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Best Recipes to Make Before the End of 2019

13 Best Recipes to Make Before the End of 2019! Our favorite treats, soups, tacos, and more that we’re making to close out the year.

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Fun fact: at the time this is written, there are almost 1,000 recipes on Pinch of Yum. ONE THOUSAND RECIPES. That’s enough for a different recipe every day for like…almost three years? Woah.

Right now, life is a mix of busy busy busy but also whimsy and magical, and sometimes you just need someone to tell you what to eat around the holidays. We have options (930, to be exact) but there are a few that we just keep coming back to.

They’re the basic, yummy, (mostly) un-fussy recipes that become your weeknight/every night standbys. Some might be tried-and-true, and some brand new.

Either way: these are the recipes that are begging to be made before 2019 comes to a close.

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The Best Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup

Crockpot lentil soup with cheese in a bowl with spoon and pieces of bread on the side.

One of the top-rated soups on all of Pinch of Yum. Clean-eating friendly and simple to make, with onions, garlic, carrots, olive oil, squash, and LENTILS!

Get the recipe here.

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Feel-Good Apple Muffins

Toasted almonds on top of perfectly cooked muffins.

We have a major thing for these muffins. Simple unrefined ingredients that you just blend up and pour. MAGIC.

Get the recipe here.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

A big bowl of noodles with ragu and ricotta cheese.

The easiest cold-weather comfort food. Let it slow cook all day in a crockpot and pile on top of fresh pappardelle.

Get the recipe here.

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The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken Tinga Tacos in a row.

It really, honestly, does not get any more delicious than this. Spicy, saucy, simple, and so fresh. 

Get the recipe here.

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Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake

A plate holding a piece of Cinnamon Sugar Apple cake with a piece cut by a fork.

Apple Cake that is light and fluffy, loaded with fresh apples, and topped with a crunchy cinnamon sugar layer.

Get the recipe here.

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Sunday Chili

A meaty chili with beans.

If it’s a Sunday afternoon and you don’t have a giant pot of chili simmering on the stove, what are you even doing?

Get the recipe here.

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Pumpkin Rigatoni with Rosemary Walnut Crispies

Pasta in a dish with a fork on it.

Flavor + texture perfection, right here. A creamy pumpkin sauce, some chewy rigatoni, and a heap of rosemary walnut crispies. Say it again for everyone in the back: CRISPIES.

Get the recipe here.

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Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

Hands spoon Wild Rice Soup in a bowl.

If there’s one recipe on our winter hits playlist, this is it. Creamy, simple, and hands-off ready in under an hour.

Get the recipe here.

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Easy Crockpot Carnitas

A bowl filled with carnitas and a slice of lime.

Tacos for life. And these crispy crockpot carnitas? The star of any game day, any dinner party, any regular Tuesday dinner.

Get the recipe here.

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Best Anytime Baked Chicken Meatballs

Chicken meatballs next to a bowl of dipping sauce.

These meatballs are a game-changer just on their own or in just about any recipe (see here and here). Easy to mix, hands-off to make, and yummiest to eat.

Get the recipe here.

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The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies and a class of milk

The most-reviewed recipe on all of POY! Ultra thick, soft, classic chocolate chip cookies.

Get the recipe here.

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Miracle No Knead Bread

Baked No Knead Bread.

We aren’t kidding when we say this is a miracle. Just mix, let it rest, and bake (and add some cheese if you wanna).

Get the recipe here.

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Yummy Salmon Burgers with Slaw

Salmon Burger on a plate with slaw.

STUPIDLY EASY salmon burgers on top of a bed of creamy, crunchy slaw. The texture? The flavor? Yes and yes. This is a weekly healthy-eating staple around these parts.

Get the recipe here.


We love food, and we love you all, and we hereby send you forth into the world to make these recipes before the end of the year!

Anything recipes would add to the list? You know we’re all about it.

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24 Comments

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    Stephen Tyrrell

    G’day Lindsay
    It’s mid summer in the land of Oz but I will try a few of these anyhoo. Salmon burgers are a favourite.

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    Rachael

    I actually just made the chicken tinga tacos earlier this week! With rotisserie chicken, they are SO simple and SO delicious. Always a huge hit in our household!

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    Jessica

    I make 8 of these recipes on the reg! I need to try the no knead bread next.

    One recipe missing from the list is the pork pitas from the feeding a broken heart series. They are my husbands favorite!

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    sarah

    Almost 1000 recipes? Are you going to majorly celebrate when you hit publish on #1000? Congratulations!

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    Sarah

    Several of these are in our regular rotation. The meatballs have been on repeat this year! Makes me want to try to rest ASAP. Happy Holidays!

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      Jeanette

      The tingas are very good. Thanks for turning me on to cotija. Don’t know how I’ve lived without that! The carnitas were a hit in my house as well.

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    Hillary

    Those apple muffins!!! We made them yesterday and I enjoyed one for breakfast before teaching a barre class. Perfect!!!