April Dinner Ideas

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 – it 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!

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

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Italian Pot RoastGarlic-Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, green salad

Stir-Fry Chicken & Vegetables, rice

Sausage-Chard Frittata, Easy Artisan Bread, green salad

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

Chicken-Pesto Greek Style Homemade Pizza

Rustic Hummus Made with Sesame Seeds - An Oregon Cottage

Turkey-sausage meatballs, carrot-feta salad, 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

Shrimp & Asparagus over White Bean Puree - An Oregon Cottage

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

Cheesy Baked Pasta, green salad

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

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


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).

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.

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