What's for Dinner? 22 Weeknight Recipes to Make This September
When it comes to dinner, we're all about embracing summer for as long as possible. On our menu this month you'll find grilled chicken with salad, pasta with fresh vegetables, creative takes on burgers, and meat-free meals. These are family-friendly weeknight dinner recipes that you can get on the table in less than one hour.
With the start of the school year officially upon us, weeknights are bound to become a whole lot busier. We're here to help with a selection of quick and delicious weeknight meals, such as the Cashew Shrimp that's shown here, to help you get dinner on the table (and ensure the entire family is well-fed) no matter how jam-packed your afternoon schedule is.
Just as school has rules, we have a few for getting dinner on the table with minimal fuss Monday through Friday—we think you'll like them. First, every recipe needs to be prepared and ready to eat in less than hour. Second, the meals need to be family-friendly, meaning balanced, able to feed at least four people, and something even most kids will enjoy. Finally, every recipe needs to be easy—that means you should have the majority of ingredients on hand already and that there's no fancy equipment or techniques necessary.
We also have some additional guidelines that you can choose to follow if you please: Mondays are meatless, so expect plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to carry you through the month. When Friday finally arrives, we like to indulge a bit. In celebration of making it through the week, go for something like homemade pizza (store-bought dough makes it easy) or a big pot of beef chili and all the fixings. Feel free to mix and match these recipes based on whatever you're craving or have in the refrigerator.
Our family-friendly weeknight dinner recipes feature a variety of proteins, including chicken, pork, shellfish, and fish. We're also featuring plenty of late summer seasonal vegetables, including eggplant, bell peppers, and the first of the acorn squash.
Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Chicken
This fresh take on the burger pairs salmon fillet with goat cheese, lemon juice, and olive oil for easy-to-make and easy-to-enjoy patties that we like to pair with flatbreads and a crisp salad. This healthy dinner will be on the table in 40 minutes.
Red Wine Pasta
For an indulgent and delicious Friday night dinner, try this elegant, eye-catching recipe instead of your usual marinara sauce and pasta combo. Cooked spaghetti is tossed in a rich, vivid red wine sauce that gets even more flavor from pancetta, garlic, red pepper flakes, and, of course, plenty of grated Pecorino Romano cheese.
Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs
We're skipping the hot dogs this Labor Day and getting ready for routine with this totally irresistible Meatless Monday meal. Japanese eggplants star in this ratatouille and eggs are added to this one-skillet dinner for extra protein and heft. They take the meal into shakshouka territory—and we don't hear anyone complaining.
Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Thyme Sauce
It might be after Labor Day but we say it's still summer! Make the most of the season with this grilled dinner. A bright, flavorful sauce made from lemon juice, chopped fresh thyme leaves, red-pepper flakes, and extra-virgin olive oil brightens chicken right when it comes off the grill. Pair it will grilled corn and salad for the freshest meal of the week.
Bacon Pasta with Cheese Sauce and Thyme
Baked Fish with Summer Squash
It's Friday and we're celebrating with pizza. No, not takeout but this satisfying, vegetable-topped pizza that's a step up from mozzarella and tomatoes. If you never tried fontina cheese on pizza before, we think you'll really like it.
Just remember to take defrost the pizza dough ahead of time!
Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce
For a dramatic and delicious dinner tonight, roast a whole head of cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then serve it cut into "steaks" alongside Romesco sauce (red bell peppers, almonds, tomato paste, and garlic). Pair with a green salad or a side of polenta if you fancy. We think this plant-based entrée will be added to your regular rotation, it's that good.
Grilled Pork Cutlets with Watermelon-Cucumber Salad
We're keeping things light for dinner tonight. Here, boneless, skinless pork chops are cooked on the grill, then served atop a slightly spicy, super refreshing watermelon salad. (If not all of your crowd likes spicy, make some of the salad without.)
Blistered Green-Bean and Corn Frittata
By now you know how much we love eggs for dinner, and you should also be aware of how much we love to use seasonal produce in our meals. Tonight's dinner brings these two themes together in one delicious, easy-to-make meal. We're celebrating the last of the summer corn in this simple frittata.
Thyme-and-Sesame-Crusted Chicken Thighs
Let's make Friday night burger night this week! We're spicing things up with this Frito-pie-meets-hamburger recipe that's a surefire winner. Who could resist a beef patty topped with sautéed onions, American cheese, and crunchy corn chips all inside a soft potato roll?
Mushroom Tortellini with Arugula
Roasted Sea Bass with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Salsa Rustica
Broken Wonton Soup
A simple, savory, and warming soup is just what this Thursday calls for. It's satisfying thanks to plenty of sausage and wonton wrapper noodles and packed with flavor from ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. We're betting this is a recipe you'll continue to make through fall and winter.
Easy Beef Chili
Brown-Rice Bowl with Kabocha Squash and Shiitakes
Broiled Pork Chops with Yellow-Pepper Puttanesca
Spicy Shrimp Fajitas with Grilled Pineapple
If you feel like grilling outside tonight, this recipe is for you. If you want to cook on the stovetop, this recipe is also for you. Use a grill, grill pan, or stovetop grill to cook the onions and pineapple for a sweet, easy take on pico de gallo. And whether you cook inside or out, cook the shrimp in a cast-iron skillet over your chosen heat source. Whichever route you choose, dinner is ready in 35 minutes.
Pasta With Zucchini, Mint, and Pecorino
At the end of summer, zucchini can be larger and more watery than they are earlier in the season. This weeknight pasta dish is a great way to use up those giant squash; it calls for two pounds of zukes, and it's fine if they are supersized, as they cook down and form the sauce. Mint is a classic pairing with zucchini—give it a try.
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