What's for Dinner? 22 Perfect Weeknight Recipes to Make This April
This month, we're highlighting plant-based recipes in honor of Earth Day, plus so many other delicious dishes.
April is Earth Month, and while we believe in taking care of and celebrating the planet every day of the year, it never hurts to have a reason to go above and beyond from time to time. In honor of Earth Month, we're showcasing some of our favorite plant-based recipes to enjoy throughout April, starting with the incredible Leek-and-Asparagus Crispy Rice that you see right here. You don't have to be vegetarian to love this meat-free dinner. Spring forward with this recipe featuring three of the season's best and brightest vegetables: leeks, asparagus, and peas.
While our Mondays are always meatless, we've packed in even more plant-based recipes featuring seasonal vegetables, lots of greens and grains, and limited animal products. Whether you eat a vegetarian or vegan meal once a week or once a day, our hope is that these weeknight recipes inspire you to incorporate more animal-free ingredients into your meals all year long.
If you need quick and easy family-friendly meals, you'll be thrilled to know that we've included a vibrant sheet pan dinner that the whole family will love. Instead of stirring everything in a skillet, all of the ingredients (cauliflower, broccoli, red bell pepper, onion, and spinach) roast evenly on a baking pan in the oven. That means much less work for you, but the final result has just as much flavor.
And while April is the first month of the year that brings consistently warm weather and sunny days, there is still a chance of a cold front creating chilly nights. We've got you covered for dinner when the temperatures drop again—a comforting, seasonal zoodle soup that is loaded with nutritious vegetables, super colorful, and vegan. What more could you ask for?
Enjoy these quick and easy plant-based dinner recipes with your family all month long.
Roast Chicken Grain Bowl
Cheater's Mac and Cheese
Little ones will adore this cheesy pasta that's loaded with broccoli. And parents, you'll love that it comes together in 20 minutes and only calls for five ingredients: penne pasta, broccoli florets, cream cheese, unsalted butter, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Sweet-and-Spicy Pork Salad
Prepare this light and bright salad made with sautéed pork chops on an extra-busy weeknight. The meat is piled high atop a salad made with a combination of raw and sautéed cabbage and cucumbers, which are tossed in a dressing featuring lime juice, fish sauce, chile peppers, and brown sugar.
Spaghetti with Shrimp, Kale, and Burst Tomatoes
Reel in this 35-minute recipe for dinner tonight. It's loaded with two pints of grape tomatoes, one small bunch of kale, and one pound of shrimp for a hearty dinner that will delight your family.
Poached-Chicken Cups with Ginger-Scallion Oil
When lettuce cups appear at the dinner table, everyone erupts into applause. And for good reason—they're so delicious. Poached and shredded chicken is tossed with a fragrant dressing, placed in Bibb-lettuce leaves, and topped with roasted peanuts and cilantro for a perfect bite.
Roasted Branzino with Lemon and Thyme
If you've never cooked a whole fish before, this is the recipe to start with. It's the simplest and least intimidating method. Have your fishmonger take care of the cleaning so all you have to do is season the fish and roast it on a sheet pan in the oven for 30 minutes.
Sheet Pan Vegetable Hash with Eggs
Creamy Asparagus Chicken
If your go-to dinner is a protein and two easy vegetable sides, this recipe is for you. We've upgraded basic chicken breasts by cooking them with leeks, red potatoes, and asparagus, plus a rich and delicious sauce made with butter, white wine, chicken broth, and heavy cream.
Martha's Spaghetti alle Vongole
Recreate an Italian restaurant favorite at home with this straightforward and spectacular recipe. There are a few key steps for making spaghetti with clams—choose very fresh cockles (small, edible bivalves), cook the pasta just until it's al dente, and add plenty of finishing flavors (garlic, parsley, and Parmigiano-Reggiano). Bon appetit!
Gingery Tofu Ramen Bowls
This is nothing like the ramen you ate in college. Cook a family-friendly and healthy version in just under an hour using tofu, soy sauce, lime juice, maple syrup, and peanut butter.
Crispy Oven-Baked-Fish Wraps
This easy dinner get plenty of crunch from slices of green apple and panko-breaded cod fillets. Store-bought coleslaw mix is made into a salad before being put into the tortillas.
Green Coconut Zoodle Soup
Crispy Panko Shrimp Salad
One-Pan Chicken and Mushrooms with Egg Noodles
A few cold days always manage to sneak their way into the first full month of spring. On one of those chilly nights, make this comforting and creamy stew. Chicken, mushrooms, and shallots brown in a pan, then simmer with egg noodles, chicken broth, and cream until everything is cooked through.
White-Fish Stew with Dumplings
Vegetarian BLT with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms
Meaty shiitake mushrooms replace the bacon in this classic dinnertime sandwich. The rest of the layers—juicy tomato slices, mayonnaise, and arugula—are all essential. Serve with a tossed salad on the side.
Spiced Chicken Kebabs with Pita
Grilled Scallops with Blistered-Yellow-Pepper Relish
We don't often recommend playing with fire, but here it's so worth it. Yellow bell peppers are roasted over an open flame until they're charred, which not only adds flavor but makes them so easy to peel. They're whipped into a nutty and garlicky relish that tops couscous and sea scallops.