What's for Dinner? 23 Family-Friendly Recipes Perfect for Weeknights in January
Let's face it: In the middle of winter, the most appealing dinner recipe is one that will be warm and hearty. We've got you covered with 23 spectacular, family-friendly dinner recipes that take less than one hour to prepare.
As always, Mondays are completely meatless so whether you're vegetarian or just wanted to start the week off with a plant-based meal, our recipes will do the trick. The Roasted-Carrot Niçoise, pictured here, is the perfect example. The traditional version of this salad from the south of France is made with tuna but we swapped in roasted carrots; the rest of the accompaniments—haricot verts, hard-boiled eggs, and black olives—are total classics.
When temperatures are in the single digits for many parts of the country, stews are a staple. Our Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Stew is packed with nutritious ingredients (and plenty of heat, too) including quinoa and garlic. If your New Year's resolution was to eat more vegetables, one bowl of that will certainly help you achieve that goal, as well as offer plenty of other health benefits.
Of course, on some weeknights we're all about pasta—Creamy Lemon Pasta with Pistachios is crunchy, zesty, cheesy, and easy to perfect. A rich sauce made from eggs, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese coats each and every strand of spaghetti. Another quick simple pasta recipe is Mushroom Tortellini with Arugula, which uses store-bought cheese ravioli in a totally new way.
From delicious iterations of salmon to comforting soups and stews, our weeknight dinner recipes for January are sure to be a hit every Monday through Friday.
Wild Salmon with Edamame-Cauliflower Rice
Stracciatella Soup with Kale and Lemon
On a snowy January evening, there's truly nothing better than a hot bowl of soup. Our recipe for the classic Italian stracciatella soup becomes wonderfully creamy with beaten egg yolks and Parmigiano-Reggiano stirred into the pot.
Turkey-Pastrami Croque Madame Casserole
Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Stew
Crispy Baked Chicken Flautas
One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon
"Steak and Egg" Skillet Pizza
Ham Fried Rice with Snow Peas
You can make this Asian-inspired favorite—a flavorful fried rice—at home. We've added chopped ham, snow peas, and scallions to fragrant jasmine rice.
The savory Chinese rice porridge uses starchy arborio rice in place of long grain white rice for an even creamier bowl. It's topped with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms for one very fragrant dish.
Salt-Roasted Snapper with Caribbean Spices
If you've never cooked a whole fish before, what better time than a brand-new decade to give it a try? This recipe requires very little hands-on work; create a base of kosher salt, egg whites, limes, thyme, allspice berries, and spicy chile peppers to infuse the fish with flavor. (We promise it's just as manageable as cooking individual fillets!).
Customizable Vegetable Soup
Golden Dal with Gingered Tomatoes
Quick Pork Goulash
Creamy Mustard Chicken with Couscous
Coconut-Curry Monkfish Soup
With a texture and flavor similar to lobster, we think monkfish should get more attention. Here, it stars in a dairy-free stew loaded with spicy ginger, green curry paste, sweet bell pepper, and salty clam juice.
Mushroom Tortellini with Arugula
Trout with Almond-Parsley Butter
Try this seemingly fancy, but totally doable, bistro dish for dinner tonight. It's an easy riff on the classic trout almondine; trout fillets are served with a simple and fragrant sauce made with butter, almonds, lemon zest, and fresh parsley.