5 Dinner Ideas to Welcome Spring

This week’s meal plan reminds us that we can enjoy fresh, seasonal flavors at the dinner table. I’m especially excited for Three-Cheese Pesto Lasagna and Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce, served with a side of Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic and Chives.

The words "What's for Dinner" is written across in the middle of the image. Two bowls of pressure cooker chipotle chicken with rice, herbs, sliced jalepano, lime wedge and topped with cojita cheese. The bowls each have a white plate underneath. A partial view of a pressure cooker is in the right lower corner. A fork and knife are resting on a green and red patterned linen in the upper left corner.

Most years, April is my absolute favorite month. Sporting two family birthdays, Easter, and Spring Break, April is usually chock full of family celebrations.

This year is a little different with the kids on an extended school break and no travel plans on the horizon. Yet, I’m determined to still celebrate, albeit close to home. There is lots to love about the month of April for me. Birthdays are still special and Easter is still a holiday.

Make the most of this week and welcome April with punchy sauces and easy-breezy prep times. These meals are all tasty, celebratory, and totally doable. Staying home and keeping things small doesn’t mean it can’t be a party—even if it’s a party of one.

  • Three-Cheese Pesto Lasagna

    Three Cheese Lasagna
    Elizabeth Stark

    Lasagna is a great make-ahead meal, and this vegetarian version is no exception. Reheat leftovers for lunches all week long. Feel free to substitute canned pesto for the homemade version in this recipe. If a whole pan is too much, try our Cooking for Two: Loaf Pan Lasagna.

  • Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls

    Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls
    Coco Morante

    Smoky chipotle sauce cooks along with the rice in the slow cooker to create a robust dinner. Scoop into bowls along with the rice and all your favorite toppings to create the bowl dinner of your dreams. Any leftovers would be great wrapped in a tortilla or tucked in a taco.

  • Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce

    Pork Chops Dijon Mustard Sauce
    Elise Bauer

    Pork chops are an easy weeknight meal but can be tricky to cook perfectly. I want a juicy pork chop that is just a little pink on the inside with a crispy crust on the outside. This recipe did the trick! The mustard sauce adds a nice tangy component, and, best of all, the meal is made in one pot and is on the table in less than an hour. Serve with Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic and Chives.

  • Quick Beef Stir-Fry with Bell Peppers

    Quick Beef Stir Fry with Bell Peppers
    Elise Bauer

    This is a great recipe to have in your back pocket. No fancy sauces or marinating time needed (though a squeeze of sriracha is never a bad idea). Just a few ingredients and a jaw-dropping 10-minute cook time make this meal one that can be made again and again. Serve with white or brown rice.

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  • Salmon with Tomato, Onions, and Capers

    Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Capers
    Elise Bauer

    This simple recipe is one-pot, delicious, and incredibly fast. The light-flavored salmon fillet gets embellished with strong flavors for a satisfying meal. Simmering the salmon in with the sauce keeps the fish from drying out and makes clean up a snap. Fresh or frozen salmon or cod would work great in this recipe. Serve with Asparagus Risotto and receive high fives all around the dinner table.

  • Coconut Macaroons

    Completed Coconut Macaroons Recipe on White Plate
    Elise Bauer

    Not to be confused with the fancy French macaron, this easy gluten-free cookie uses unsweetened coconut and egg whites to create the chewy, crispy cookies we all love.