April Dinner Menu Ideas

Note: For 2015 I am republishing our monthly menus from 2014, adding in new published recipes when appropriate. I hope you are able to use these seasonal menus as a starting point for your own family menus. Not sure why to menu plan? Check out all the great reasons here, plus get a free seasonal menu planning eBook!

April Dinner Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

April is such a month of hope and looking forward, don’t you think? I just can’t help thinking about the garden lettuce, peas, and spinach we may soon be eating – and then all the other treasures of the coming gardening season. I swear I can almost taste the fresh tomatoes when I look at my little tomato seedlings! Luckily, because I still have a few jars of canned salsa, rotel-style & regular diced tomatoes, and frozen roasted tomato sauce I can get some of that good flavor in our April dinners.

During this month I find myself hovering between lighter fare like shrimp and asparagus and hearty things like soups and stews, which pretty much reflects our changeable weather, I guess. You’ll see this played out in the menu ideas below – as always, I’ve provided side dish ideas where appropriate. I hope this helps you with dinner ideas to plan for the month!

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Italian Pot RoastGarlic-Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, green salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Sausage-Chard Frittata, Easy Artisan BreadRoasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Stir-Fry Chicken & Vegetables, rice

Roasted Root Vegetable Hash with Eggs, Bacon & Feta, Orange Almond Green Salad, leftover artisan bread

Cheesy Baked Pasta, green salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Creamy Pesto Tortellini wit Red Peppers - An Oregon Cottage

Creamy Pesto Tortellini with Red Peppers, green salad

Homemade Tomato Soup, Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, cut carrots & red peppers

Sausage and Lentil Stew, salad, leftover dinner rolls

Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken, Baked Tasty Rice, Baked Lemon-Garlic Grated Carrots

Chicken-Pesto Greek Style Homemade Pizza (using leftover chicken)

Rustic Hummus Made with Sesame Seeds - An Oregon Cottage

Turkey-sausage meatballs, Carrot Salad with Feta & Olives, Rustic Hummus made with Sesame Seeds, Easy Whole Wheat Pita

Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken, Tasty Rice, steamed broccoli

Easy Thai-Style Chicken & Vegetable Curry (made with leftover chicken), brown rice

Baked Ham, Slow Cooker Cheesy-Garlic Scalloped Potatoes, green salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

Delicious Ham-Bone Soup, Skillet Pesto Twist Bread, vegetable platter with Feta Dip

Shrimp & Asparagus over White Bean Puree - An Oregon Cottage

Shrimp & Asparagus over White Bean Puree, Sourdough Artisan Bread, green salad

Individual Cheesy-Crust Ham Pies (use leftover ham from last week), spinach, cranberry & feta salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Lemon-Garlic Roasted Chicken & Vegetables, slaw, leftover artisan bread

Quick Homemade Pigs in a Blanket, cut carrots & vegetables with ranch dip

Quick Corn & Sausage Chowder, Amazing Whole Wheat Flaky Biscuits, green salad with ranch dressing


Note: our family menu always have a couple of standards: Saturdays alternate between burgers on homemade buns (or pigs-in-blankets) & fries and homemade pizza; Sundays are mostly on-your-own leftovers (if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or pesto).

If you need more, you can always check out these articles in our archives for lots more on menu planning:

I hope you enjoy and are able to use some of these favorite family meals of ours. You can follow me on Pinterest for even more simple, seasonal and from scratch dinner ideas!



  1. Leslie says

    Just saw the shrimp and asparagus recipe and nearly fell out of my chair. On my way to buy asparagus right now. This looks fantastic. I may not be able to wait until suppertime! Thanks, Jami.

  2. J. Mac Neal says

    Asparagus is one of those vegetables one either loves or hates. I confess I’m in the latter camp. I would buy and cook tender spring asparagus for my sweet spouse, who adored it, but for myself, noooooo, thank you. I must say, though, that is one handsome shot you took of your Shrimp and Asparagus over White Bean Purée. Any suggestions on a veggie that I could sub for the asparagus when making a version of the dish for me?

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