What's for Dinner? 22 Recipes to Make in October
It's that time of day again! The kids are home from school, you're home from work, and you're staring blankly into the fridge as you ask yourself, "What should we have for dinner tonight?" This question transcends zip codes, generations, cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses. 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 for your family. We're giving you some guidelines to 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 NBC's This Is Us). 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 or a delicious sheet-pan supper (you deserve it).
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, it helps to balance all of the extra candy you'll be consuming this month around Halloween.
Sausage-and Fontina Pizza
Red-Hot Chicken and Peppers
Curried Shrimp and Noodle Soup
Seared Strip Steaks with Braised Peppers and Onion
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
General Tso's Chicken
Spicy Pork-and-Pineapple Stir-Fry
Southern Fried Cabbage with Smoked Sausage
Beet Noodles with Parsley Pesto and Parmesan
Stuffed Portobellos with Arugula-and-Bread Salad
Roasted Chicken with Kale and Tomato Panzanella
Pasta with Mushrooms, Dill, and Creme Fraiche
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches with Herbed Mayonnaise
Roasted Sausages with Cabbage and Squash
Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry with Green Beans
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.
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 fixins'—sliced avocado, sour cream, and pickled jalapeños. Serve with Blistered Shishito-Pepper Salad with Chive Vinaigrette.