Five delicious recipes to reboot and refresh

Five delicious recipes to reboot and refresh

Well, everyone, I’ve been eating a lot of cake these past few weeks, and I’ve had a great time doing so. But now I’m heading into 2024 and I’m ready to eat something lighter than butter but still full of flavour.

Maybe you’re in the same boat? If so, this week’s recipes are for you: five quick, fresh ways to reboot your cooking for the new year, or at least until the end of the season. (Speaking of: If your resolutions include eating more veggies, we’ve got plenty of dinner recipes for you and an entire newsletter dedicated to veggies.)

Contact me anytime with requests or suggestions. I’m dearemily@nytimes.com, and I’d love to hear from you. a happy new year!

This is the simple and fresh recipe you need for the New Year. It comes from award-winning cookbook author Grace Young, an expert on skillet cooking, so it seems a bit heretical — though true — to say that if you don’t have a skillet, you can make this recipe in a large skillet. (If you fall in love with it, buy yourself a frying pan! It’s an excellent frying pan and really versatile.)

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are comforting, healthy, and delicious—but there are also many ways to cook them that come across as dry, tough, and downright bad. Here comes Lady Hyuk in such an excellent way! The trick is to let the chicken soak quickly in brine – a short brine – just before cooking it. Season them however you like, then bake for 20 minutes or so.

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This creamy weeknight soup from Kay Chun actually contains no cream. A can of coconut milk makes it silky, and crushing half the squash and chickpeas thickens the final sauce. It’s very satisfying and vegetarian too.

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This is one of those recipes where you feel like you did something great for yourself by making it. Made by Ladyy Heuck, it’s quick to make and very delicious. Make it part of your repertoire in 2024.

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