Easy Weeknight Dinners For March

Get over your winter delivery and takeout habit.

air fryer pork chops on a plate with white rice and roasted zucchini

If you’re like us, March is the month when you start to feel the doldrums of winter lift. Sure, it might snow again, and there will certainly be lots of rainy days, but you can convince yourself that every one could be the last, and that spring is truly right around the corner. With spring comes fairer weather and, our favorite, lots of fresh produce. To celebrate, we’re cutting our takeout and delivery habits (well, somewhat, we’re not monsters 😈), and getting back in the kitchen. We’ve got 40 recipes to help inspire you to make dinner this March— one for every day of the month, and then some!

While we’ve got a couple old standbys included here, we know that the best way to get out of a winter rut is to (sometimes literally) spice things up. Whether that means adding new flavors into old faves, like in our miso bolognese; swapping traditional meat for veggies instead, like in our vegetarian moussaka; or combining two classics into one, like in our French onion fettuccine alfredo, all it’ll take is cooking outside the box a bit to liven you up and get you ready for spring.

And hey, if you’re not big on going out and celebrating spring just yet (and we get it, it’s still wintery out in March!), stay home and bring the seasonal party to you. We’re taking inspiration from the season, and including recipes that are synonymous with March holidays like St. Patrick’s Day or Mardi Gras. Corned beef & cabbage and seafood gumbo, we’ll be enjoying you all month long.

Feeling slow to come out of winter hibernation? We’ve got you. Tons of these recipes are easy one-pot wonders, or can be made in your air-fryer or instant pot. And if even that seems like too much, we’ve got a couple sandwich options for you too, like our shrimp po’boy or cheddar ranch chicken salad. Serve them alongside a soup or salad for the perfect stress-free weeknight meal this March.

air fryer pork chops with white rice and roasted zucchini on a white plate
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Air Fryer Pork Chops

Due to the intense heat circulation that happens in the air fryer, the outside of these chops crisps slightly while the inside stays nice and juicy. 20 minutes later — most of it hands-off time — and it's basically instant dinner.

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lemon asparagus penne pasta topped with red chili flakes and parmesan
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Lemony Asparagus Pasta

We shine a spotlight on the spikey star ingredient with a supporting cast of creamy white wine sauce, deeply infused with fragrant lemony notes and a nice salty Parmesan kick. We can't think of a better harmony of flavors to celebrate the beginning of spring!

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Corned Beef Sandwich

If you have leftover corned beef and cabbage, making this sandwich is a must. With corned beef, sauerkraut, and relish, what's not to love?

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sichuan pesto noodles topped with white sesame seeds on a white plate
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Sichuan Pesto Noodles

Transform springy basil pesto with Szechuan peppercorns! Thai basil is worth seeking out, as its anise-forward, peppery profile pairs well with soy sauce and sesame oil. If you’re unsure of how you’ll handle the spice, make sure to garnish with plenty of Parmesan to mellow the heat.

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seafood gumbo with shrimp and sausage over white rice
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Seafood Gumbo

Gumbo is a true melting pot dish. It's a top notch comfort stew centered around a flavorful roux and the Holy Trinity of onions, celery and bell peppers.

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creamy tuscan chicken with tomatoes and spinach in a black cast iron
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Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Be sure to have some crusty bread on hand, because this sauce is KILLER. When it comes to chicken breast recipes, its hard to beat this one.

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garlicky lemon baked tilapia
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Garlicky Lemon Baked Tilapia

Tilapia has a very mild fish taste and is a great way to get those non-fish lovers on board. We cooked ours in plenty of butter, lemon, and garlic to make it bright and fresh and easy to love.

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Baked Feta Pasta

This pasta went viral on TikTok, and for good reason! Roasting a block of feta with bursting tomatoes is amazing, and you can add things like shallots and smashed garlic to make it your own.

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Park Feierbach
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Fish Tacos

The fish—we use cod, but any flaky variety, like tilapia, works—marinates in a mixture of lime juice, chili powder, and cumin that will become your standard. But the real gem of this recipe is the cabbage slaw — its brightness is the perfect condiment to the spiced cod.

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twice baked sweet potatoes
Park Feierbach
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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

We love a good twice-baked potato when we're craving something creamy, carb-y, and comforting. These twice-baked sweet potatoes exhibit all the same qualities, making them the perfect vegetarian dinner!

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vegetarian moussaka
Parker Feierbach
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Vegetarian Moussaka

Moussaka is an eggplant based dish that is traditionally made with ground beef. Here we swapped the meat with lentils and topped the whole thing with a creamy bechamel sauce to make this an even heartier vegetarian dish.

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Brandon Bales
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Bacon And Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Hasselback your chicken by cutting shallow slits into your chicken breasts (don't cut all the way through!) and stuff each slit with bacon and a creamy spinach and artichoke filling.

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fried rice
Parker Feierbach
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Fried Rice

Fried rice is a quick and delicious way to transform leftovers into something greater than the sum of its parts. Though we sometimes think of certain ingredients being typical (eggs, garlic), you can add whatever springy veggies you want.

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mongolian beef ramen
Chelsea Lupkin
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Mongolian Beef Ramen

Mongolian beef is a popular American-Chinese takeout dish often made with thin slices of flank steak, accompanied by veggies, spiked with ginger, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and scallions. Here we took some liberties and adapted the original stir-fry steak dish into a meatball and ramen skillet.

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shrimp po boy
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Shrimp Po’ Boy

If you've never had an iconic Louisiana po' boy, this fried shrimp version is a great place to start. Dressed with crunchy shredded iceburg, juicy tomatoes, and a creamy and briny remoulade sauce, this imposing sandwich will take you to the fern and Spanish moss-lined streets of NOLA in seconds flat.

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miso bolognese fettucine garnished with chives in a black bowl on a blue background
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Miso Bolognese

We’re no strangers to the simple magic of a well-done bolognese. To avoid falling into a dreaded rut, we turned to one of our favorite super-power ingredients to jazz it up. Enter: miso!

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cacio e pepe delishcom
Parker Feierbach
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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe literally translates to “cheese and pepper,” and while those are the prominent flavors here, this dish is SO much more. What makes it so perfect? Its simplicity.

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Emily Hlavac Green
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Braised Chicken Thighs

You only need ONE pan to make these!

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Parker Feierbach
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Vegetarian Baked Ziti

Spring spinach, ricotta, and lots of love.

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crockpot lasagna on a white plate with a green salad
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Crock-Pot Lasagna

Is there really anything more stick-to-your-ribs delicious than a cheesy, hearty lasagna? Though you might be able to pull off only using the slow-cooker for this recipe, we do recommend browning the meat and sautéing together in a skillet for maximum flavor.

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dark chicken and sausage gumbo in a bowl with white rice topped with sliced green onions
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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

The true spirit of Cajun gumbo is using what you have on hand. If you can’t find andouille, grab some kielbasa. Prefer drumsticks or chicken breast? Go for it. Like with any stew, gumbo only gets better as it sits, so this makes great leftovers.

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mac and chili stew
Emily Hlavac Green
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Mac & Chili Stew

This is less a traditional stew and more of an amazing beef chili mixed with some macaroni and (lots) of cheese. It's hearty comfort food at its finest and would make an excellent addition to any outdoor spring BBQ.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

A new take on the diner classic. If you've got a little more time on your hands, fancy it up by making your own homemade chili instead of the canned stuff. (Our Ultimate Beef Chili is the best.)

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Charlie Gillette
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French Onion Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo meets French Onion Soup in this crazy pasta dish. To top off the dish Gruyère gets melted over baguette slices and really sends this dish to the next level.

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instant pot cheddar chicken salad
Emily Hlavac Green
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Instant Pot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

You really can't go wrong with ranch, cheddar, and bacon.

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classic cioppino
Parker Feierbach
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Originating in San Francisco, this tomato-based seafood stew is traditionally filled with whatever seafood is fresh at the market. Hit your local fishmonger or farmers market and see what you can snag!

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garlic parmesan salmon
Erik Bernstein
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Garlic Parmesan Salmon

Let everyone go in with a fork and get their own portions – community style. This salmon is covered in plenty of garlic and Parmesan for a tried and true favorite and the cook time (only 20 minutes!) couldn't be sweeter.

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Parker Feierbach
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Dan Dan Noodles

While sometimes served as a soup in China, American versions of Dan Dan noodles are usually more saucy than soupy, and often include sesame paste, peanut butter, or tahini, like the recipe below. These will definitely heat up your week.

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closeup of an ahi tuna white rice bowl with carrots, green onions, cucumbers, radish and edamame
Bryce Johnson
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Ahi Poke Bowls

This is our favorite combo of ingredients, but you can feel free to swap in your favorites or whatever you’ve got in the fridge. The key is to aim for color and variety, but the world really is your oyster... er, tuna!

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buffalo chicken pizza
Parker Feierbach
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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Got some leftover roasted chicken? This pizza is the PERFECT way to use it! If you don't, shredding rotisserie chicken is a great alternative.

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