Our Favorite Dinners from a Whole Year of Cooking

As we start to reflect on 2018, we Kitchn editors can’t help but think back on all the dinners we churned out. Some were leisurely affairs, others were fast and fancy, and many were minor miracles. All, however, kept us and our families happy and fed. Here are our favorite things we cooked this year.

1. Stuffed Eggplant Parm

Most eggplant Parmesan recipes involve a few more steps than I usually like for a weeknight meal, but this version comes together a lot quicker and turns out — dare I say — even more majestic-looking than the regular kind. — Lauren Masur, Staff Writer

2. Egg Roll Skillet

I turn to this recipe anytime I want dinner to be convenient, flavorful, and healthful. The bagged coleslaw mix is such a smart time-saver. I often add crunchy Chinese noodles as a garnish to give it even more of a takeout feel. — Tracey Gertler, Production Assistant

3. One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo

This recipe has become a staple for family dinner: It cooks faster than we can order takeout and everyone loves it. Plus the ingredients are inexpensive so I can always keep them on hand for when my meal plan goes awry. — Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor

4. Easy 5-Ingredient Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Even us vegetarians crave a burger sometimes — not for the meat, but for the satisfying combo of a crispy patty and a handful of savory toppings sandwiched between a toasted bun. This smart recipe is the easiest way to satisfy that craving because the burgers are on the table in just 30 minutes. — Grace Elkus, Senior Food Editor

5. Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

I talk about this recipe incessantly, but it’s seriously so good. I am a huge cauliflower fan and am always looking for excuses to squeeze it into my dinners. This ingenious method makes the creamiest sauce and pads my cheesy pasta nights with an extra serving of veggies! — Lauren Kodiak, Managing Editor

6. Jamaican Skillet Chicken Dinner

This recipe was an instant hit from the first time I made it, and I still think about it all the time. What I really love about it is the way every single component in the skillet works together — the chicken is spicy, but not overwhelming, and it’s really well-balanced by the rich and creamy, vinegar-tinged coconut rice. – Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor

7. How To Make the Best Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil

This was my first time grilling fish and I honestly couldn’t believe how simple it was. I hardly had to pay any attention to it while it cooked. I also loved the flavor and the lack of cleanup! – Kaitlin Garske, Senior Social Media Editor

8. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

What I love about this recipe is how much greater it is than the sum of its parts. It’s the ultimate pantry dinner — just pasta, lots of garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes — yet it’s ridiculously flavorful and most importantly, so comforting. – Sheela Prakash, Assistant Food Editor

What was your favorite dinner that you cooked this year? Tell us below.

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