that can sometimes be a bit of an oxymoron for me, as i always have the post-christmas letdown and dread the long, dark months of winter. but i tend towards optimism and do enjoy a fresh start. we are working on a deep clean of the house, which means the fridge and pantry aren't safe either. the sweets and excessive (and expired) "stuff" are slowly being dumped, and more of the good stuff is coming in. real food and simple meals with few ingredients trump everything else.
ina garten's baked eggs can be served for virtually any meal, and adapted to your preferences. i omitted the heavy cream, added some roasted tomatoes, and topped with arugula.
because i'm curious-- what are you serving for simple meals these days?