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.
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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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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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.
Get the Sichuan Pesto Noodles recipe.
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.
Get the Seafood Gumbo recipe.
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.
Get the Garlicky Lemon Baked Tilapia recipe.
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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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 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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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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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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You only need ONE pan to make these!
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Spring spinach, ricotta, and lots of love.
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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.
Get the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe.
You really can't go wrong with ranch, cheddar, and bacon.
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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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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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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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!
Get the Ahi Poke Bowls recipe.