31 October Dinner Ideas That Are Ideal for Sweater Weather
The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp and the cans of pumpkin are stacked high at the grocery store. We’ve got all the fall feels right now, which means we’re craving hearty dinners that warm us up—and are the perfect complement to a roaring fire. Here, 31 October dinner ideas, from butternut squash risotto to balsamic roast chicken, that are satisfying, nourishing and sweater-season appropriate.
October 1: Pesto Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Veggies and Labneh
A dollop of seasoned labneh (or Greek yogurt) takes these healthy bowls from everyday to over the top.
October 2: Creamy Gochujang Zoodles
The primary purpose of zoodles? They’re a vehicle for all that luscious, spicy sauce. (Put an egg on it, if you please.)
October 3: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
Feel free to swap any of the veggies for whatever’s already in your crisper—broccoli instead of cauliflower, snap peas instead of bell pepper, you get the idea.
October 8: Butternut Squash Carbonara
It’s creamy and dreamy without any butter or cream. Squash is transformative like that.
October 9: Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes
Presenting the easiest way to make a chic, impressive dinner without a ton of effort. When you cook the bird in your slow cooker, you eliminate the whole “babysitting the oven” gig.
October 11: Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt Sauce
It’s low-fuss and requires minimal prep, exactly as a sheet-pan meal should be.
October 12: Chimichurri Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Greek Yogurt, Red Quinoa & Green Beans
Don’t mind us—we’ll just be licking the herby Greek yogurt sauce off the plate. (Kidding, but only kind of.)
October 13: Spicy Lemon-Ginger Chicken Soup
Aside from being cozy and soothing, this gingery chicken soup is also extremely adaptable. Add any greens you like, plus noodles if you’re in that kind of mood.
October 15: Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken and Shredded Brussels Bowls
When the Brussels sprouts are finely shredded and tossed with a spicy soy-sesame sauce, even picky eaters will gobble them up.
October 16: Sausage, Corn and Poblano Chowder
It’s spicy, sweet and hearty, and it happens to keep really well in the freezer. Need we say more?
October 17: Spicy Bucatini Amatriciana
A trip to Italy isn’t in the cards, but that’s OK. We’ll always have this spicy pasta to transport us to the Mediterranean.
October 18: Cheater’s Italian Wedding Soup
Soup that’s mostly broth is kind of a bummer. Thankfully, there’s Parm, beans, pasta, kale and bite-size meatballs in every bite of this meal.
October 21: Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken
It’s time to get festive. This skillet dinner is surprisingly hands-off; you don’t even have to brown the chicken on the stove before transferring it to the oven.
October 22: Alison Roman’s Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Buttered Pistachios
Give us a chance to eat sweet, creamy squash as a main course and we’ll take it. The combination of lemony yogurt sauce and brown butter is—dare we say?—divine.
October 23: Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto
Who needs bowls when you have big, juicy mushrooms? This meal tastes decadent, but it’s actually pretty healthy.
October 24: One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots
You can’t go wrong with this pairing. We love the way the carrots soak up some of the juices as the chicken cooks.
October 26: Roasted Squash and Tofu with Soy, Honey, Chili and Ginger
The key to crispy tofu is to press all the liquid out, so don’t skip that step. Serve this with rice on the side for a filling main course.
October 27: Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
The Brussels sprouts get caramelized and browned right next to the chicken, so they absorb all those delicious pan juices. (And don’t even get us started on the honey-mustard sauce.)
October 30: Buffalo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
If you thought sweet potatoes were only meant to be stuffed with butter and brown sugar, think again.
October 31: Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls
It’s Halloween. If you’re not eating dinner straight out of a pumpkin, you’re doing it wrong.