It’s August, so you’re either sweating, working or wishing you were on vacation…or perhaps all three. Nevertheless, you’ll still need dinner, and we’re guessing you don’t want to spend much time in a hot kitchen figuring out what to cook. (We’re also assuming that you wouldn’t mind shrinking your grocery bill.) Here are 31 foolproof, seasonal and affordable August dinner recipes to make all month long, from tacos to skillet pasta.
31 Easy August Dinner Recipes to Make Every Night This Month
August 5: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
PSA: You can—and should—use your slow cooker in the summertime. Allow dinner to basically cook itself without turning your kitchen into a sauna. Plus, the less time you spend cooking, the more time you have to hang outside in the (OK, equally hot, but more fun) sun.
August 10: Crispy Baked Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw
Wanna know a secret? You can make a dinner party-worthy meal to enjoy alfresco in just one hour. Oh, and you'll only have to scrub one dirty pan after dinner. We'll meet you on the patio with a bottle of white—you can thank us later.
Summertime and the grilling's easy. It's even *easier* if you cook your veggies in foil packets instead of in a grill basket and season the chicken with nothing but a few staples, like whole-grain mustard and fresh lemon juice.
August 27: One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone
There's nothing we love more than a quick, easy meal that leaves you with one dirty dish to clean. Even better, the recipe only calls for eight ingredients, many of which you probably have on hand right now. Might we suggest pairing the pasta with fresh garlic bread?
August 29: Caramelized Kimchi Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are a last-minute dinner staple at our house, since they're so easy to prepare (and even easier on the wallet). This spin on them is a little fancier, but just as simple to pull off. Plate them with dressed greens or a bowl of brothy soup to make 'em feel like more of a meal.
August 30: Rodney Scott’s Honey-Butter Fish