What's for Dinner? 22 Perfect Recipes to Cook for April Weeknights
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. In honor of Earth Month, we're showcasing some of our favorite plant-based recipes to enjoy throughout April. 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, these weeknight recipes will hopefully inspire you to incorporate more animal-free ingredients into your meals all year long.
A quick and easy family-friendly meal is Sheet Pan Vegetable Hash with Eggs. 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. An even simpler take on eggs for dinner is this Tex-Mex-inspired Avocado, Salsa, and Cilantro Omelet. Whether you're cooking for yourself or your family, you'll find that this dish is easy to adapt for a crowd.
On a day when you're craving something a little heartier, make Gingery Tofu Ramen Bowls. We love using firm tofu which holds its shape when cooked. For this dinner, it's coated with tamari, lime juice, and peanut butter.
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 Green Coconut Zoodle Soup. It's 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
Baked Rigatoni with Sausage
Vegetarian BLT with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms
Thai Pork Salad
When you're craving takeout food but want something a little healthier, prepare this light and bright salad made with sautéed pork chops. The meat is piled high atop a salad made with a combination of raw and sautéed cabbage and cucumbers, which are tossed in an Asian-inspired dressing featuring lime juice, fish sauce, chile peppers, and brown sugar.
Cream-Free Shrimp Alfredo
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 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.
Tuna-Salad Hand Rolls
Super speedy and kid-friendly, this sushi recipe comes together in just 15 minutes (if you have pre-steamed rice on hand). Mayonnaise, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro hold the tuna together, and cucumber and carrot slices are tossed with rice vinegar, salt, and granulated sugar and served on the side.
Green Coconut Zoodle Soup
Crispy Panko Shrimp Salad
In just 15 minutes, this light, crisp salad comes together. Large shrimp are coated with Dijonnaise and panko breadcrumbs, then pan-fried until golden brown. Scatter them over mixed greens and juicy cherry tomatoes.
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.
Leek and Asparagus Crispy Rice
Avocado, Salsa, and Cilantro Omelet
There are days when the best dinner recipe is one that will be easy and filling. That's this one for Meatless Monday. Tucked inside of a Tex-Mex three-egg omelet are thin slices of ripe avocado, store-bought red salad, and lots of fresh cilantro. The recipe serves one, but make as many as you need to feed your family.
Pasta Peperonata with Tuna and Olives
Plenty of punchy flavors are packed into this colorful pasta dish (the combination of red and orange peppers, golden raisins, purple Kalamata olives, and bright green basil looks like a rainbow). Everything is tossed with spaghetti and Parmesan cheese until each noodle is coated with flavor.
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.