Best Weeknight Dinners to Make in December

You’re busy baking gingerbread cookies and making chocolate fudge when a thought crosses your mind: “What should I make for dinner?” The answer to that eternal question? Comfort foods that will help you stay warm as the temperatures drop, such as the Pepper-Crusted Lamb with Roasted Vegetables that’s pictured here. It’s simple enough to prepare any night of the week, but special enough for a holiday gathering; simply put, it’s the back-pocket recipe you need during a busy month like December. Like the rest of the recipes we’re sharing here, it serves at least four people and comes together in less than one hour. And, as always, Mondays are meatless.

December is a jam-packed month. You’re likely shopping for gifts, entertaining, attending cookie swaps, taking kids to holiday events, and so much more. Time is extra tight for meal prep during this time of year, which is why we’ve saved some of our fastest, least fussy weeknight dinner recipes for this collection. With holiday parties happening practically every weekend, we also have several healthy feel-good meals to balance things out during the week, like our easy Roasted-Vegetable Couscous Bowl which is cooked on a sheet pan (always a fan-favorite method!).

Of course, there are plenty of classic, hearty dinner recipes in the mix, too. Our Instant Pot Turkey Chili is simple to prepare and makes great leftovers; we bet you’ll love it so much that you’ll also want to make it for football Sunday. Another winner is our Lemon-and-Parsley Risotto, which is the perfect foundational recipe perfect for those who have never tried their hand at risotto before (and even if you have, its simplicity is charming as always).

So, what are you waiting for? Make these family-friendly dinner recipes your go-to menu for December and you’ll be eating deliciously (and simply!) all month long.

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