What To Make To Celebrate Tax Day

10 low-lift meals to celebrate the end of tax season

Filing your taxes is mentally exhausting: the thought of doing (gasp!) math; having to remember every 1099, INT and WTF form; and the constant fear of the IRS. Even if you just pressed a few buttons and let TurboTax do its thing, we're still primed to never completely trust technology.

As long as you handed in your homework on time, the hard part is over. While others are splurging at the nearest high-rolling restaurant, we're more inclined to kick back on the sofa after all that hard work next to a speedily made plate of French toast. So here are 10 low-lift dinners you can make tonight—you've done enough thinking for a while.

This article was originally published on 4/18/16 and was updated by Delia Mooney with additional recipes and photography on 4/17/17.


Any recipe that allows (or encourages) bread scooping instead of using a fork is clearly a superior one. If you're feeling supremely lazy, you could skip the first step and make the whole thing on the stovetop.

Penne Arrabiata

If you can pop the lid off a can and boil a pot of pasta, you'll have no problem with this quick weeknight meal. Adjust the heat level as you like by playing with the amount of crushed red pepper.

Slow Cooker al Pastor

Prep in the morning, go to work, head home and eat tacos. Doesn't get any bette than that.

Pimento Grilled Cheese

After finally finishing your taxes, you don't deserve just any old grilled cheese. As a certified grown-up, drop the rubbery slices in favor of this tangy, pimento-laden sandwich stuffed with tomatoes and pickled jalapeños.

Classic French Omelet

All you really need are eggs and butter to make a Julia Child-approved dinner, but take the extra minute to chop a handful of fresh herbs. They count as eating your greens.

Sheet Pan Spatchcocked Chicken, Mushrooms and Kale

Dinner doesn't have to be as complicated as tracking down your W-2s, so keep it simple with a sheet pan meal that's ready in just 40 minutes.

Malted Pancakes with Hazelnut Maple Syrup

Breakfast for dinner? Sure, especially when you might have missed your morning meal because you were running to mail your return in on time. Spice up these light and fluffy pancakes with homemade hazelnut maple syrup.

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Made with three types of cheeses—Gruyère, cheddar and Velveeta—this easy weeknight meal is the ultimate post-tax comfort food.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Garlic, Lemon and Greek Olives

Keep it simple this Tax Day with a one-pot wonder of lemony braised chicken thighs, which comes together in just under an hour.

No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cheesecake

We're not saying this should be dinner necessarily, just that a well-earned slice should definitely make its way into your stomach.