What's for Dinner? 24 Recipes to Make for Weeknight Meals in March
This month, we're making a mix of warm and hearty comfort food, as well as lighter and brighter meals to welcome spring.
Here's our first taste of spring! These quick weeknight dinner recipes are one-part warm and cozy and one-part fresh and bright (think asparagus and cherry tomatoes). Our recipe for Slow-Baked Salmon and Cherry Tomatoes, which tastes good and feels good, too, is the perfect example. Did we mention that it's also a breeze to make? Another light and bright entrée is our Gingery Rainbow-Chard and Black-Rice Bowl. Colorful Swiss chard delivers tons of texture when served atop black rice.
And while we can't wait for warm weather and sunny days, there are still plenty of cold, brisk days in March. For those times when you can't wait to get indoors, make one of our many comforting meals. Our Spiced Chicken Kebabs with Pita, which are pictured here, come together in 40 minutes and get their flavor from za'tar, a blend of Mediterranean spices that includes sesame seeds and sumac. Or try Smoky Tofu Chili for Meatless Mondays; while many chili recipes require at least a couple of hours on the stovetop, this one cooks in just 60 minutes.
There are also two family-friendly Tex-Mex inspired recipes here. When you can't decide between serving nachos or tacos, make our Taco Casserole—we promise it will excite everyone in your household. It's essentially inside-out nachos, which we think is pure genius. If you've never made tacos at home, try our recipe for Seared Steak Fajitas, which is an easy and fabulous introduction to this technique.
So, make the most of the end of winter produce, and welcome spring with open arms with these quick, family-friendly recipes.
Warm Lentil-and-Cauliflower Salad
The best meal is one that's just as nutritious as it is delicious. To maintain your New Year's resolution of eating cleaner, we took tofu and weaved it into a different and delightful vegetarian dinner. It's packed with flavor from garlic, cumin, tomato paste, chipotle in adobo, and fire-roasted tomatoes.
Orecchiette with Sausage, Chard, and Parsnips
Slow-Baked Salmon and Cherry Tomatoes
Buffalo Chicken Breasts
Gingery Rainbow-Chard and Black-Rice Bowl
We're celebrating Meatless Monday with an eye-catching and nutritious grain bowl. Soy sauce, ginger, garlic, Thai chile, and black vinegar create an enticing flavor that we can't get enough of.
Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger and Lemongrass
Whether you choose chicken or pork, this warm and cozy bowl is sure to satisfy. It's packed with substantial vegetables like shiitake mushrooms, Chinese broccoli, baby bok choy, and pumpkin squash.
Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Chicken with Tomatoes and Feta
Sweet-and-Spicy Pork Chops
A combination of apricot jam, chili-garlic sauce, and white vinegar creates a sweet sauce that adds a kick to lean bone-in pork chops, sweet potatoes, and broccoli in this sheet pan supper.
Spaghetti with Collard Greens and Lemon
We love serving pasta on Monday because it's usually quick and easy—and we love this nutritious and nutty recipe even more. Cook farro pasta, which has a hearty and toothsome quality, and then twirl in sautéed garlic, red pepper flakes, collard greens, and pine nuts.
Shrimp Noodle Bowl with Snow Peas
Lamb and Bulgur Stew with White Beans
Quick Coq au Vin Blanc
This all-inclusive, family-friendly dish is just the thing to serve on Friday night. Hidden beneath cheesy tortilla chips is a ground beef mixture that includes bell pepper, onions, pinto beans, and plenty of warm spices.
Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes
Seared Steak Fajitas
The whole gang's here—we're talking about bell peppers, sliced onions, corn tortillas, grated white cheddar, tomatoes, and lime juice. Made with budget-friendly top-round steak, it's an ideal meal for Taco Tuesday.
Shrimp-Scampi Pan Bake
This light and bright twist on classic shrimp scampi gets zesty flavor from roasted lemon rounds, plus plenty of nutrients from Yukon gold potatoes and asparagus. It's a one-pan dinner that only requires 15 minutes of prep work.
Chipotle Chicken and White-Bean Soup
Baked Rigatoni with Mini Meatballs
Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew
A one-pot, vegetarian wonder that is warm, savory, and comforting. This stew is made with cannellini beans, baby greens such as kale and spinach, carrots, and plenty of herbs and spices. Serve with toasted ciabatta bread rubbed with garlic to sop up every last bit of golden broth.