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30 Lazy June Dinner Ideas to Make Every Night This Month

Our post-Memorial Day brains are set on one thing: doing the least amount of cooking possible, while still enjoying the benefits of peak-delicious seasonal produce (looking at you, heirloom tomatoes). With these 30 June dinner ideas, we can all spend a little less time cooking and a little more time on the important things (like soaking up the summer sun and sipping wine in the yard).

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June 1: Green Goddess Pasta

Your favorite herb-packed salad dressing, but make it pasta sauce. A trio of fresh tarragon, basil and chives give this vibrant dish its magic (and the dollop of ricotta on top doesn't hurt either).

June 2: Sheet Pan Honey Tahini Salmon With Chickpeas And Couscous

Minimal prep, modest cooking time and almost no cleanup? Yes, please. You could use the tahini-honey glaze on another kind of fish if salmon isn't your thing.

June 3: Strawberry, Basil And Arugula Salad With Lots Of Black Pepper

Make the most of strawberry season with this simple, ten-minute salad. The fruit is marinated in rice vinegar and honey, which helps release all its juices and creates its own dressing. Add grilled chicken or baked tofu for more protein.

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June 4: Leftovers Frittata

From wilted greens to last night's rice, this skillet frittata can accommodate basically any neglected or forgotten produce, protein, grain or cheese. Even better, you'll only have one dirty pan to clean after dinner.

June 5: 15-minute Cucumber-avocado Blender Soup

Whoever said soup was reserved for cold weather never had the pleasure of eating this mind-blowingly simple meal. Don’t skip the crusty, cheesy baguette on the side—it's just right for dipping.

June 6: Sheet Pan Persian Lemon Chicken

The entire dish can be assembled in about five minutes, and any leftovers will keep in your refrigerator for up to four days. (That's what we like to call lunch plans.)

June 7: Pepper Teigen’s Thai Glazed Ribs

You might think you need to fire up the grill for these bad boys, but deep-frying is the key to cooking Thai-style ribs. The process gets them perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside in record time (and it's less effort than it sounds).

June 8: 20-minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

It’s buttery and bright, minus all the carbs of the original. Bonus: You only need ten ingredients to pull it off, and most of them are in your kitchen right now.

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June 9: Chickpea Burgers

This versatile legume is good for so much more than hummus. Even staunch carnivores can get down with this vegetarian alternative, since it'll still fill them with 20 grams of protein.

June 10: Skillet Pasta With Summer Squash, Ricotta And Basil

'Tis the season to stuff every farmers market summer squash you can get your hands on into your tote bag, and this one-pan skillet pasta is just the way to show off your haul. Substitute zucchini if you'd like.

June 11: Summer Vegetable Steak Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing

This elegant dinner is only 25 minutes away. You can cook the skirt steak on the grill if the weather's right, but the recipe calls for charring it under your broiler instead for fuss-free prep.

June 12: Spicy Pineapple Prosciutto Tarts

Serve these sweet-and-spicy cuties with a big green salad for your first al fresco dinner of the season. (Psst: The puff pastry is store-bought.)

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June 13: 15-minute Herb-crumbed Fish

Foolproof, fast and flexible—it's the ultimate weeknight dinner. You can prepare the herb crumb and store it in the fridge a few days ahead to save even more time, or swap in crumbled potato chips for a salty spin on breadcrumbs.

June 14: Firecracker Chicken With Rice

It’s just like takeout…except it’s tastier and on the table faster than you can pull up a delivery app. Cut back on the sriracha to make it less spicy (and more kid-friendly).

June 15: The Ultimate Dinner Salad

The key to a salad that’s hearty enough to be the main course is to skip the usual wilted lettuce in favor of filling toppings (like chickpeas and chicken) and sturdy greens (like snap peas).

June 16: Asparagus, Peas And Cucumber ‘cacio E Pepe’

Complete with a zingy lemon-garlic vinaigrette. Use a Y-shaped peeler for the asparagus and cucumber ribbons if you don't have a spiralizer.

June 17: Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza With Zucchini And Bell Peppers

With store-bought flatbread (and any veggies you have around), the pizza goes from oven to table in about 15 minutes flat.

June 18: Fish Taco Salad

Crispy fish topped with a mound of light, vinegary coleslaw is an easy win. Add fresh pico de gallo, avocado and crispy tortilla chips to the mix, and you have a salad for the books.

June 19: Steak Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, especially those who'll get to sink their teeth into these tender, juicy skewers. Don't let the meat intimidate you—these are practically foolproof (and the chimichurri is even simpler).

June 20: Cheater’s Whole Grilled Chicken And Vegetables

The spatchcocked bird is done in an hour, you won’t have to worry about dirtying your entire kitchen and the leftovers make a mean chicken salad. Any questions?

June 21: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

It’s officially summer, meaning the weather is perpetually hot. Are you turning your oven on to make dinner? We think not. Serve the sammies with lots of coleslaw and mac and cheese.

June 22: Baked Sesame-ginger Salmon In Parchment

Want to know a secret? If you swap the parchment paper for foil, you can pop the salmon packets on the grill instead of in your oven and call it a day.

June 23: Veggie Banh Mi Bowls With Crispy Tofu

You won't even miss the pork belly, since the tofu is just as savory and crisp—trust. Use plant-based mayonnaise to make the bowls totally vegan, and substitute cauliflower rice for quinoa or brown rice to cut back on the carbs.

June 24: Carrot-ricotta Tart With Pesto And Pine Nuts

Savory pie is always invited to dinner at our place. Use multicolored heirloom carrots for a rustic look; they'll make the tart so pretty that your guests won't realize you started with store-bought puff pastry and pesto.

June 25: Moules-frites (steamed Mussels And Fries)

It's a 30-minute meal that tastes like you're dining on the French Riviera, minus the hassle of a long flight. If that isn't très chic, we don't know what is.

June 26: Watermelon Poke Bowls

It’s hot and humid, and you’re craving something crisp and cool. Enter these fish-free poke bowls, which require zero cooking and are photogenic to boot. (You know, for your Instagram.) In case you need help cutting that watermelon...

June 27: 15-minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Our shortcut version of this Thai favorite includes ground pork, but you could swap in ground chicken, turkey or even crumbled tofu instead. Just don't skip the crunchy bean sprouts and peanuts.

June 28: Summer Skillet Gnocchi With Grilled Corn And Burrata

This is a buttery, char-kissed dish best served with a glass of white wine on the patio. You can thank us after you go back for seconds.

June 29: 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil

We love all no-cook meals, but those that are ready to devour in 15 minutes flat are hands-down our favorites. All you need is a blender or food processor and a boatload of ripe summer produce to make it happen.

June 30: Skillet Salad Pizza

You made it to the end of June—congrats! Your reward? Homemade pizza that offers cheese, fluffy crust and garlic alongside crisp, peppery arugula, because balance. Pass the Parm, please.


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