Normally, we’d tell you to make a beeline to the farmers market for some gorgeous, in-season produce. But hey, we won’t judge if you’d rather lean on whatever’s in your pantry. Either way, you can still enjoy all that spring cooking has to offer this month, whether you’re craving refreshing salads or hearty skillet meals. Presenting 31 easy dinner recipes to make in May that are timely, flexible and foolproof.
31 Flexible May Dinner Ideas to Make With What You Have
May 4: 30-minute Breakfast Hash With Kale And Sweet Potatoes
Breakfast for dinner? Don't mind if we do. This healthy hash checks all the right boxes: It's nutritious, satisfying (8 grams of protein per serving, y'all), easy on the eyes and cooks up in one pan.
May 6: Alison Roman’s Swordfish With Crushed Olives And Oregano
May 7: Caramelized Mushroom Pasta With Crispy Prosciutto
May 8: Skillet Roast Chicken With Shmaltzy Potatoes
May 10: Whole-wheat Feta Tart With Caramelized Onions And Herbs
The crust is made with whole-wheat flour, but since it's mixed by hand and pressed into the pan, you could really use any type of flour you have. (Psst: The tart is a great opportunity to transform wilted herbs.)
May 11: Joanna Gaines’s Weeknight Salmon With Baby New Potatoes And Dill
We're not sure what we love most about sheet pan dinners: that you can switch up the ingredients as you please, or that there's barely any cleanup.
May 19: Mustardy Pork Tenderloin With Grapes And Red Onions
May 23: Sheet-pan Chicken Shawarma With Lemon-tahini Drizzle
Shawarma is more about the spices than the veggies, and the good news is you probably have most of them in your cabinet already. The mix of cumin, cinnamon, paprika and cayenne is nothing short of magical.
May 25: 15-minute Mezze Plate With Toasted Za’atar Pita Bread
May 26: Potato-chip Crusted Chicken With Arugula Pesto
There are so many ways to enjoy this dish: on a roll, topped with greens, with or without cheese. But if we’re being honest, we’re in it for the potato chips.
May 27: Balsamic Brown Butter Tortellini With Spinach And Hazelnuts
Chic enough to serve at a dinner party, simple enough to whip up on a weeknight. (We're talking a meal for six in 20 minutes, people.)