The 31 Best Recipes to Cook This May
If there’s one thing we’re excited about this May, it’s getting outside. And eating outside. That means picnicking, grilling, and simply eating as many meals outdoors as possible. And as more and more people become fully vaccinated and restrictions are lifted, perhaps some of you will enjoy family barbecues and small get-togethers with friends in the backyard. May also ends with Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer to some. My plan is to keep it simple with grilled burgers, my favorite grilled broccoli salad (I bought a giant bag of broccoli at Costco just for this!), and a crunchy slaw.
Next weekend is Mother’s Day, and if your plans include a breakfast or brunch consider getting a head-start with a timeless coffee cake or blueberry studded breakfast casserole, and definitely some cold brew. A spinach-artichoke frittata or breakfast tacos are also good choices. No matter what you make, don’t forget the bacon.
We’re also sliding into one of the sweetest times of year: strawberry season. When you eventually find them at the farmers market, buy two baskets (you know you’re going to devour most of them immediately, so then you’ll have a backup for later). Then use them for a pretty fruit salad, a super-springy arugula salad, or easy, classic strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Despite my best planning efforts, it’s been a little bit of a struggle to get meals on the table in a timely manner lately. The result is a hangry toddler (yikes!). So this month, in addition to keeping plenty of quick and easy recipes in my dinner rotation (think: foil packets and veggie-packed pasta), I’m focusing more on make-ahead meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have my sights set on overnight oats for the morning, pasta salad for lunches, and slow cooker BBQ shredded chicken for dinner.
Here are 31 of our favorite ideas for recipes to cook and bake throughout the month ahead.