Use this seasonal April dinner ideas menu as is or as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus. These recipes are family approved, simple, and all real food.
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April is such a month of hope and looking forward, don't you think?
I can't help but think 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 and regular diced tomatoes, and frozen roasted tomato sauce I can get some of that good flavor in our April dinners.
During this first full month of spring I find myself hovering between lighter fare like shrimp and asparagus and hearty things like soups and stews, which pretty much reflects the changeable weather!
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!
April Dinner Ideas
Roasted Root Vegetable Hash with Eggs, Bacon & Feta, Orange Almond Green Salad, leftover artisan bread
Creamy Pesto Tortellini with Red Peppers, green salad
Sausage and Lentil Stew, salad, leftover dinner rolls
Chicken-Pesto Greek Style Homemade Pizza (using leftover chicken)
Easy Thai-Style Chicken & Vegetable Curry (made with leftover chicken), brown rice
Lemon-Garlic Roasted Chicken & Vegetables, slaw, leftover artisan bread
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:
- Menu Planning 101 (dinners)
- 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- Monthly dinner menus
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!