What's for Dinner? 22 Recipes to Make for Weeknight Meals in March
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. 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. Another satisfying, cold-weather meal is Easy Chicken Posole, our take on Mexican chicken noodle soup. This recipe is made entirely with shortcut, ready-made ingredients, so it's a great one to keep in your back pocket for busy weeknights.
There are also two crowd-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 your entire family. 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.
Smoky Tofu Chili
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
Easy Chicken Posole
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 Chinese black vinegar create enticing Asian-inspired flavor that we can't get enough of.
Shanghai Noodle Soup
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
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 Chow Mein
In the time that it takes to browse a menu, place an order, and wait for it to arrive, you can make a flavorful takeout-inspired meal at home. The key to great chow mein is in the sauce—our blend of sesame oil, chili sauce, ginger, and garlic should do the trick, don't you think?
Lamb and Bulgur Stew with White Beans
Quick Coq au Vin Blanc
This all-inclusive, crowd-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 the ideal dinner for Taco Tuesday.
Scandinavian Shrimp Salad
Hard-boiled eggs, poached shrimp, and baby potatoes make this salad plenty a hearty dinner option. A sharp dressing, which is the perfect counterpoint to the rich toppings, is made from pickling liquid, mustard, olive oil, and a pinch of sugar.
Chipotle Chicken and White-Bean Soup
Whether or not you're feeling under the weather, this soup is sure to hit the spot. While we're all about the spicy and meaty flavors in the bowl, the toppings—sliced radishes, tortilla chips, and diced avocado—take it to the finish line.
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.