28 Stress-Free Meals to Make in February
Oh, February, the doldrums of winter. The fun of the holiday season is far behind us, but spring still seems a million miles away. We recommend a little bit of self-care to get you through—warm baths, sweatpants and a month full of stress-free dinners. Because who wants to worry about meal prep when you can curl up under a blanket and watch The Great British Bake Off?
February 1: Baking-Sheet Pizza with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Friday night will always be pizza night in our book, and we love this easy version (no pizza stone or special pans required).
February 2: French Onion Brisket
This belly-warming family meal is fabulous for a winter weekend. (Plus, the leftovers are heavenly.)
February 3: Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings
What else would we eat on Super Bowl Sunday?
February 4: Green Shakshuka
Your favorite breakfast-for-dinner dish, but with spinach and a whole bunch of herbs instead of tomatoes. (We see you, Meatless Mondays.)
February 5: Instant Pot Carnitas
The best way to cure the winter blues? A big batch of these and a side of guacamole. (Margaritas don’t hurt, either.)
February 6: Honey-Mustard Sheet Pan Salmon
Once again, the humble sheet pan solves all of our busy weeknight problems.
February 7: One-Pot Orecchiette Ragu
Weekend vibes on a weeknight timeline.
February 8: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
Sure, you could order takeout. Or, you could make this way healthier, way cheaper version in the same amount of time.
February 3: Easy One-Pot Lentil Kielbasa Soup
Make a big pot of this on Sunday night and bring it for not-sad desk lunches all week long.
February 11: Slow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
Mondays are tough, but coming home to a basically-done dinner makes them better.
February 12: Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
The secret weapon is store-bought gnocchi.
February 13: Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry
A little sweet, a little spicy, a lot delicious.
February 14: Crock-pot Cider Braised Short Ribs with Sage Butter Mashed Potatoes
When you want to make a special Valentine’s Day dinner, but you remember that it’s a workday.
February 15: Eggplant Pizzas
Guilt-free pizza night? We’re listening…
February 16: 30-Minute One-Pot Cheater’s Bouillabaise
An elegant seafood stew worthy of Saturday night company. We promise, they’ll never guess it took only half an hour to make.
February 17: Honey-Mustard Chicken Bake
We’d eat just about anything if it was slathered with this sweet-and-savory honey mustard sauce.
February 18: Instant Pot Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup
We love this vegetarian spin on a classic tortilla soup (and the fact that it cooks for only three minutes in the Instant Pot).
February 19: Firecracker Chicken with Rice
We know that it’s tempting to pick up Chinese takeout on the way home. But trust us, this homemade version is so much better.
February 20: One-Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs
Because no one wants to deal with a sink full of dishes on a work night.
February 22: Pesto Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Veggies and Labneh
When we’ve had a little too much winter comfort food for our own good, we love resetting with this healthy, veggie-packed grain bowl.
February 23: Salsa Verde Pork Fajitas
The pork cooks slowly in the Crock-Pot, which keeps it tender, and then crisps up in a hot cast iron pan. Mmm…
February 24: Kale Minestrone
We’re basically always hoping for a snow day, so we can make a big bowl of this belly-warming soup.
February 25: Thai Basil Chicken Bowls
Fresh, flavorful, less than 400 calories a serving and ready in about 10 minutes? Sign us up.
February 26: Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole
We wouldn’t be mad at a side of guacamole…
February 27: Vegetarian Chili
We promise, you’ll never miss the meat.