What's for Dinner? 21 Weeknight Recipes to Make in August
Even when back-to-school season hits (whether in-person or virtually) 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, such as the Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas, pictured here.
In August, plan to stock up on ears of corn, figs, all different sizes of eggplant, tomatillos, chile peppers, and, of course, zucchini. Take a few minutes out of your day to 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 seafood. Impress your family with an under 30-minute Soy-Honey-Glazed Arctic Char and celebrate Taco Tuesday with our Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa. Trying to cut costs and skip takeout? Stir up our Moo-Shu-Pork Stir-Fry. You could also make this impressive Ravioli with Roasted Eggplants, Tomatoes, and Capers (and no one will know it uses store-bought ravioli—it's just that good)!
Sesame-Crusted Tuna Tataki
Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl
Rice and grain bowls are tasty options when you want a lighter dinner. Mix and match your favorite toppings like black beans, corn, creamy avocado slices, and brightly colored red cabbage in this chicken-centric dinner.
Prosciutto Carbonara with Spinach
Make this savory, satisfying pasta in just 30 minutes. It's a meal the whole family will enjoy. The combination of eggs, egg yolks, and Pecorino Romano cheese creates the creamy sauce that coats rigatoni.
Grilled Salmon with Rye Panzanella
California Bacon-Wrapped Dogs
Ravioli with Roasted Eggplants, Tomatoes, and Capers
Soy-Honey Glazed Arctic Char with Bok Choy
Greek Turkey Burgers
These mini turkey burgers are served with pitas, hummus, yogurt, arugula, and cucumbers for a tasty Mediterranean-accented dinner.
Drunken Mussels with Chorizo and White Beans
Eggplant and Roasted-Pepper Pasta
Fried Rice with Chinese-Style Sausage
Cuban Skirt Steak and Vegetables
Artichoke-and-Spinach Skillet Pizza
Sausage-and-Peppers Pasta with Almond Frico
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.
Summer Smoked-Salmon Chowder
Pork Tenderloin with Summer-Squash Couscous
With the exception of pork tenderloin, everything needed for this dish should already be in your pantry, 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.
Mafaldine with Shrimp and Lemon
This simple seafood pasta dish is totally kid-friendly. Your little ones will love twirling ruffled mafaldine pasta around their forks and a duo of lemon and crème fraiché add just a touch of tang.