31 Easy March Dinner Ideas to Cook (and Devour) This Month

March is the bridge between winter gloom and spring sunshine. That means we’re still craving cozy dishes (don’t stash the slow cooker away just yet) while also dipping our forks into the fresh seasonal produce we’ve been craving since last year. Here, 31 March dinner ideas to tackle every night this month, from soul-warming soups to crisp salads.

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March 1: Sweet Potato Chili with Turkey and Black Beans

This one-pot gem is hearty, nutritious and ever so cozy. Feel free to use kidney beans instead of black beans, or ground beef or chicken instead of turkey.

March 2: Pancetta-Wrapped Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Your go-to lazy dinner just got a major upgrade. Herbed, garlicky mozzarella is just the match for salty cured pork, and this sammy proves it.

March 3: Slow Cooker Korean Short Rib Tacos

Your Crockpot is the secret to fall-apart-tender beef sans babysitting. Gochujang adds savory-spicy flavor to the meat while cabbage and dill pickles cool things down.

March 4: Citrus, Shrimp and Quinoa Salad with Feta

Let's end citrus season with a bang, shall we? This seafood dish is equal parts nourishing, refreshing and tangy, but most importantly, it's ready in 20 minutes flat.

March 5: Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce

We've never met a tomato cream sauce that we didn't love. And TBH, this one rivals that of your favorite Italian bistro. Pass the Parm, please.

March 6: Baked Feta with Garlicky Kale and Chickpeas

Now that you're well-versed in baked feta (thanks, TikTok), why not try this pasta-free recipe on for size? Each serving boasts a whopping 21 grams of protein, and it's prepared in a single skillet for minimal cleanup.

March 7: Garlic-Confit Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

You should *always* have a jar of garlic confit—garlic that is slow cooked in oil until rich and tender—in your fridge. Prepare it in advance to save time before dinner.

March 8: 15-Minute Skillet Pepper Steak

Low-carb, keto-friendly and beyond easy to make, this protein-and-veg skillet is a guaranteed win on its own, wrapped in tortillas or served over cauliflower rice.

March 9: Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Did winter even happen if you never cooked this crowd-pleasing soup? Each bowl is finished with a hunk of crusty baguette and a generous dose of Gruyère.

March 10: Cheesy Kale Farfalle

Grown-up mac and cheese? Yes, please. A 50/50 ratio of fresh kale to pasta makes this a pretty healthy dinner. (You know, in theory.)

March 11: Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

Any soup that's topped with ridged potato chips is one after our own heart. And thanks to the handy pressure cooker, this one only needs 30 minutes to come together.

March 12: Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

This pie, starring marinated artichoke hearts, is just the thing to hold you over while you wait for fresh artichokes to hit the farmers market.

March 13: Cacio e Pepe Mac and Cheese

Your picky eaters will be thrilled to see this cheesy pasta hit the table. You'll be just as elated to make it, since the recipe only calls for seven simple ingredients.

March 14: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Our favorite thing to do on a Sunday? Set and forget something delicious in the Crockpot. All you need to do is chop the ingredients, mix the sauce and dump it all in the slow cooker.

March 15: Tabitha Brown’s Chili Carrot Dogs

Even carnivores will be wowed by this vegan spin on hot dogs, which comes complete with pecan "chili" and crunchy coleslaw. The carrot marinade is delightfully sweet, savory and smoky.

March 16: Bacon-Wrapped Black Cod with Spinach and Capers

It turns out that crackly, savory bacon and fresh, flaky fish are soulmates. Can you believe the recipe only requires nine ingredients and 40 minutes of your time?

March 17: Shepherd’s Pie

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Instead of cooking corned beef this year, give this Guinness beef stew topped with goat cheese mashed potatoes a whirl. (Oh, and wash it down with your favorite Irish stout, obvi.)

March 18: 15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

If you’re a habitual pad Thai orderer, it’s time to learn how to make your beloved noodle dish even faster than it can be delivered. (This version is loaded with ground pork, sriracha and peanuts.)

March 19: One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Eggs have come to the rescue on countless weeknights in our kitchen. Instead of wolfing down a fried one straight from the pan, pair it with a few fresh veggies (hi, spring asparagus) and roast everything to perfection on a sheet pan.

March 20: Salmon Al Pastor

Because an olive oil-lemon fillet gets boring after the millionth time. Opt for sweet-tart pineapple, smoky ancho chile powder and tangy pickled onions instead.

March 21: Thai Beef Bowls with Rice Noodles

Ah, rice noodles. They're gluten-free, satisfyingly chewy and take on the flavor of whatever they're cooked in. That's why they're the ultimate base for this savory, one-pan beef dish.

March 22: Deb Perelman’s Ginger Garlic Chicken Noodle Soup

The canned kind just won't cut it once you taste this impeccably seasoned riff on the O.G., crowned with chile crisp for good measure. Ramen takes over for old-school egg noodles, while black rice vinegar, soy sauce and fresh ginger liven up the broth.

March 23: Radish Barbecue Bowls with Tangy Honey-Mustard Dressing

'Tis the season for bringing home a bunch of farm-fresh radishes and transforming them into something spectacular. These are brined in pickling solution, then splashed with honey-mustard vinaigrette.

March 24: Chili Garlic Ginger Shrimp

You only need 17 minutes and one skillet to prepare this protein-packed main. Serve the shrimp in lettuce wraps, over white rice or with noodles.

March 25: Joanna Gaines’s Asparagus and Fontina Quiche

You say breakfast, we say dinner. Sink your teeth into this eight-ingredient wonder that's oozing with fontina and Gruyère cheeses. (In case you need more convincing, that's a store-bought pie crust.)

March 26: Cheater’s Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Trust us: This eight-hour, low-and-slow masterpiece is well worth the wait. Might we suggest serving the French staple with 20-minute mashed potatoes?

March 27: Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Mandarin Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This salad is decidedly wintry, but it'll still brighten up your dinner with fresh citrus, sharp fennel, salty pecorino Romano and zingy lemon-mustard dressing. Add grilled chicken or crispy tofu to make it more filling.

March 28: Seared Scallops with Green Peas, Mint and Shallots

Repeat after us: I can cook shellfish at home. Seriously, this dish takes about 20 minutes and only requires six ingredients, including in-season peas. Just make sure to thoroughly pat the scallops dry to ensure a gorgeous sear.

March 29: Joanna Gaines’s Spring Vegetable Risotto

Mushrooms, radishes, peas, spinach and chives will all be at peak deliciousness by the end of the month. Creamy white wine-Parm risotto can only make them tastier, no?

March 30: Spring Pea Soup with Mint

Hit the farmers market for fresh peas, celery, leeks and alllll the herbs to make this seasonal gem shine its brightest. Might we suggest supping it alfresco?

March 31: Lamb Shawarma Sandwich

March came in like a lion...and will go out with some lamb. Celebrate warmer days on the horizon with Lebanese-inspired lamb shoulder and a tahini sauce you'll never forget.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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Taryn Pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...
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