30 November Dinner Ideas That Will Cure Your Cooking Fatigue

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November is kind of like the Olympics of cooking, with the year’s biggest food holiday looming at the end. But the month can’t be all about turkey and stuffing—don’t forget there are 29 other days, and if you’re anything like us, cooking fatigue is a very real thing this year. No one wants to run out of steam before they reach the finish line, which is why we’ve got you covered with 30 November dinner ideas that are as fuss-free as they are delicious (yep, including Thanksgiving).

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November 1: Sausage, Corn and Poblano Chowder

It’s officially soup season, and we’re here for it (especially recipes that take less than an hour and are like a fuzzy sweater in a bowl).

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November 2: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

We love meatballs and we love chicken tikka masala…so what could be better than a combo of the two? This has layers of flavor but requires minimal effort on your end.

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November 3: Spicy Lemon-Ginger Chicken Soup

It’s going to be a long day, so you need something nourishing and comforting to eat. This chicken soup will hit the spot. (Go ahead and add noodles if you want.)

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November 4: Buckwheat Gnocchi with Cabbage, Potatoes and Fontina

Homemade pasta? Believe it. This dish is actually super simple to execute: It takes 40 minutes, and everything gets cooked in the same pot…not to mention all that cheese.

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November 5: Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders

They’re sweet, salty and sure to please—whether you’re 9 or 99.

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November 6: Pizza with Butternut Squash Sauce

Friday will always be pizza night in our book, and this one has a fun autumnal twist.

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November 7: Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

There’s nothing like the smell of roast chicken permeating your home, especially on a cold fall night. This one is surprisingly hands-off and delightfully seasonal.

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November 8: Roasted Squash and Tofu with Soy, Honey, Chili and Ginger

It's winter squash season, friend, and it’s not just for side dishes. This plant-based meal is creamy, decadent and actually pretty good for you.

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November 9: Spicy Bucatini Amatriciana

While we can’t spontaneously hop a flight to Italy, we can pretend by way of a plate full of pasta. This one is spicy and meaty in all the right ways.

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November 10: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

We kid you not, this hearty, filling curry is one of the easiest things we've ever made. Plus, with so many pantry ingredients, you probably already have a bunch of the items at home.

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November 11: One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine

You make your main course and sides all at once, so fewer pots and pans to clean later. Genius.

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November 12: Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

Proof that a dinner salad doesn’t have to be boring or leave you hungry 30 minutes later.

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November 13: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

It’s just as crave-worthy as a piping hot bowl of macaroni and cheese but calls for just five ingredients and 20 minutes of your evening.

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November 14: Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

It tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen, but no one needs to know you let the slow cooker do all the work.

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November 15: White Turkey Chili with Avocado

We serve ours with shredded cheese, sour cream and corn bread on the side.

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November 16: Buffalo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s indulgent like your favorite loaded baked potato meal back in the day, but a whole lot healthier when you sub in sweet potatoes.

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November 17: Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet

It’s gorgeous, delicious and a breeze to make. Do you need more reasons than that?

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November 18: Alison Roman’s Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Buttered Pistachios

And you thought you hit your squash quota? Ha. This vegetarian dish is rich, buttery and satisfying, thanks in part to a generous swoop of yogurt sauce.

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November 19: Caramelized Mushroom Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto

These caramelized mushrooms are savory, chewy and a far cry from the wet and spongy ones found on takeout pizza.

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November 20: Delicata Buckwheat Bowls

Which would you rather: a sad salad or a hearty grain bowl packed with seasonal veggies that takes just 30 minutes to make? We think we know the answer.

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November 21: Citrus, Shrimp and Quinoa Salad with Feta

Behold, a 20-minute salad that’s packed with protein and tastes even better if you prepare it a day in advance.

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November 22: Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Leeks

The sweet squash and savory, crunchy leeks are a match made in heaven. Want to make it vegetarian? Use vegetable broth instead of chicken.

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November 23: Tomato and White Bean Stew on Toast

This is not the time you want to go all out on any old weeknight meal. Keep it simple and nourishing with a pot of homemade beans.

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November 24: Zucchini Noodle Pad See Ew

Tonight, keep it light on calories but not on flavor. (And yes, you should definitely have seconds.)

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November 25: Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage

It’s the night before Turkey Day and you likely spent the entire afternoon prepping in the kitchen. If you’re not getting takeout, this is the next easiest thing.

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November 26: Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast

It’s Thanksgiving, so duh. (And we promise: The slow-cooker trick will mean the moistest turkey of your life.)

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November 27: Spicy Turkey Enchiladas with Pumpkin Seeds

Those leftover turkey sandwiches won’t know what’s coming for them.

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November 28: Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

The way the Brussels sprouts get caramelized and soak up all the pan juices is *chef’s kiss.*

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November 29: Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms and Bacon

No, you don’t actually have to stir polenta the entire time. You do, however, have to top it with mushrooms, bacon and all the fresh herbs you can find.

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November 30: Spinach and Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells

We’re now entering baked pasta season. Best to get a head start.

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