20 F*ck-Up-Proof Dinner Party Dishes

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. 

These delicious, uncomplicated recipes can serve lots of hungry people without forcing you to spend the whole day in the kitchen and/or all of the money. Huzzah! Bring on the wine.

1. Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas


2. Three-Bean Chili

3 bean chili

3. Stovetop Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese

4. Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles

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5. Zucchini Spaghetti with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil


6. Thai Quinoa Burgers

quinoa burger

7. Tomato Ricotta Phyllo Tart

phyllo tart

8. Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Jalapeno Lime Dressing

roasted cauliflower quinoa

9. Mushroom Florentine Pasta


10. Lentil Almond Stir-Fry


11. Kale and Sweet Potato Quesadillas


12. Thai Red Curry


13. One Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

one pot creamy pasta

14. Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa


15. Carrot Tahini Quinoa Burgers with Tzatziki


16. Spicy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

tortilla soup

17. Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Tofu


18. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups


19. Moroccan Sweet Potato Sunshine Salad


20. Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable Stew)


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Maree lives in Berlin and is usually carrying some sort of Tupperware product on her person. She's written for Marie Claire, The Rumpus, and Teen Vogue, but still has not fulfilled her lifelong dream of seeing a real blue-footed booby. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and probably the dance floor.

Maree has written 24 articles for us.


  1. Lasagna roll-ups are the greatest thing. No more struggling to divvy up portions. No more uneven slicing. No more layers sliding off of each other while you’re eating it.

  2. Another link dump heading to the recipe folder in my bookmarks! I’d also like to request a collection of low-sodium recipes for a future post. :)

  3. “20 F*ck-Up-Proof Dinner Party Dishes”

    Challenge accepted. I’ve found I can fuck up almost any recipe. :p

    Though seriously, I like this, so I’ll probably try a few of them that look pretty good to me!

    • I fucked up instant mac n cheese once…. nearly burned down the kitchen.

      But now I can cook. Takes a lot of practice and fucking up. Good luck.

      • I did that too! It was technically the first thing I ever cooked for my girlfriend, but I can cook okay now.

  4. I happened across this article while waiting for my spinach lasagna roll ups to bake…it’s like this post was some kind of delicious prophecy. Thanks for the links Maree!

  5. first thought: omg yum yes, this goes into my bookmarks, Maree is the best, I love autostraddle!

    second thought: damn now I’m hungry, lunch is still 1h30 away and I know it won’t be this great… but the first thought trumps the second ! :)

    • I feel you. However, dinner is only a few more hours away than lunch, and then all of this can be yours.

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