9 Easy Recipes for When You’re Exhausted After the Holidays

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It's normal to feel completely and utterly exhausted after the holidays. With all the gift planning, meal prepping, decorating, celebrating, and emoting, it's no wonder why we want to hibernate the moment the holiday season comes to a close. This is particularly the case when it comes to meal planning — no more feasts, please!

To help you give yourself a break after the holidays, we've curated a list of super easy recipes that won't make you even more tired than you already are.

1. Muy Bueno Cooking Red Chile Chilaquiles

In 13 minutes and with a single pan, you can have yourself some delicious chilaquiles. To make this recipe even easier, buy a bag of pre-made tortilla chips.

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2. Love & Lemons Easy Pesto Pasta

Pesto, pasta, arugula, and Parmesan are the ingredients that make up this 25-minute meal. Plus, you can use store-bought pesto to cut down on time and effort.

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3. A Cozy Kitchen Lamb Kofta

In total, this recipe takes 22 minutes and at the end, what you have is a tasty Middle Eastern meal.

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4. Cook With Manali Bombay Veggie Grilled Cheese

When we're tired and craving comfort, is there anything better than grilled cheese? This particular Bombay version can easily be made with all store-bought ingredients and sliced veggies.

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5. My Korean Kitchen Easy Fried Rice With Bacon

If you're in the mood for a quick meal, this fried rice is the ticket. It only takes 20 minutes to pull together.

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6. Cooking Classy Lemon Butter Chicken

All it takes is 30 minutes to get this lemon chicken ready for dinner.

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7. Mexico In My Kitchen Mexican Ground Beef

With this 30-minute flavorful ground beef as a foundation, you can create tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or simply serve it with rice and beans.

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8. Grandbaby Cakes Shrimp Scampi and Grits

Within 20 minutes, you'll have this garlic-y, buttery shrimp on your plate. And don't forget the grits!

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9. Chef Lola's Kitchen Chicken Club Sandwich

There is nothing easier than a sandwich. Simply put the ingredients on bread and you'll be chowing down within 20 minutes.

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When Anna Gragert isn’t trying to create a groundbreaking third-person bio for herself, she's working as the senior lifestyle editor at Hunker. Her email: anna.gragert@hunker.com

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