Happy New Year! I know it’s cliché, but stepping into the kitchen this January really does feel like a clean slate, and it feels especially necessary this year. As we settle into 2022, we want to help you make this a really great month of cooking and eating.
If your goal for this month (or 2022) is to eat more greens, refreshing kale and pineapple smoothies are a nice place to start. And if you’re hoping to lean into plant-based cooking, savory miso oat bowls and toasted grain soup with crispy mushrooms are two to try. If you’re determined to finally get a handle on your lunch routine by prepping something in advance that’s wholesome, filling, and you actually want to eat, lentil Parmesan soup and crunchy cabbage slaw with farro are two great places to start. If you’re kicking off the new year with a round of Whole30, an easy pot of beef chili and a five-ingredient sheet pan chicken dinner are must-make dinners (or make-ahead lunches!). In fact, even if you’re not following Whole30, you should plan on making these quick and easy meals this January.
If you feel like you’re in a little bit of a cooking rut after nonstop cooking and baking during the holidays (that’s where I am right now), I have a fun strategy that just might help. I’m planning to cook one or two new-to-me recipes (baby steps, to keep it manageable) that I saved on Instagram or bookmarked last year, and starting with Vietnamese Beef Stew.
January is a month to cozy up to warm, hearty meals that are big on comfort, like soup, chili, casseroles, and noodles. And if you find yourself with a snow day this month, homemade hot cocoa, cacio e pepe popcorn, and a tray of loaded vegetarian nachos are all surefire wins. We have all of that and more! Here are 31 our favorite ideas to inspire your cooking (and baking!) all month long, because we want you to have a positively delicious January.