What's for Dinner? 20 Cozy Weeknight Recipes to Make in February
In many parts of the country, February often brings in some of the most frigid temperatures and the biggest snowfalls of the year. That's why we want to cozy up with warm and comforting dinner recipes all month long. To help you craft your own menu for the month, we're sharing a selection of family-friendly meals that go from pantry to plate in under one hour. And, as always, Monday dinners are meatless.
There's plenty of comfort food to indulge in, such as our Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese. One big pot of this will keep the whole family warm—and there may even be leftovers for lunch! Looking for a pasta dish that's a little more nutritious? Our recipe for Swiss-Chard and Feta Pasta lets the winter green take center stage, while tangy Greek feta, dried currants, and toasted pine nuts build texture and flavor.
If you're trying to keep your healthy New Year's resolution going, Sea Bass with Kale and Cannellini Beans is a delicious, protein-packed meal that feels worthy of a special occasion. But with just 35 minutes needed to prepare this recipe from start to finish, you can make it any day of the week. Just as impressive is our Creamy Mustard Chicken with Couscous, pictured here. You don't need a passport or a culinary degree to prepare this French bistro-inspired main course.
Even in the midst of a snowfall or busy weeknight, our quick dinner recipes are sure to appeal to your entire family and inspire your palate.
Swiss-Chard and Feta Pasta
Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Peas
With its transformative yellow hue and floral flavor, saffron takes creamy risotto to the next level. Shrimp and peas (we're using frozen) make the perfect combo in a dish that will warm you up mid-week.
North African Beef-and-Carrot Stew with Mint
Aromatic and satisfying, this recipe adds cinnamon and cayenne pepper to classic beef stew. Serve it over couscous for the most comforting 35-minute meal ever.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese
Creamy Broccoli-and-Spinach Soup
Sea Bass with Kale and Cannellini Beans
Instant Pot Chicken Curry
Curried Steak with Scallion Rice and Peas
Shrimp and Clams a la Plancha
Even if you can't dine al fresco, you can certainly enjoy this Spanish-inspired shellfish dish made for a Friday crowd. From the homemade romesco sauce to the garlicky beans, there's big time flavor all throughout that's not to be missed.
Broiled Spicy Pork and Pineapple
Sweet pineapple is a succulent complement to pork; the pork is broiled for a few minutes then removed while pineapple and scallions continue to cook. Pile the mixture atop steamed rice and build even more flavor with sauce made from fresh ginger and lime juice.
Creamy Lemon-Barley Soup
Roasted Cod with Potatoes and Olives
Baked Chicken Veracruz
There are three words that sum up the wonder of chicken thighs: fatty, flavorful, and forgiving. Here, we've paired them with red potatoes, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, and green olives for a fabulous Mexican-inspired meal. It takes an hour to cook, but the oven does most of the work, leaving you time to kick back with a glass of wine—or fold the laundry!
Mostly Greens Frittata
Frittatas don't need to be reserved for breakfast only—when mixed with spinach and Swiss chard, it's a vegetarian meal that the whole family will request again and again.
Spiced Indian Shrimp
Here's a clever new way to use jarred marinara. Try mixing it with spiced shrimp and serving over couscous for a fast, flavorful weeknight dinner.