The 31 Best Recipes to Cook This January

published Jan 1, 2023
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Happy New Year! My approach to January cooking is always the same: I give myself a little cooking reset, I lean hard on cozy, comforting meals for cold winter days (like hot and sour soup and red lentil chili), and, most importantly, I ease into the new year with a short roster of easy, low-effort recipes (think: 5-ingredient no-boil baked ziti, 20-minute pork and broccoli rice bowls, and skillet chili mac).

Resolutions and goals are so often made around food and cooking. I’m focused on drinking more water (again!) and meal prepping lunch for the week ahead. If you’re focused upping your breakfast game, peanut butter oatmeal and egg muffins are a great place to start. Want to eat more greens? Go for sautéed escarole (you thought I was going to say a green smoothie, didn’t you?) — it’s a fun change from spinach and kale, easily cooks up in minutes, and goes with almost everything. For aspiring meal preppers (as well as anyone who’s following Whole30 or looking to limit carbs), sheet pan baked chicken and veggies is an ideal place to start.

Use the long weekend that falls mid-month for a baking project, like a loaf of cinnamon-raisin swirl bread. This month snacks are also a must, whether you’ll be spending extra time hunkered down indoors or refueling after being out in the snow — and you won’t regret having a big batch of Chex mix on hand.

January is a month to cozy up with warming, hearty pots of soup and chili, noodles dishes, and comforting casseroles. We have all of that and so much 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.

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Salt and Vinegar Potato Soup

Recipe Director, Lauren Miyashiro, is excited to kick off the year with this creamy (but vegan!) soup. "The potato skin crisps are so smart!"

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Mushroom Stroganoff
This vegetarian version of classic stroganoff is just as meaty, rich, and comforting as the original.
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Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes

If you just got an air fryer for Christmas, these crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside potatoes are the perfect place to start.

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Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Roast Pork

The name of the game for Staff Writer, Patty, this month is low-effort, high-reward meals. "This slow cooker Cuban mojo roast pork is citrusy and garlicky, and is the perfect low-effort, high-reward meal for January."

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5 / 31
Egg Muffins

If you made a resolution to work on your breakfast routine, go ahead and bookmark this recipe right now. These make-ahead egg muffins are packed with cottage cheese and veggies for a portable, high-protein breakfast.

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Cabbage Wedge Gratin with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Senior Contributing Food Editor, Sheela, finally starts celebrating cabbage in January, when there really isn't much else left at the farmers market. "This cheesy gratin is the perfect way to show off the humble vegetable as a surprisingly showstopping main course."

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7 / 31
Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

If you're hunkered down indoors and looking for a fun (and delicious!) baking project, look no further. Cinnamon is tried and true here, but if you want to change things up, Kafe Hawaij would be amazing.

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Salt-Baked Whole Fish

Gathering around a big fish platter is one of Recipe Production Coordinator, Justine's, favorite ways to eat with loved ones. "I can’t wait to serve this salt-baked whole fish for the Lunar New Year!"

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9 / 31
The Easiest Skillet Chili Mac

Meet the most comforting way to repurpose leftover chili (you only need a little bit!) into a brand-new meal.

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10 / 31
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

After seeing what a hit these meatballs were at a team retreat last month, Editor-in-Chief, Faith, immediately added them to her dinner list for January.

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Want to eat more greens this month? Swap your regular spinach or kale for escarole! This simple sautéed side dish is quick to prepare and goes with just about everything.

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12 / 31
Chocolate Chip Scones

If you've been around for a while then you know that Lifestyle Editor, Mara, has gushed over these scones many times over. And thanks to her, they're now a favorite of Kelli, one of our Culinary Producers.

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13 / 31
Vegan Chili

Red lentils and a duo of beans makes this vegan chili super meaty, and a slew of pantry ingredients impart a deep, rich flavor.

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Baked Chicken and Veggies

This sheet pan meal is perfect for meal prep.

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Sausage Pasta

This pasta with Italian sausage and heaps of baby spinach is a satisfying 35-minute meal that’s sure to become your weeknight standby. It's perfect for cold, snowy nights.

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Sweet Potato Latte

Recipe Production Coordinator, Justine, typically enjoys Korean sweet potatoes roasted and pretty unadulterated, but this warm sweet potato latte made in the blender is calling her name right now!

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17 / 31
Whole30 Creamy Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops
Brown and juicy pork chops are covered in a creamy rosemary and mushroom sauce for an impressively easy stovetop dinner.
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18 / 31
Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken Enchilada Bowls
All the best flavors of cheesy chicken enchiladas are packed into loaded rice bowls that come together in 30 minutes.
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19 / 31
Air Fryer Miso-Ginger Salmon

Food Editor-at-Large, Christine, is keeping this weeknight salmon on repeat this month. "The marinade in this salmon is super flavorful, and the air fryer makes cooking it super easy!"

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20 / 31
Kale and Cannellini Bean Stew

This feel-good vegetarian stew is one to keep on repeat all winter long. Bonus: It freezes like a dream.

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21 / 31
Dan Dan Noodles
The secret to these dan dan noodles is in the savory, spicy, and nutty sauce.
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22 / 31
Air Fryer Tofu
Air fryer tofu has those amazing crisp edges that make fried tofu so delicious, but there’s no actual frying with this method.
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23 / 31
Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Muffins

Recipe Director, Lauren, bakes a lot of banana muffins with her 3-year-old. This version is next on their list. No surprise that they were sold on the buttery cinnamon-spiced crumb topping.

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24 / 31
Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Go ahead and swap any of your favorite nut butters into this warming breakfast.

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25 / 31
Pork and Broccoli Rice Bowls

This weeknight dinner for two comes together in just 20 minutes.

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26 / 31
Brothy Tuscan White Beans with Garlic-Fried Bread
White beans, garlic, and fresh sage are stewed in a light tomato broth and served over thick toast in this wholesome and comforting pantry recipe.
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27 / 31
Spinach-Artichoke Baked Chicken

Boneless chicken breasts are topped with a creamy, cheesy spread inspired by spinach-artichoke dip for the ultimate family-friendly comfort food.

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28 / 31
5-Ingredient No-Boil Baked Ziti

It sounds too good to be true, but it's not. This easy recipe for baked ziti doesn't call for boiling the pasta before baking.

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Oven-Baked Chex Mix

A good snack mix is a snow-day essential.

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Hot & Sour Soup with Mushrooms, Cabbage, and Rice

Packed with warming, punchy flavors, this is one of Culinary Producer Kelli's favorite soups to make in the winter.

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Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole with Cheddar & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Cold winter mornings call for long, lazy weekend breakfasts, with a hearty egg casserole at the center of the table. This vegetarian version is filled with eggs, shredded potatoes, cheddar, and sun-dried tomatoes, and can be prepped in advance so all you have to do in the morning is slide it into the oven.

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