7 SUPER Easy, Delicious & Nutritious Meal Ideas To Make When You’re SO OVER Holiday Leftovers

If you happen to’re something like me throughout this time of 12 months, particularly this week, you’re SO bored with consuming indulgent meals but additionally sort of caught within the hamster wheel of reaching for leftover cookies, some dried-out mac and cheese and simply ready on the New 12 months to “begin contemporary.” I do know, I do know…

However I’ve acquired one thing for you as we speak. One thing to both enable you to plan for that first week again to work or RIGHT NOW. I’m sharing my favourite tremendous straightforward, pretty nutritious but additionally very satisfying recipes excellent for lunch or dinner. I’ve made these on repeat for years they usually at all times hit. Even my toddler eats most of those fortunately, vigorously signing for extra (particularly the lentil soup). So household pleasant + filling + round half-hour to make = a win in my home.

Let’s begin with that lentil soup I discussed that I’ve sort of doctored up myself from many recipes I’ve tried over time. Right here’s the place I landed after making my very own tweaks. One notice is that I’m not a recipe author, and I additionally hardly ever measure something so forgive me if something right here appears to be like off. I took notice of how a lot I used to be throwing in whereas I made it this time for the photograph for the submit and yeah, my 22-month-old ate her bowl, half of my bowl and half of my husband’s. 🙂

Arlyn’s Lentil & Kale Soup

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 35 minutes

Complete time: 45 minutes

Serves 4


  • 4 tablespoons olive or avocado oil, divided
  • 1/2 giant white or yellow onion, chopped small
  • 3/4 cup carrot, chopped small
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped small
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup inexperienced lentils (rinsed and picked by means of properly)
  • 14.5 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 32 oz hen or vegetable broth
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon every of onion powder, garlic powder, cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Just a few scrunches of freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 cups kale, taken off stem and chopped (I favor the darkish, flat kale over the lighter inexperienced curly kale right here)
  • 1 lemon minimize into quarters, for serving


  1. Warmth 2 tablespoons olive oil in a big soup pot or Dutch oven on medium.
  2. Add chopped carrot, celery and onion. Saute for about 5 minutes, till onion is translucent.
  3. Add garlic. Saute till aromatic, about 1 minute.
  4. Add lentils and stir for an additional minute or two.
  5. Add the remainder of the components (besides the kale and lemon). Improve warmth to medium-high. Stir to mix and let it come to a full boil. Scale back warmth again to medium (or no matter temperature permits the soup to simmer/bubble with out boiling).
  6. Cook dinner for 20-25 minutes till lentils have softened.
  7. Flip off the warmth. Take away bay leaves, add within the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and, utilizing an immersion blender, pulse the soup 4-5 instances. It will make it somewhat creamy however nonetheless textural. (Notice: If you happen to don’t have an immersion blender, merely add the two tablespoons of olive oil to a blender and a few cup of soup. Mix however watch out as a result of scorching soup in a closed blender creates numerous strain and also you danger the highest blowing off and burning your self. I converse from expertise…)
  8. As soon as blended (and recombined for those who used a blender), add in kale. The residual warmth of cooking will wilt the kale simply sufficient. Style and regulate seasonings to your liking.
  9. Plate the soup and add a drizzle of contemporary lemon

Relying on in order for you somewhat carb to complete it off, you’ll be able to serve it with a crusty roll or baguette. Though this has tons of veggies in it, I additionally sometimes begin with a easy greens salad drizzled with olive oil, sharp balsamic and no matter herbs I’ve going unhealthy within the fridge.

Pinch of Yum

Avocado Mojo Bowls

Recipe: through Pinch of Yum

Pinch of Yum is one in every of my favourite meals accounts to observe. I’ve by no means made a foul recipe from her. This one makes use of the magic of a store-bought rotisserie hen, a fast avocado mojo sauce (IT’S SO GOOD I are likely to go overboard in my bowl) and a few seasoned candy potato wedges which is a superb steadiness to the savory nature of the sauce and protein. I prefer to steam some inexperienced beans to throw on the aspect and it’s the proper, wildly yummy and wildly straightforward dinner for when you don’t have anything left to offer. (Notice: the recipe hyperlink truly consists of hen meatballs which I’ve by no means made, however she shared the sauce and wedges recipe on her Instagram with rotisserie hen and that’s how I at all times did for the dish.)

La Scala Chopped Salad

Recipe: through Danielle Moss

A model of this salad exists in almost each nook of the Web. The unique is from a restaurant right here in LA known as La Scala. For having a reasonably brief record of components, it’s simply so dang satisfying and well-balanced. I normally use Danielle’s recipe as a result of it’s the primary one I attempted and I’m loyal because it hits the spot. She makes use of deli turkey, however I normally use salami as an alternative (the restaurant affords each variations and I get pleasure from them every for various causes). Typically I add in chopped tomatoes in the event that they’re in season, pink onion, shallots, and even hard-boiled egg, however it’s actually excellent as written.

No Crumbs Left

Weeknight Whole30 Hen Burger

Recipe: through No Crumbs Left

There are only a few instances once I can tolerate a burger-like meal in a lettuce bun. Cease. That’s only a salad. However I’ve to let you know. There’s one thing in regards to the mixture of the outstandingly juicy hen burger with the dreamy remoulade (sounds fancy, is SO straightforward), marinated pink onions, pickles, and crunchy iceberg lettuce that’s fairly magical. All of Teri’s/No Crumbs Left’s recipes are. I normally put it in a bun for my husband however I gladly eat this—with further pickles and typically a slice of melted white cheddar—as proven. UGH, it’s so good my mouth is watering occupied with it. I normally make a double batch and freeze what I don’t eat absolutely cooked for an additional day. They reheat nice within the air fryer. If you happen to’re feeling such as you want one thing else, throw in some candy potato fries on the aspect.

Pinch of Yum

Salmon Tacos W/ Mango Cucumber Salsa

Recipe: through Pinch of Yum

Tacos are at all times successful and with so many choices for tortillas today (corn, flour, casava almond flour, and many others.) you actually can tailor them to your dietary wants and preferences. These salmon tacos are successful in my home. They’re superbly spiced, straightforward to throw the salmon within the air fryer and even toaster oven for about 10 minutes, and you may make the salsa whereas that fish cooks. Increase, executed! I used to be somewhat skeptical of the corn/mango/cucumber combo however it works, belief me. Contemporary, crisp, candy. And it’s all rounded out with a drizzle of honey which you’ll be able to omit for those who’re watching your sugar however for those who’re okay with it, it takes it all around the prime. I discovered that the recipe for the salsa makes a bit an excessive amount of, so be at liberty to cut back…or simply make extra salmon. 🙂

Cod In White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce

Recipe: through Baker by Nature

Of all of the recipes on this record, I’ve been making this one the longest. If you happen to’re ever in search of a quick recipe, white fish or shrimp is normally the perfect base as a result of it cooks in minutes (like…in underneath 10 minutes). That is SO DELICIOUS. The white wine tomato basil sauce is one thing I might drink. I lick it off the spoon whereas I’m cooking (except I’m cooking for different individuals as a result of I’m not impolite). I’ve even made it with out the wine for the entire household and it was nonetheless nice. Rather less punchy however nonetheless satisfying. To spherical it out, I make asparagus that I throw within the oven whereas this cooks and if I’m feeling fancy, some little potatoes I prep within the air fryer.

Creamy White Beans With Herb Oil

Recipe: through New York Occasions Cooking (comparable recipe right here through Coco Et Sel)

Okay look, I do know I’ve written the phrases “THIS IS SO GOOD” in almost each recipe right here, however THIS IS SO GOOD. I’m heavy in a bean part proper now, so that is doubtless consultant of that, however actually, it’s a world-class recipe produced from a can of white beans and herb oil that’s similar to a pesto with out the parm (although a little bit of premade pesto can be fabulous right here, too). Typically I merely simply eat a bowl of beans, different instances I throw in an acidic salad and crusty ciabatta and IT’S THE PERFECT MEAL. I’ve by no means had the persistence to make this with dried beans however I assure it will take it excessive.

And that’s it! Per week’s value of dinner recipes for you (or lunch and dinner for those who make double parts or are solely feeding two individuals). I actually hope you attempt a few of these as they honestly are a few of my prime go-to’s and I at all times really feel nice after consuming them. By no means heavy or heartburn-y, although I acknowledge everyone seems to be completely different in the case of meals.

Have a WONDERFUL New 12 months everybody, and see you in 2024. 🙂

Your pal in design (and simple dinner recipes),


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