10 easy and fresh post-vacation dinner recipes

Welcome home! You have no food in the house and you must eat vegetables. These light dinner recipes are here to ease you back in to real life.

10 easy and fresh post-vacation dinner recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Fresh post-vacation recipes

Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

No groceries in the house? No problem! A quick stop at the store yields everything you need (three cheers for rotisserie chicken!) for these light and simple salad rolls. Task the kids with rolling their own while you do those 10 million other things that come with the returning home from vacay. Get the recipe: Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

tray of homemade Vietnamese rolls with fish sauce

Spaghetti with Pesto and Zucchini Threads

Pasta is always easy. This one stars zucchini noodles and light pesto to make up for all the greens you didn’t get enough of on holiday. Get the recipe: Spaghetti with Pesto and Zucchini Threads

bowl of spaghetti with zucchini noodles and black pepperPhoto: Jodi Pudge


Pork Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are easy to make and keep dinner fun—which you’ll need as you get back to reality. Get the recipe: Pork Lettuce Wraps

Iceberg lettuce stuffed with ground pork and veggies

Farfalle with Roast Chicken, Spring Veggies and Parmesan

Here’s rotisserie chicken saving the day again. Shred it up in your fave pasta and add some frozen peas. Ease back into real life, would ya? Get the recipe: Farfalle with Roast Chicken, Spring Veggies and Parmesan

bowl of bowtie pasta with chicken, asparagus, red onion and grated Parmesan

Corn and Squash Succotash

Post-vacation let-down is tough, so bring a little colour to dinner. The edamame gives this hash a protein boost, but if you’re after more, it pairs nicely with some mild Italian sausage. Get the recipe: Corn and Squash Succotash

plate of fresh corn, edamame and chopped veggiesPhoto: Erik Putz


Shaved Carrot, Fennel and Bok Choy Salad

Don’t be intimidated by tofu. Sure, it looks like a weird sponge—and because of that it absorbs whatever marinade you toss it in, then crisps up nicely. These tofu croutons truly take the dish from OK to HOLY YES GIVE ME THIS EVERY DAY! Get the recipe: Shaved Carrot, Fennel and Bok Choy Salad

10 easy and fresh post-vacation dinner recipes

Fresh Pea and Edamame Soup with Mint and Feta

Because after all that decadent eating you did on vacation, sometimes a simple soup is just what you want. It’s fresh, it’s delicious and it had us at crumbled feta. Get the recipe: Fresh Pea and Edamame Soup with Mint and Feta

bowl of green pea soup with fresh mint and crumbled feta for garnish

Miso-Maple Tofu Kebabs

Trust us, even meat eaters will be all about these sticky-sweet skewers. Simple is the name of the game here: This meal comes together in 40 min, but 20 min of that is completely inactive—soaking skewers and heating the grill. No sweat. Get the recipe: Miso-Maple Tofu Kebabs

kebabs with grilled tofu and veggiesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Dish

This light, veg-based room-temperature dish is very nearly no cook: Soba noodles (made from buckwheat and deliciously nutty) boil up in 4 min—you can’t even whisk the dressing that fast. Get the recipe: Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Dish

plate of soba noodle salad with peppersPhoto: Erik Putz

Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

Here’s the beauty of this sandwich: Anything goes. Not too meat or cheese-heavy, crisp veggies like green beans and lettuce and slivers of apple make up the beauteous bulk here. Get the recipe: Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

thick sandwich filled with ham, cheese, apple and lettucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on May 31, 2019

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