What's for Dinner? 22 Weeknight Recipes to Make in August
Even when back-to-school season hits and weeknights become busier, dinner can still be a time for the family to gather together and enjoy a delicious homemade meal. In less than an hour, you can prepare a family-friendly dinner that's healthy and pleasing to all. In August, plan to stock up on ears of corn, purple-black Mission and pale-green Calimyrna figs, all different sizes of eggplant, tomatillos, chile peppers, and, of course, zucchini. On your way to and from soccer practice, stop by a local farm stand to see which fresh picks you can buy to incorporate into a weeknight bowl of pasta or serve grilled alongside chicken or fish. We're featuring these ingredients in many of the following weeknight dinner recipes for August.
Zucchini is the star of a Mediterranean-style pizza, which also features caramelized onions, feta cheese, and olives. You'll also find this favorite summer squash sharing the stage in Pork Tenderloin with Summer-Squash Couscous and Summer Smoked-Salmon Chowder. It's a good thing that zucchini is high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C because we simply can't get enough of it this time of year.
It's not summer without plenty of fresh-from-the-sea fish. Impress your family with this under 30-minute Sesame Crusted Tuna Tataki and celebrate Taco Tuesday with these Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa. Trying to cut costs and skip takeout? Stir up our Orange Pork with Watercress Rice, which makes use of the delicate leafy green for color and an added garnish. You could also make this impressive Shrimp-and-Basil Glass-Noodle Stir-Fry, which is easy to put together once you've shopped for the ingredients—we're guessing you don't have glass noodles on hand, but once you have them in the kitchen, the meal comes together quickly.
Sesame-Crusted Tuna Tataki
Skirt-Steak Skewers with Avocado and Pepper Sauce
Zucchini-and-Caramelized Onion Pizza
Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa
Orange Pork with Watercress Rice
Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl
California Bacon-Wrapped Dogs
Eggplant and Roasted-Pepper Pasta
Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas
Grilled Salmon with Rye Panzanella
Fried Rice with Chinese-Style Sausage
Fried rice cooks quickly, and you'll find that you can make it at home in the time that it would take to place an order and wait for delivery. It's also flexible, making it a great way to use what's in the fridge. This recipe stars Chinese-style sausage but feel free to substitute leftover chicken, pork or, shrimp.
Soy-Honey Glazed Arctic Char with Bok Choy
Rice and Bean Salad Bowl with Tahini Sauce
This hearty and nutritious rice bowl is a colorful, flavorful, and filling option for Meatless Monday dinner.
Artichoke-and-Spinach Skillet Pizza
Cuban Skirt Steak and Vegetables
Summer Smoked-Salmon Chowder
Green-Chile Chicken Burgers
Greek Turkey Burgers
These mini turkey burgers are served with pitas, hummus, yogurt, arugula, and cucumbers for a tasty Mediterranean-accented dinner.
Shrimp-and-Basil Glass-Noodle Stir-Fry
Pork Tenderloin with Summer-Squash Couscous
With the exception of pork tenderloin, everything needed for this dish should be pantry staples, so prepping this balanced meal will be a breeze. Grab summer squashes like zucchini, scallions, and mint from a local farm stand for the freshest possible flavor.