What to Eat Every Night for the Entire Month

30 dinner ideas for 30 days

If “What are we having for dinner?” is a question that fills you with dread every single night, maybe it’s time to stop asking it.

Our brilliant solution: meal templates. Simply assign a different theme (say, “pizza” or “casserole”) to each night of the month and then cook something that falls into that category. No guesswork. Plenty of creativity.

Here, 30 templates (and even more recipe ideas) to get you started.


Day 1: Pizza Night

15 minutes: Pita Pizza

30 minutes: Egg Florentine Pizza

60 minutes: Sweet Potato and Rosemary Pizza


Day 2: Chicken Night

15 minutes: Greek Chicken Cutlets

30 minutes: Buttermilk Fried Chicken

60 minutes: Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

Day 4: Pasta Night

15 minutes: Cacio e Pepe

30 minutes: Orecchiette with Sausage and Kale

60 minutes: Angel Hair Pasta with Mushroom, Basil and Fried Egg

Knead for Food

Day 5: Breakfast For Dinner Night

15 minutes: Amaranth Pancakes

30 minutes: Breakfast Burrito

60 minutes: Italian Sausage and Ricotta Frittata

Day 9: Sandwich Night

15 minutes: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Avocado

30 minutes: Bourbon Caramelized Bacon and Heirloom Tomato BLT

60 minutes: Chicken Parmesan Panini

Day 12: Soup Night

15 minutes: Classic Black Bean Soup

30 minutes: Ginger Carrot Bisque

60 minutes: Potato Leek Soup


Day 13: Steak Night

15 minutes: Broiled Flank Steak with Warm Tomato Topping

30 minutes: Steak Tacos Al Carbon

60 minutes: Oven Sirloin Steak Stew


Day 14: Seafood Night

15 minutes: Grilled Salmon with Heirloom Tomatoes

30 minutes: Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Seared Scallops

60 minutes: Seared Halibut with Citrus Beurre Blanc

Chef Nellie's Catering

Day 16: Burger Night

15 minutes: Mustard-Glazed Mushroom Burger

30 minutes: Andouille Slider Burgers with Caramelized Onions

60 minutes: Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger


Day 18: French Night

Day 19: Chili Night

Day 20: Tapas Night

15 minutes: Tortilla Espanola

30 minutes: Tapas Feast

60 minutes: Chilled Mussels with Saffron Mayonnaise

Day 21: Italian Night

15 minutes: Tuna Bucatini

30 minutes: Brown Butter Ravioli with Rotisserie Chicken, Walnuts and Sage

60 minutes: Spaghetti and Meatballs


Day 23: Potato Night

Day 24: Comfort Food Night

Day 26: Waffle Night

Day 27: Curry Night

15 minutes: Curried Quinoa Salad with Cucumber-Mint Raita

30 minutes: Squash Coconut Curry

60 minutes: Thai-Style Beef and Broccoli Curry

Jamie Oliver

Day 28: Gluten-free Night

15 minutes: Pan-Roasted Grouper with Provencal Vegetables

30 minutes: Honey-Mustard Teriyaki Chicken and Peach Kabobs

60 minutes: Grilled Cauliflower with Winter Pesto

Day 29: Taco Night

15 minutes: 15-Minute Stir-Fried Steak Tacos

30 minutes: Caribbean Chicken Tacos

60 minutes: Build-Your-Own Tacos

The Kitchn

30: Leftovers Night

Your fridge is stocked after 29 days. Mangia!

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