Make It a Meal: 6 Easy Spring Dinner Menu Ideas
Try a week's worth of dinner ideas perfect for springtime.
Each menu includes a main dish and two easy go-withs. Just pick whichever one sounds best. Bonus: We're sharing our best picks for wine or beer pairings to go with each menu.
Menu #1: Super Simple Salmon
Salmon steaks or fillets are seasoned with garlic powder and dried basin, and cooked in a skillet for a quick and easy meal. Todkoz says, "I added a little lemon pepper to the rub and sauteed some fresh garlic in the butter before cooking the salmon. Try it; you'll love it!" Watch the video to see how easy it is to make.
Wine Pick: Beaujolais-Villages, such as Nicolas Potel
Menu #2: Sweet Slow Cooker Ham
Here's an easy set-it-and-forget-it recipe perfect for Sunday supper. And just think of the delicious dishes you can make with the ham leftovers! "This ham gets rave reviews every time I make it. The combination of sugar, pineapple and chai tea gives this ham a great flavor." -- Lori Richardson
Wine Pick: Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling or other off-dry Riesling
Menu #3: Garlic Chicken with Honey & Rosemary
Chicken thighs are baked in a buttery garlic/rosemary/honey sauce. "Great for busy family," says Beach Mama. "Easy prep with few ingredients. I broiled for last few minutes in oven to crisp n brown chicken."
Wine Pick: Foxglove Chardonnay or other California Chardonnay
Menu #4: Healthy Vegetable Pasta Primavera
Asparagus, mushrooms, yellow squash, carrots,and cherry tomatoes are tossed with whole-grain pasta and Parmesan cheese for a light and flavorful take on pasta primavera.
Serve with: Pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon and chile powder OR Cranberry Carrot Cake
Wine Pick: Underwood Pinot Gris or other Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio
Menu #5: Jewish-Style Sweet-and-Sour Brisket
"I have made this brisket for the past 2 years for Passover Seder. Both times it has come out beautifully! Instead of cooking in a pot on the stove I browned the meat in a pan and they placed the meat in a slow cooker for 12 hours on low. This is perfect because I can start the meat in the morning before work and it is ready when I am ready to have guests over in the evening." -- Freshjiiven
Beer Pick: Shmaltz Brewing Messiah Brown Ale or other malty brown ale
Menu #6: Easy Chorizo Street Tacos
Here's a super-quick meal that takes less than 20 minutes to pull together. Mexican chorizo sausage is cooked in adobo sauce to stuff into soft tacos with chopped onion and fresh cilantro.
Serve with: Romaine Salad with tomatoes and red onion OR Black Beans with Green Onions (Sauté sliced green onions in olive oil over medium heat until soft, about 2 minutes. Add a 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed. Cook 5 minutes. Season with black pepper and cayenne; serve with sour cream.)
Beer Pick: Tecate or other lager beer
More: Check out our collection of Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes.
This article originally appeared in Allrecipes Magazine.