As the holiday season comes to an end, we need two things: Comforting, easy meals to see us through December and healthy, restorative meals to kick off January. Here are seven dinners—some comforting, some nutritious—to whip up this week, including a 15-minute New Year’s Eve recipe that everyone at your table will love.

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Produce
2 large shallots
1 lemon
5 ounces Lacinato kale
2 persimmons
1 sweet onion
3 celery stalks
1 carrot
7 garlic cloves
3 ounces spinach
1 small head butter lettuce
2 grapefruits
4 clementines
1 lime
1 large white onion
2 avocados
5 ounces watermelon radish
1 piece ginger
1 large jalapeño
1 scallion

Meat
1 pound ground beef, pork or Italian sausage
1 rotisserie chicken
16 medium shrimp
Two 4-ounce salmon fillets
1 pound ground turkey

Dairy
1 quart whole milk
1 stick unsalted butter
2 ounces cream cheese
12 ounces cheddar cheese
3 ounces grated Parmesan
4 ounces ricotta
4 ounces mozzarella
4½ ounces blue cheese crumbles
4 ounces feta

Grains
1 pound orecchiette
8 ounces lasagna noodles
16 slider rolls
6 ounces quinoa

Canned and Packaged Goods
One 15-ounce can chickpeas
Dried apricots
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
Three 32-ounce cartons chicken broth
6 ounces buffalo sauce
Moroccan dry-cured or kalamata olives
One 15-ounce can corn kernels
One 15-ounce can white beans
Concentrated yuzu juice (mandarin or lime juices are also fine)
4 ounces dried, thin Chinese egg noodles
Black sesame seeds

Pantry Ingredients: rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, kosher and flaky salt, sugar, sesame oil, freshly-ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, Dijon mustard, dried oregano, dried thyme, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne

Erin McDowell

Monday: One-Pot Mac and Cheese

Nothing soothes holiday stress quite like pasta and cheese. Luckily, it’ll only take you 30 minutes to get some relief.

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Tuesday: Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

Once you try crispy chickpeas, you’ll want to sprinkle them on every salad you eat. (All you have to do is season and bake them.)

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Wednesday: Lasagna Soup

Complete with all the usual suspects, from ricotta to ground meat—only not nearly as heavy as the OG dish.

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Thursday: 15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders

It’s better than the kids having a million pigs in a blanket for dinner, right? These will hold them over until the ball drops.

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Friday: Citrus, Shrimp and Quinoa Salad with Feta

Start 2021 off with a protein-rich dinner starring juicy grapefruits and clementines.

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Saturday: White Turkey Chili with Avocado

Kidney beans? Canned tomatoes? Never heard of ’em.

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Sunday: Salmon Noodle Bowls with Chili-Yuzu Relish and Pickled Radishes

Sure, they sound (and look) fancy. But these beauties only take 40 minutes to put together, and even less if you make one or some of the components ahead of time.

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