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).
30 Lazy June Dinner Ideas to Make Every Night This Month
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.
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
June 7: Pepper Teigen’s Thai Glazed Ribs
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.
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.)
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
June 16: Asparagus, Peas And Cucumber ‘cacio E Pepe’
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
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
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.
For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.