16 easy recipes to make in 2016, because cooking shouldn’t be scary

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So one of your New Year’s resolutions is to cook more. And with plenty of easy recipes and ideas at your disposal, it’s a resolution that isn’t hard to stick to. It’s time to quit that takeout habit once and for all and start getting the most out of your kitchen.

It’s pretty simple to learn how to make basic dishes like spaghetti, eggs, or grilled cheese, but a little extra effort can go a long way. Instead of tossing greens with a sprinkle of store-bought dressing, try making your own salad with a homemade mix. Instead of reaching for the canned stuff, learn how to make macaroni and cheese from scratch. Once you stop relying on Seamless for dinner, you’ll end up saving a lot of money and you might even find that you really like to cook.

Get inspired by Chopped and The great British pastry fair to try something new in 2016. Whether you’re trying to reach full #newyearnewyou status with healthy New Year’s recipes or just want to learn how to finally make guacamole, these 16 recipes will guide you to becoming a really good chef. amateur. It’s time to start spending more time in the kitchen.

1. Creamy Apple and Kale Salad

It’s much easier to motivate yourself to eat healthy when you have a simple and tasty salad recipe in your arsenal. A beautiful mess‘the apple and kale combo with homemade creamy dijon dressing is a winner.

2. 20 Minute Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

Instead of ordering Italian takeout, learn how to make your favorite dishes at home. The Cooks of Averie uses cashew milk to make homemade Alfredo sauce a little healthier.

3. Fast Vegan Chana Masala

A dish full of chickpeas makes for an easy dinner that’s also very nutritious. Cookie and Kate knows how to prepare comfort food that is also good for you.

4. Spinach red lentil curry

This curry of Naturally Ella is the ultimate weeknight dinner. Bonus: you can do this in a jar, so there’s minimal cleanup.

5. Easy Homemade Ciabatta

Nothing like baking your own bread. pancakes of angerThe ciabatta requires only five minutes of kneading, making it a good option for the busy baker.

6. Guacamole

You deserve to have as much guacamole as you want. I am a food blogger shows that it’s super easy to do at home, so now the ball is in your court.

7. Overnight vegan oats

With Oh she shines‘ easy overnight oatmeal recipe, you’ll never struggle to find a quick and tasty breakfast again.

8. Easy Black Bean Soup

Once you’re armed with a can of black beans and some vegetable broth, it’s practically irresistible to make A beautiful mess‘simple spicy soup.

9. Easy Brown Rice Risotto

If you want to impress diners, risotto is the way to go. Cookie and KateThe mushroom version of requires minimal shaking with guaranteed maximum flavor.

10. Black Bean Burrito with Guacamole

2016 is the year you stop wasting your paycheck on store-bought burritos with guac (you to know it costs more). Prepare yours at home with the help of Naturally Ella for more satisfaction and a few dollars saved.

11. Potato frittata

Want an easy way to save money? Have brunch at home instead of going out. This potato frittata by A Cozy Kitchen is simple enough for a novice chef to master, yet delicious enough that you won’t miss your favorite brunch too much.

12. Easy Pad Thai

Give takeout a break. Pad Thai can be a bit difficult for beginners, but luckily Hot kitchen breaks down the process step by step in a very helpful guide.

13. One Pot Spaghetti Tomato Basil And Burrata

By now, you’ve probably heard of the magic of one-pot pasta. But I am a food blogger shows it can be so much better just with the addition of some burrata. It’s time to step up your pasta game.

14. Easy French Ratatouille

If you want to add more vegetables to your diet, ratatouille is the way to go. The kitchen knows how to cook tomatoes, aubergines and peppers to perfection.

15. Three Ingredient Mini Stuffed Peppers

With just cheese, peppers and honey, A Spicy PerspectiveMini Stuffed Peppers are as easy to make as they are addictive.

16. Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Of course, boxed macaroni and cheese is super convenient. But once you make it home with The kitchen‘s recipe, there is no turning back.

For more cooking inspiration and ideas, check out Hustle on YouTube.

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