What's for Dinner? 21 Weeknight Recipes to Make in May
Armed with these fast, delicious, seasonal meals, getting dinner on the table has never been easier.
In a weeknight dinner rut? You're in luck! This month, we're highlighting a wide array of fast, tasty meals, including some of our favorite fish and seafood recipes, as well as other family-friendly dishes that are plant-based or made with chicken, lamb, beef, or pork.
Now that the weather is warmer, break out your grill for super impressive, yet super simple dishes. Start the month off with our recipe for Greek Shrimp Skewers with Chopped-Zucchini Salad that are pictured here. It's a delicious grilled seafood recipe that makes for a great weeknight dinner for the whole family. Peeled large shrimp are grilled along with zucchini, onions, and lemons; the vegetables are tossed with feta cheese and the juice from the charred lemons, then served over couscous.
If the weather isn't quite nice enough to cook outdoors, roast whole trout with seasonal vegetables in your oven. This entrée is prepared and baked in one pan, which means minimal clean-up, but it's a truly delicious dinner. We have other one-pan dinners, such as a shrimp and coconut curry, which is prepared in a straight-sided skillet and takes less than 20 minutes to cook. It has a kick to it thanks to red curry paste.
Here, you'll also find family-friendly pasta recipes that pair penne, spaghetti, and other classic shapes with seasonal vegetables like spinach, peas, asparagus, and artichokes. They're packed with greens for a healthy bite, but still taste like instant comfort food for a quick weeknight dinner. Don't forget to top each bowl with plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.
In less than one hour, you can prepare any of these delicious family-friendly recipes for dinner tonight.
Spaghetti with Spinach, Peas, and Herbed Ricotta
Lamb and Cucumber Kebabs with Feta Sauce
This recipe shows you how to make a magical meal with a boneless leg of lamb any night of the week. The meat marinates for just 30 minutes with olive oil, garlic, and fresh oregano; once grilled, serve alongside a tangy feta and strained yogurt-based dipping sauce.
Big-time flavor and plenty of hearty ingredients are packed into this one-pan meal that can serve up to six hungry people. Start by sautéing bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and Italian sausage links, then add garlic, shallots, rosemary, and hot pickled cherry peppers. And be sure to serve with plenty of crusty bread.
Pad See Ew (Spicy Stir-Fry with Skirt Steak and Broccolini)
Here's our take on a classic takeout order. We use skirt steak, which is an inexpensive cut that becomes super juicy and flavorful when seared and tossed with a sweet soy sauce mixture.
Whole Baked Trout with Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes
Celebrate Friday with this special seafood dinner that comes together in one hour. If you've never cooked whole fish before, this easy method is for you. Roast sliced Yukon Gold potatoes and tomatoes with herbs until juicy and tender, then add the seasoned whole trout to the baking dish and continue roasting until everything is cooked through.
Soba and Sweet Potatoes in Miso-Lime Broth
Crispy Chicken Nuggets
Penne with Garlicky Tomatoes and Salmon
Broiled Pork Chops with Yellow-Pepper Puttanesca
This sheet pan supper comes together in just 20 minutes, which makes it absolutely perfect for busy weeknights. Bell peppers and cocktail tomatoes are tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet, then bone-in pork chops are nestled between the vegetables.
Coconut-Curry Shrimp and Couscous
Lemony Pesto Chicken Soup
For a fresh, spring-like chicken soup that's pure comfort, try this 20-minute recipe. Pre-made ingredients like store-bought chicken stock, shredded cooked chicken (you can buy a rotisserie chicken or make your own), and prepared pesto make this meal super-fast to put together.
Salmon Nicoise with Caper Dressing
This hearty and healthy salad is super colorful—but that's just one of the reasons why we love it. Seared salmon fillets top cucumbers, slices of corn on the cob, baby yellow potatoes, and then everything is finished with a briny dressing for the most delicious, crisp dinner.
Brothy Orzo and Pork Meatballs
Pork meatballs cook in chicken broth along with hearty orzo for this weeknight dinner. It's a comforting, feel-good meal that's just right for spring.
Pan Roasted Chicken with Rhubarb
Chilaquiles Egg Bake
We like to think of this as a fast, family-friendly meal that looks a lot like nachos but tastes even better. Purée a can of diced tomatoes and chile peppers to create a quick sauce, then transfer to a skillet, top with tortilla chips and cracked eggs, and bake until set.
Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice
Grilled Fish Kebabs with Shaved Zucchini
Baked Broccoli and Artichoke Shells
Broiled Coconut-and-Lime-Crusted Shrimp With Rice-Noodle Salad
Let's hear a round of applause for this under-30 minute dinner that offers a taste of the tropics when you can't get away on vacation. Serve shrimp, coated with breadcrumbs and unsweetened shredded coconut, with a lively salad that includes radishes, jalapeño, hot-pepper jelly, and avocado.
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