What's for Dinner? 21 Weeknight Recipes to Make All September Long
With the start of the school year in full swing, weeknights become a whole lot busier. However, that doesn't mean you have to stop feeling good about what you serve your family. A repertoire of quick and delicious meals means getting dinner on the table (and ensuring the entire family is well-fed) is a breeze, and that's true no matter how jam-packed your afternoon schedule is.
Just as school has rules, we have a few for getting dinner on the table with minimal fuss on weeknights—we think you'll like them. First, every recipe needs to be prepared and ready to eat in less than hour. Second, these meals need to be family-friendly, meaning balanced, able to feed at least four people, and something even kids will enjoy. Finally, every recipe needs to be easy—that means you should have the majority of ingredients on hand already and that there's no fancy equipment or techniques necessary.
We also have some additional guidelines that you can choose to follow if you please: Monday's are meatless, so expect plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to carry you through the month. Tuesday's are inspired by Taco Tuesday, so each recipe is a handheld bite—think hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps, and yes tacos! On Friday we like to indulge a bit more. In celebration of making it through the week we go for something like steak or sea bass. Feel free to mix and match these recipes based on whatever you're craving or have in the refrigerator.
All of our family-friendly weeknight dinner recipes feature a variety of proteins, including chicken, pork, shellfish, and fish. We're also featuring plenty of late summer seasonal vegetables, including eggplant, bell peppers, and the first autumnal squash. In 60 minutes (or as few as 20 minutes), dinner is served!
Roasted-Vegetable Couscous Bowl
California Bacon-Wrapped Dogs
Bacon Pasta with Cheese Sauce and Thyme
Skirt Steak and Corn with Chimichurri
Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs
Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Broiled Pork Chops with Yellow-Pepper Puttanesca
Pasta with Cilantro-Almond Pesto
Roasted Sea Bass with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Salsa Rustica
Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce
Get all the satisfaction of a hearty steak without eating meat this Monday. A giant head of cauliflower gets roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then served alongside Romesco sauce (red bell peppers, almonds, tomato paste, and garlic). It's the perfect flavorful sauce for a blank canvas like cauliflower.
Fish Taco Bowl with Lime Crema
Thyme-and-Sesame-Crusted Chicken Thighs
Broken Wonton Soup
Who needs takeout when you can make this simple, savory, and warming soup? It's satisfying thanks to sausage and wonton wrapper noodles and packed with flavor from ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. This is a recipe you'll continue to make through fall and winter.