What's for Dinner? 23 Delicious Recipes to Make in October
It's officially fall! We're making plenty of warm soups, roasted and braised mains, and hearty seasonal vegetables for quick weeknight dinners.
It's that time of day again: The kids are home from school (or finished with a day of remote learning), you're home from work (or you've closed your laptop and left the home office), and you're staring blankly into the fridge as you ask yourself, "What should we have for dinner tonight?" When weekdays are busy and minutes fly by, it's easy to order a pizza to-go, but it's more delicious, satisfying, and enjoyable to cook a balanced and healthy meal that you and your loved ones can sit down to. Here, we're giving you some ideas and guidelines to help make preparing a weeknight dinner for your family more manageable.
Every month, we share dinner recipes that serve at least four people and take less than one hour to prepare (that means prep work, cook times, and any necessary marinating, cooling, or resting are complete in the time that it takes to watch an episode of your favorite primetime drama). We always suggest something meatless on Monday, but feel free to mix in these vegetarian and vegan recipes throughout the rest of the week, too. When Friday rolls around, we're ready to indulge, and that means whipping up something like Shrimp with Spicy Green Rice pictured here or a delicious sheet-pan supper.
Throughout the month of October, plan to stock up on hearty leafy greens like Swiss chard, spinach, and kale, winter squashes from butternut to acorn, and wild mushrooms. When you want to make an easy and healthy side dish recipe, roast or sauté any of these vegetables. Plus, a healthy side helps to balance all of the extra candy you'll be consuming this month around Halloween.
Sausage-and Fontina Pizza
Chicken-and-Gnocchi Bake with Broccolini
Broccolini is less bitter than its relative broccoli rabe, but it's less utilized than the ever-popular crowns, which is exactly why we love adding it to this family-friendly pasta recipe. Use dark meat from pre-cooked chicken to save time prepping this meal.
Soba and Sweet Potatoes in Miso-Lime Broth
We're keeping it light for dinner tonight with an aromatic miso broth filled with healthy ingredients like sweet potatoes, baby bok choy, and shiitake mushrooms. In place of the traditional mirepoix found in many soups (celery, carrots, and onions), this recipe highlights a different blend of aromatics: garlic, ginger, and scallions.
Seared-Tuna Taco Bowl
Southern Fried Cabbage with Smoked Sausage
Dutch Baby with Ham and Chives
Beet Noodles with Parsley Pesto and Parmesan
Summery Chicken and Rice Soup
Using pre-cooked shredded chicken helps this flavorful, nourishing soup come together in under one hour. For more vegetable variety, replace one cup of the squash with diced green beans or fennel.
Spicy Pork-and-Pineapple Stir-Fry
Stuffed Portobellos with Arugula-and-Bread Salad
Seared Strip Steaks with Braised Peppers and Onion
Pasta with Mushrooms, Dill, and Creme Fraiche
Beef and Cabbage Tacos
Let's hear it for Taco Tuesdays. In just 20 minutes, a mixture of spicy sautéed beef comes together, ready to be topped with all the fixings—sliced avocado, sour cream, and pickled jalapeños. Serve with Blistered Shishito-Pepper Salad with Chive Vinaigrette.
Roasted Sausages with Cabbage and Squash
Sweet-and-Sour Chicken-Noodle Bowl
Sliced, pre-cooked chicken meat gets a blast of heat from sweet chili sauce, acidity from lime juice, warmth from freshly grated ginger, and brightness from fresh cilantro—in other words, it's a perfectly balanced meal.
Super-Grain Soup with Watercress and Mushrooms
A blend of mushrooms, such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster give this soup deeper flavor, but using a single variety is great, too. Since grains take some time to cook, cook up a batch for the week on Sunday, or fast-track it with vacuum-packed, fully-cooked grains, which you can find in most grocery stores.