What's for Dinner? 23 Recipes to Make for Dinner in June
There's nothing worse than thinking about what to make for dinner, only to come up empty. To help make mealtime a little less stressful, here are a month's worth of ideas to help you get through June: Ahead, we're sharing 23 dinner recipes that come together in less than an hour (though some recipes will be much faster than that!). We'll suggest what you can do to prep and get ahead, too. You'll find that our recipes are family-friendly, but we're stretching the boundaries. Take the California-Style Veggie Burgers, pictured here, for example. Everyone loves burgers and fries, but this one is just as flavorful and so much healthier as the beloved drive-thru meal. So, make a plan to visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
This month, we're focusing on using seasonal ingredients where possible—think zucchini, asparagus, lettuce, and new potatoes. There's also lots and lots of seafood. We're grilling, broiling, baking, and roasting as much shellfish and fresh fish as possible. And what would summer recipes be without barbecue? We know how you love to break out the grill on a weeknight, and with recipes like Grilled Chicken with Mango and Mint-Lime Dressing and Grilled Lamb Burgers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce, you'll be excited to cook outside. Plus, it's a great way to soak in a little extra sunshine.
And while we never like to get stuck in the same dinner routine, there are certain themes that help guide our dinnertime decisions. Look out for Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays, the latter of which extends to hand-held foods like burgers and sandwiches, to boot. Of course, these recipes are delicious any day of the week so cook for your cravings—you'll never have to ask yourself "What's for dinner?" again!
Campanelle with Pistachio-Mint Pesto, Asparagus, and Cherry Tomatoes
Pork Rib Chops with Sweet Peppers and Basil
In just 30 minutes, you can cook this delicious one-pan dinner with just six ingredients. First, pork chops are seared until golden brown in a cast-iron skillet. Then, transfer the chops to a plate so that the peppers, onion, and basil can cook in their flavorful juices.
Cauliflower-and-Chickpea Pitas with Creamy Yogurt Sauce
Your whole family will enjoy this plant-based meal. Cauliflower and chickpeas are seasoned with cumin and roasted until golden brown. Then they're stuffed into pitas with a zesty sauce made from cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeño peppers.
Chicken-Teriyaki Noodle Bowls
Soba-Noodle Bowl with Tofu
A super healthy, yet hearty vegan meal that comes together in under 30 minutes? Yes, please! Soba noodles are a Japanese buckwheat noodle with more fiber and protein than Italian pasta. You may need to grab a couple of ingredients, like chili sauce and sesame oil, that aren't typically pantry staples but they'll certainly be on frequent rotation once you taste their flavor.
Ground Chicken Tacos
Turkey-Pesto Meatball Soup
Whipping up a quick batch of fresh, homemade pesto makes all the difference in this meatball soup that takes 45 minutes total. It's comforting and hearty but also healthier as we use turkey instead of beef meatballs. Grab a big bunch of basil from a local farm stand after work for fresh, summery flavor.
Instant Pot Chicken Adobo and Rice
There's a reason why multi-cookers are so popular—they make dinnertime prep a breeze. We love using chicken thighs in this recipe because they're a bit fattier, more flavorful, and more forgiving than chicken breasts. Adobo is both a cooking technique and marinade that, in this recipe, is made with soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and spicy aromatics.
Bluefin Tuna with Olive, Cucumber, and Cilantro Relish
Egg "Noodle," Broccolini, and Mushroom Stir-Fry
Skip delivery and surprise your family with this quick homemade version of a lo mein stir fry. Replace regular, thick pasta noodles with these low-carb egg "noodles" made from slices of omelet. When tossed with vegetables and aromatics, the result is a healthier take on Chinese takeout favorite.
Asian Pork Buns with Bok-Choy Slaw
On Tuesdays, we're all about hand-held meals. Think of this dinner as an Asian-inspired sloppy joe that uses sambal oelek, a spicy Indonesian chili paste, and hoisin sauce, a sweet-and-salty Chinese barbecue sauce, as the base for a peppery sauce. It also makes great leftovers; just keep the bun separate until lunchtime to prevent sogginess.
Swordfish with Sicilian Oregano-Caper Sauce
We're grilling again: Meaty swordfish is glazed with a spicy, tangy sauce of garlic, red-wine vinegar, capers, pepperoncino, and fresh herbs. Serve it atop peppery arugula or alongside grilled bread rubbed with olive oil and garlic.
Herbed Spaghetti with Tomatoes and White Beans
Pork Agrodolce with Fennel and White Beans
The key to moist grilled pork chops is keeping them medium rare—anything more and they can quickly dry out. Oh, and don't flip it more than once on the grill, otherwise you won't get those photo-worthy char marks. This version relies on an agrodolce sauce—basically an Italian take on sweet-and-sour sauce—with vinegar and honey for a tart glaze.
Taco Salad with Sweet Potatoes
All the elements of a hearty Mexican dinner are here in one big vegetarian bowl. Make it vegan simply by leaving off the crumbled goat cheese when you serve.
Grilled Lamb Burgers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce
The key to lightly packed, juicy lamb burgers is not overmixing. Just a few tosses to incorporate chopped parsley into ground lamb meat will keep the burgers from drying out too quickly. Serve with crumbled feta cheese, tomato, and Greek yogurt, and don't miss the Rosemary Shoestring Fries. For a quicker side, go with a cucumber salad.
Grilled Chicken with Mango and Mint-Lime Dressing
With golden mango, pink radishes, vibrant watercress, and stark white crumbled goat cheese, this is one colorful dinner. The zesty mint-lime dressing feel so summery and does double duty here: It's a marinade for the chicken breast halves and the dressing for the salad.
Poached Salmon With Potatoes, Cucumber, and Buttermilk-Dill Dressing
Calamarata with Roasted Eggplants, Tomatoes, and Olives
This fun, ring-shaped pasta is inspired by calamari—but this recipe contains no seafood. Instead, it's tossed with a variety of colorful ingredients that pack a flavorful punch such as sweet Italian sausage, Kalamata olives, plenty of garlic, and cherry tomatoes.