What's for Dinner? 21 Recipes That Are Perfect for Busy November Weeknights
When November rolls around, there's only one meal on everyone's minds: Thanksgiving! While nailing the perfect roast turkey recipe is important, there are still 20 other weeknights to prepare meals for during the month. We're here to help you whip up family-friendly dishes worthy of a spot on the table—here, we're sharing an array of delicious dinner ideas perfect for busy November weeknights.
As always, we're sharing meatless options for your Monday night dinner; you'll find a variety of vegetarian and vegan options that highlight seasonal ingredients like butternut and acorn squash, vegetable stir-fries, and cozy (meat-free!) chili recipes. After all, who doesn't want something warm and comforting on a cool autumn evening?
In addition to being able to feed a family of four and make a dinner that comes together in under one hour, we also make an effort to share recipes that are both a little different than what you're probably used to making and totally delicious. Like chicken and waffles; it might sound like a time-consuming dish but is manageable thanks to our streamlined method. You could also make a one-pan skillet dinner with cod, a hearty but mild-tasting white fish that even the pickiest of kiddos are sure to devour, with grains and vegetables.
Since your refrigerator will probably be packed with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a giant turkey during the week of Thanksgiving, keep dinner simple and light. Our recipes for that week are based on using convenient pantry staples such as pasta and whole grains. Plus, there's one very special recipe that uses turkey leftovers—and no, it's not a sandwich!
Quick-Braised Red Snapper
The first day of the month is a Friday, and that calls for an impressive 30-minute dinner. Braised with garlic, ginger, and scallions, red snapper makes a delicious Asian-inspired entrée. If you've cooked a whole fish before, know that it isn't difficult. This recipe will help you ace it. Serve with steamed brown or white rice on the side.
Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Sage
There are just seven ingredients in this streamlined dinner, and ease is what everyone needs on the first Monday of any month. Diced squash and fresh sage leaves shine with orecchiette, which translates to "little ears." It's a perfect weeknight pasta dish when you want a taste of autumn.
Skillet Pizza Diavola
Skillet Cod and Bulgur with Zucchini and Tomatoes
Pork, Mushroom, and Artichoke Fricassee
Quick Fried Chicken and Waffles
Spicy Vegetarian Chili
Make this meatless chili for a hearty dinner to keep you warm as the temperature cools down. It gets all of its might from black and kidney beans. Garnish with a variety of colorful, flavorful toppings—try jalapeño peppers, sliced avocado, and a dollop of sour cream.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Craving a ham and cheese sandwich but looking for something more special for dinner? Prepare this classic Swiss chicken dish—sliced ham and cheese get layered between a butterflied chicken breast, then pan-fried until crispy. Serve warm with a crisp salad on the side.