15 Recipes for Aquarius Season, from Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets to BLT Tacos

Forget what you thought your diet was going to be in 2023. We’re now squarely in Aquarius season, so all bets are off in favor of these dishes that are just right for this rare zodiac sign. Aquarians, known for their intellect, open-mindedness and creativity, are experts at challenging the status quo. With the help of this unique list—plus guidance from a professional astrologer—those born between January 20 and February 18 (or any time, really) can eat as the stars intended them to. Without further ado, here are 15 recipes that Aquarians will love, from breakfast tacos to five-minute mug cake.

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What Kind of Eater Is Aquarius?

“The truth is that most Aquarians could live off nothing but Soylent,” Wright told us. “Yes, Aquarius is a sophisticated and intellectual air sign, up to date on all the reviews from Eater, Grub Street and The Infatuation. And yes, your Aquarius bestie is always going to pick the most amazing restaurant for her birthday dinner, but she is not a ‘foodie,’ nor does she care to be one. She covers her face every time you try to take a picture of her at brunch (where she orders over-easy eggs and toast). The conspicuous consumption is just too tacky for the waterbearer to handle. Give Aquarius what’s simple and easy or give her death.”

As far as kitchen skills go, Aquarius is all about utility. “She knows that you’re supposed to let the coffee bloom in the French press, but she’s more interested in getting her caffeine fix than the fine print,” Wright explains. “She owns all the gadgets and pulls out all the stops for a big dinner party but mostly sticks to mastering a few classic recipes: the creamiest scrambled eggs, the tastiest turkey sandwich and a cacio e pepe that’s absolutely to die for.”

15 Recipes for Aquarius Season

1. Breakfast Pizza

The garlic-Parm cream sauce is just fancy enough for brunch at an Aquarian’s house. (Don’t worry though; the pizza starts with store-bought pizza dough, so it’s not as tall an order as you may think.)

2. Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos with Hot Honey

Simplicity is an Aquarian’s best friend, and this recipe proves that sometimes (heck, most times), less is more. Infuse the hot honey the night before so you can make breakfast in a flash come morning.

3. Black Bean Hummus

A little spicy, a little savory and positively foolproof, this no-cook appetizer is just the ticket for a snacky Aquarian. (Thanks, canned black beans.) Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers or crudités.

4. Six-Ingredient Corn Soup

The ease of this recipe is right up Aquarians’ alley, but Aquarius season is unfortunately not fresh corn season. Not to worry: You can easily substitute canned corn to create this six-ingredient gem. (Don’t even get us started on the sesame seed brown butter.)

5. Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets

Aquarius loves sour, salty and umami-laced dishes, so vinegary, buttery Buffalo sauce is one of their favorite condiments. Pair it with garlicky nuggets of crispy fried cauli and consider them satisfied.

6. Mini Quesadillas

Six ingredients + 40 minutes + plenty of pepper jack cheese = an appetizer Aquarius won’t mind making. Serve the quesadillas with all the salsa, sour cream, guacamole and hot sauce you desire.

7. 15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Aquarians’ minimalist approach to cooking means they tend to be tight with all their local takeout spots. Thanks to this lightning-fast recipe that leans on pantry staples, they can skip delivery (well, at least for one night).

8. BLT Tacos

One of the simplest, most iconic sandwiches of all time just got a low-lift update that any Aquarius can get behind. Might we suggest slathering the tortillas in garlic mayo before filling them?

9. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

There’s no better side to nosh on this season than these zhuzhed sweet spuds. The fries are prepared on a single baking sheet and taken up a notch by roasted garlic, fresh rosemary and flaky sea salt.

10. Crispy Mushrooms

Does it get easier than tossing mushrooms in olive oil and seasonings, plopping them on a baking sheet and roasting until browned and shatteringly crisp? We think not.

11. Cacio e Pepe

This 20-minute pasta is equal parts tasty and foolproof, meaning it’s a shoo-in for Aquarius’s weekly dinner rotation. Did we mention you likely have all five required ingredients in your kitchen right now?

12. Kale Caesar Salad

Aquarius never gets tired of the classics, including this timeless salad made with fresh Caesar dressing. It’s got all the essentials, from Worcestershire sauce to smashed anchovies.  

13. Grilled Watermelon-Feta Skewers

We’re calling it: Watermelon and feta is the new tomato and mozzarella, due to the combination’s juicy sweetness and pleasant tang. Just wait until you try it charred. (Hot tip: You can use a grill pan instead of the barbecue in the winter.)

14. Raspberry Prosecco Ice Pops

Festive-yet-hands-off is the name of the game when it comes to this zodiac sign’s favorite desserts. Add a little bubbly to the three-ingredient mix and it’s an Aquarian’s dream.

15. 5-Minute S’mores Mug Cake for One

Burning the midnight oil on a new creative project, Aquarius? Treat yourself to a gooey, marshmallow-topped delight that’s made entirely in the microwave. In the words of Ina Garten, how easy is that?

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...