Broccoli Gratin
If you need an easy side dish this is the recipe for you! It takes just 20 minutes to cook to perfection and is sure to be enjoyed by all.
For an easy and tasty breakfast treat, these Danish pastries will certainly hit the spot. Using frozen puff pastry means these come together effortlessly.
Chocolate Chunk Cookie for One
Sometimes you need a speedy sweet fix without all the hassle of a full blown baking endeavor. This recipe is not for family and friends — it’s just for you!
No-Boil Mac and Cheese
This recipe is a great way to use a single sheet tray to produce a comforting meal that everyone will love. Simply mix everything together and throw it in the oven — it couldn’t be simpler!
Crispy Pork Belly
Low and slow cooking makes pork belly melt-in-your-mouth tender; you’ll want to make this dish soon.
Flourless Blender Brownies
These brownies take no time to make and contain a secret, healthy ingredient.
Foil-Baked Cod With Oranges, Scallions, and Ginger
Here is a quick and satisfying recipe for dinner. Cooking the cod in foil means the cleanup afterwards is effortless!
Hoisin Eggplant, Spicy Brussels Sprouts, and Tofu
Spicy gochujang adds a lovely smoky heat to this delicious one-pan dish.
Homemade Pita Chips With Red Pepper Dip
Make your own pita chips and you'll never buy them at the store again! If you’re having a holiday get-together, this easy appetizer is a great thing to make for a crowd.
Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon With Veggies and Oranges
Here’s a perfect, healthy (and effortless) dinner for any day of the week that’s also pretty enough to make for a dinner party.
I Can’t Believe It’s Mushroom Risotto!
You don’t have to be chained to the stove if you decide to make a risotto!
Lemony Herbed Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
Here’s another great recipe that is perfect for easy entertaining.
Mixed Vegetable Shakshuka
For an easy, healthy and truly delicious breakfast, make this one-tray shakshuka — a realistic way to cook eggs for a crowd!
Orecchiette With Turkey And Broccoli
Here’s a dish that no none will say no to. Make it for any number of people and sit back to enjoy a bowl of satisfying pasta that can be effortlessly prepared.
PB & Chocolate Pan Cookie
A perfectly delicious and convenient dessert with flavors that are tried and true, this is certainly a dish that everyone will love!
No one will be able to resist these delicious squares that are cooked in a slow-cooker for the easiest sweet snack you could ask for.
Pumpkin Spice Crème Brûlée
Here’s another slow-cooker recipe that might surprise you. Using a slow-cooker allows you to focus on getting through without sacrificing on having a quality dessert for dinner.
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Here is and easy, no-boil recipe that is seriously the easiest way to make lasagna ever.
Sausage-and-Spinach Cheese Tortellini
This recipe is incredibly flexible — you can tailor it to a multitude of dietary needs. I also comes together in a slow-cooker — just the kind of recipe you need when you are dealing with the holidays!
Screamin’ Good Carnitas
Here's a great and super-easy slow-cooker recipe for any get together
Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Freekeh Salad
Fall in love with the underrated Brussels sprout. These days it’s easy to find pre-shaved Brussels sprouts in most supermarkets, so this salad is more about assembly than cooking.
Slab Quiche With Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onions
This quiche is delicious at any temperature and is great for feeding a crowd!
Slow-Cooked Pork Belly With a Sweet and Sour Sauce
If you have 5 hours to spare, then make this melt-in-your-mouth pork belly; it’s worth the wait. You can leave it to do its thing in the oven while you get on with more important things, knowing that dinner will be divine!
Spaghetti With Zucchini and Pecorino Romano
This simple spaghetti dish is delicious and perfect for a quick and satisfying dinner. Zucchini that is both crispy and soft, with sharp, salty, pecorino romano — divine!
Stir-Fried Shrimp, Edamame, and Pine Nut Lettuce Wraps
Delicious lettuce wraps are a tasty and healthy choice for an easy weeknight meal and a nice change when you’re sick of more traditional holiday foods.
Sweet-With-Heat Beef Short Ribs
Serve this hearty slow-cooker dish with your favorite starch (or in a sandwich) for a hearty and comforting meal that will certainly chase away any winter chills.
The Bread Baker’s Lamb and Tomato Curry
This recipe is as simple as can be: Toss chunks of lamb with chopped onions and spices and arrange in a pot, smother the meat under a mound of diced tomatoes, and place the pot in a hot oven. Perfect for easy entertaining.
Whole Baked Fish With Lemon and Ouzo
This easy and delicious one-pot meal is enlivened with citrus that will brighten up any grey winter day — it is one of many fantastic sheet pan dinners for busy nights.