What's for Dinner? 23 Weeknight Dinner Recipes Just Right for July
This month, we're getting into summer everything every night for dinner and cooking with as many fresh and seasonal ingredients as possible. Here, we're sharing recipes for weeknight dinner recipes your family will love.
Summer produce is at its peak and there are Fourth of July parties, backyard barbecues, and weekend getaways on the horizon. What does it all mean? That July is a great month for delicious food. While weekends are sure to be full of platters of grilled meat, fresh vegetables, and glorious sheet cakes, during the week you need dinner to be fast. Here, we're sharing 22 dinner ideas (one for every weeknight of the month) that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time. Some recipes will be much faster than that, and we'll even suggest what you can do to prep ahead and cut down on weeknight work.
Our recipe selection starts with the Chicken Bolognese with Tagliatelle that's pictured here. Sure, a warm pasta dish might not seem like an obvious fit for a hot summer night, but we love it because this meal comes together fast and is worth the time you'll spend at the stove. And you'll find other pasta recipes in the mix (after all, it's a quick-cooking, crowd-pleasing route to dinner), and they're packed with summer produce, like zucchini.
As we're celebrating peak summer produce this month, look out for vegetarian dinner recipes like Grilled-Eggplant Parmesan and Pressure-Cooker Corn Risotto; both are healthy and easy to prepare on a weeknight, and while they're ideal for Meatless Monday, we think your family will enjoy these meals any night of the week. Also expect main dish salads, including our Ginger Pork Salad which is made with quick cooking boneless pork chops, broccoli and brown rice, as well as a Curried Lentil-Salmon Salad with arugula, and cucumbers. They're filling but also crunchy and fresh.
And the seafood dishes don't end with that one; you'll find there are several seafood meals in the slides ahead, including a broiled fish dinner that comes together in just 15 minutes (you know you'll be adding this recipe to your regular repertoire) and shrimp tacos that will delight every member of your family.
Use our weeknight recipe ideas as inspiration for what to cook, either following them to a tee or riffing on them using what you have on hand or what you love to eat. Swap chicken thighs for pork chops, brown rice for white, gluten-free tortillas for wheat ones, and grill rather than broil—and be sure to check our other recipes for dinnertime inspiration.
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
Pressure-Cooker Corn Risotto
When creamy risotto meets fresh corn, the result is a super summery meal. This recipe can be made in a pressure or multi-cooker and comes together in 30 minutes.When you make risotto on the stovetop it needs constant tending, but in one of these handy appliances, it's mostly hands-off. As an added bonus, this cooking method keeps the kitchen cool, too.
Broiled Fish with Summer Salad Recipe
Blistered Green-Bean and Corn Frittata
Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! This family-friendly meal uses plenty of seasonal summer produce. There are green beans, and fresh corn in the easy frittata and juicy cherry tomatoes with fresh parsley for a side.
Pressed Chicken with Okra Succotash
This take on succotash is a great way to use a multitude of late-summer veg; our method is essentially a stir-fry. And the chicken? Pressing it with a weighted skillet is a quick route to a really flavorful bird. The meat is juicy and tastes like it was roasted, and the juices make an almost instant gravy.
Grilled Vegetables and White-Bean Fattoush
This colorful vegetarian meal brightens the start of the week. Brush an array of bell peppers with olive oil and harissa powder, then grill until charred. Arrange them alongside escarole, canned beans, feta cheese, and plenty of fresh herbs and serve with chips made from grilled pita.
Poached-Chicken Cups with Ginger-Scallion Oil
This recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients and the flavors really shine. It's a fresh, vibrant pairing of tender, perfectly cooked chicken served in crunchy lettuce cups with quick-pickled carrot ribbons (no carbs here!). And once you have the ginger-scallion oil down you'll be making it all the time. It's super versatile and so delicious.
When hoagie rolls are filled with seared skirt steak, sliced tomato and avocado, and a spoonful of black beans the result is a satisfying main course. This take on a Mexican street-food favorite, the pepito, is delicious served with a salad of baby lettuces, arugula, or whatever greens you have on hand.
Pasta with Zucchini, Mint, and Pecorino Recipe
Lamb, Tomato, and Mint Kebabs
This is a total winner of a dinner, easy and delicious. If you haven't grilled lamb before, you'll really be pleased with these juicy chunks. Mint is the perfect partner and gives these skewers a Greek flair. Serve with a big leafy salad and plenty of rice or pita bread.
Rice and Bean Salad Bowl with Tahini Sauce
Made with canned chickpeas plus black and kidney beans, this hearty and nutritious rice bowl is a colorful, flavorful, and filling option for a Meatless Monday dinner.
Pasta with No-Cook Puttanesca Sauce
Here's a 20-minute pasta with a no-cook sauce; in short, it's a dish you'll be making on repeat. Fresh tomatoes meet briny olives and capers in this fresh take on the classic Italian dish. Toss with a touch of pasta water and Pecorino Romano once the noodles are ready, and dinner is served.
Curried Lentil-Salmon Salad
If you're short on time come hump day, make this 30-minute dinner salad. It starts with cooked lentils (vacuum-packed or canned are fine) and salmon filet. The fish is seasoned with soy sauce and honey then broiled—so fast! A big swirl of strained yogurt, plus baby arugula and sliced cucumbers, bring it all together.
Lemon-Ginger Chicken and Green Beans
Here's another 30-minute dinner. It starts with skinless, boneless chicken breasts: They're seared first, then finished in a poaching liquid flavored with fresh ginger, which helps keep them moist. Serve with a fast side of couscous and a crunchy cucumber-tomato salad.
Grilled Vegetable Pizzas
Using flatbreads makes it easy to prepare pizza for dinner. Choose a hearty blend of vegetables such as shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, Lacinato kale, and red onions to grill for toppings. There's no red sauce needed but there is plenty of mozzarella and the pizzas are drizzled with vinaigrette as they come off the grill.
Gnocchi with Peas and Egg
Shrimp Skewers with Chopped Zucchini Salad
Spicy Basil Chicken Stir Fry
Bucatini with Roasted and Fresh Tomatoes
The combination of roasted and fresh tomatoes is a welcome pairing in this weeknight pasta. Each portion is finished with a dollop of fresh ricotta, which creates a silky sauce with the tomato juices. Garlicky croutons and fresh basil finish the dish and bring crunch and color.
Easy enough for a weeknight, fancy enough for company, this meal just might be your new summer go-to. It's a super Mediterranean-flavored dinner: Meaty white-fleshed fish such as cod or monkfish meets white wine, pitted olives, capers, and olive oil, and they all cook in a skillet on the grill. Serve right from the pan with plenty—repeat plenty—of crusty bread to sop up the sauce.
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