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29 New Year’s Resolutions for Food Lovers

Hey, food lovers: Here's what to put on your annual bucket list. Learn something new, get organized and even save some money to make this your best year yet.

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Make a new recipe each week.

It’s not as hard as you think, and our January Meal Plan makes it even easier! You don’t have to choose a dinner dish; any recipe counts.

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Expand your go-to list of weeknight meals.


It’s all too easy to get into a dinner rut, so increase your go-to recipe collection to improve your odds of choosing eat-in instead of ordering out. Check out these restaurant recipes you can make at home.

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Learn how to make homemade mac and cheese.

We all loved the blue box as kids and probably still see it as a quick and effortless option. You’ll be surprised to know that homemade mac and cheese isn’t that hard to make, if you’re in the mood for something different!

Here’s the recipe.

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Find a healthy favorite at a drive-thru.

Fries are delicious but they won’t help you with that other resolution you make every year. Here are the healthiest fast-food items you can order.

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Actually eat leftovers.


Leftovers don’t have to be boring, and they often make for a weeknight meal in mere minutes. Sunday’s roast chicken can become tonight’s barbecue chicken quesadillas. We have 100+ more ideas for your leftover chicken.

(Here’s how long leftovers keep.)

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Donate to a local food pantry.


Your donation doesn’t have to be grand; every little bit helps, and nonprofits across the country (like Feeding America) have learned how to stretch a single dollar to feed 20 people. That means a $5 donation will provide food for 100 people—isn’t that fantastic?

If you prefer to buy and give food items, find out what food banks need most.

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Learn the right way to pronounce foodie words.


Sometimes to-may-toe / to-mah-toe matters! We’ve rounded up the most commonly mispronounced food words.

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Dust off that kitchen appliance.


You might use a slow cooker regularly, but when was the last time you made waffles? Did you get an Instant Pot for Christmas? Open up that box and try one of these awesome pressure-cooker recipes today.

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Take time to make breakfast.


Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Challenge yourself to make breakfast at home at least three days a week. Your body and wallet will thank you. Check out 10 tasty breakfasts that clock in at under 200 calories.

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Give up sugar for one week.


It’s not just diabetics who should be avoiding added sugar. Find out how to ditch that sugar addiction with our seven-day sugar-free meal plan.

And be on the lookout for hidden sugar in ingredients: Watch out for these buzzwords.

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Pack your lunches.


We promise, you’ll be glad you took the time. Not only will the meal be cheaper and healthier, you’ll also have more time to eat it. Waiting in line to buy lunch can take up your entire break. Save yourself the hassle and gain a little midday downtime by packing one of our quick and easy lunch recipes.

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Eat more vegetables.


According to the USDA’s food pyramid, we should be eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day. You read that right, seven! Fortunately, there are sneaky ways to squeeze those servings into your menu.

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Make a condiment from scratch.


Impress friends and neighbors at the next block party by bringing fresh condiments made by YOU. From ranch dressing to spicy ketchup, these Taste of Home recipes always come through.

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Invite a friend to share a meal.


Amid today’s technology overload, take the time to turn everything off and share a meal with a friend. You’ll be amazed at how a little time spent with friends over something as uncomplicated as muffins and coffee will boost your morale for the week. Speaking of muffins, try our favorites.

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Master perfect eggs.


Although it’s not difficult, cooking eggs can be tricky. From avoiding green rings in hard-boiled eggs to keeping those yolks unbroken, learn the basics of perfect egg cooking from our experts.

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Make tomato sauce from scratch.


Tomato sauce is one of the simplest recipes, and once you know how to make it homemade, you’ll never turn to a jar again. Whether it’s marinara or pizza sauce, one taste and you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

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Perfectly roast a whole chicken.


Roast chicken, golden brown and juicy, is a thing of culinary beauty, a stunning centerpiece that’s super easy to make at home. Our Test Kitchen has the tips to make you a pro.

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Create a well-stocked pantry.


A smartly filled pantry is the key to getting dinner on the table in a flash. Even when the fridge is bare, a well-stocked pantry can save the day. Check out our recipes that count on pantry ingredients.

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Cook a new-to-you whole grain.


There’s an abundance of whole grains on the market now. Don’t limit yourself to brown rice. Try quinoa or bulgar for something new. We offer some amazing new ways to love whole grains. Not sure how to cook them properly? We’ve covered that for you, too.

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Bake bread from scratch.


There is nothing closer to heaven on earth than fresh, warm bread slathered in butter (unless you’re diet is gluten-free, of course). Making it at home isn’t as difficult as you’d think. Learn how easy it is, and if you’re eating gluten-free, be sure to check out this recipe for making gluten-free sandwich bread.

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Try your hand at meal planning.


Take the pressure off weeknights by planning your menu ahead. Not only will you reduce dinner stress, you’ll have a happier family come dinner time. Check out these brilliant menu-planning options.

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Master the perfect cheesecake.


Cheesecake is a classic dessert, but making it from scratch can be intimidating. Avoid cracks and spills with essential ways to ensure success. Our handy how-to will help master this delish treat.

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Ask for your favorite family recipes.


Someday you’re going to want these recipes, trust us. Family recipes are like timeless heirlooms, handed down through generations and loved by all. Take the time to sit down with the cook in your family and get recipes written on paper. We love these timeless tips our Test Kitchen has learned.

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Make hummus from scratch.


Hummus is a breeze to whip up. Simply dump ingredients into a food processor and give it a whirl; in just a few seconds you have fresh hummus. The best part is, you can make a big batch and freeze the extra. Try our easiest recipe.

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Skip the coffee shop for a month.


Do you find yourself giving in to the gourmet coffee shop siren song each morning? We all know the cost of those coffee variations can add up. Skip the morning stop and make a specialty drink at home using our favorite java recipes. You can make enough to share for half the price.

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Learn to make bone broth.


Bone broth is one of the latest, greatest health food crazes. But you don’t have to pay big bucks to reap the benefits. Learn how to make your own at home.

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Host a brunch.


Dinner parties are fun, but brunch is the bomb! With a blend of breakfast and lunch dishes, there’s something for everyone. Then you can settle in for an afternoon of Netflix and naps. Follow our advice for hosting a stress-free brunch party.

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Clean out your spice rack.


Yes, I know the bottle is full. Yes, I know you don’t like to be wasteful. But here’s the deal: Old spices have no flavor. Take the time to check your spices for freshness. Your taste buds will thank you. Bonus points: Learn how to make your own spice mixes.

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Surprise a neighbor with warm cookies.


Cookies are the perfect surprise for anyone. Whether you bake up a batch of favorites or try a new-to-you recipe, you can rest assured that you’ll put a smile on someone’s face when you hand off that plate of goodies. Try these yummy recipes to get you started.

Sue Stetzel
Sue has been part of the Taste of Home family for over 16 years. Her collection of magazines dates back to the premier issue in 1993. When she isn’t writing, she’s answer your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Volunteer Field Editors.