November may as well be the Olympics of cooking, since one of the biggest annual food holidays looms at the end of the month. If you’re like us, cooking fatigue can be very real this time of year, but no one wants to run out of steam before reaching the finish line. (In case you forgot, you’ll need to prepare a meal on 29 other days apart from Thanksgiving.) Luckily, we have you covered with 30 November dinner ideas that are as fuss-free as they are delicious. We’re talking slow cooker dishes, sheet pan masterpieces and make-ahead gems alike that are destined for your table.
30 November Dinner Ideas That Are Low-Lift, Holiday-Ready and Delicious
Let the cooking Olympics commence
Homemade pasta in 40 minutes? Believe it, friend. This cozy dish is actually super simple to execute, since everything is cooked in the same pot. Finish your plate with grated Parm and chopped chives.
November 8: Chipotle Cocoa Three-Bean Chili
Forget fussy chicken wings—this 50-minute crowd-pleaser is bound to become your game day go-to. It's naturally vegan and gluten-free, but if you don't have any dietary restrictions, top your bowl with all the cheddar cheese, sour cream and Fritos you crave.
November 9: One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale
And you thought cooking steak at home was a tall order. These cuts of beef tenderloin only need about three minutes per side under the broiler to cook to juicy perfection. Let the meat rest for at least five minutes before slicing so they retain their juices.
November 16: Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Believe it or not, the store-bought gnocchi gets soft on the inside and crispy on the outside without a single second of boiling. Chalk it up to a drizzle of olive oil and your trusty baking sheet.
November 17: White Shakshuka with Roasted Crispy Eggplant
Brunch babes, you've never had shakshuka like this. "The yogurt base, seasoned with lemon and herbs, turns almost ricotta-like," explains recipe developer Adeena Sussman. "While the shakshuka is cooking, [the] eggplant crisps up in the oven to create the tastiest little veggie croutons you’ve ever had.” Where do we sign?
November 21: Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
November 23: Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
November 25: Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives
We love you, store-bought pizza dough. This cheater's pie is piled high with easy jarred tomato sauce, three types of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and marinated olives. We'd wash it all down with a dry Italian red if we were you.
November 30: White Bean Stew with Marinated Radicchio
This cold-weather dish will soothe your soul at first spoonful. The slightly bitter radicchio is marinated in fresh lemon juice, then added to the stew at the end of cooking so it retains its crunch. Stir in a few meatballs or a swirl of yogurt for a protein boost.