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31 Quick Dinners for August

In August, you want to savor what’s in season—and soak up the sun! Grab our best quick dinner ideas for every night of the month.

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Day 1: Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet

I’m the proud mother of wonderful and active children. Simple, delicious and quick meals like this BBQ pork skillet are perfect for us to enjoy together after school activities, especially if I have leftover pulled pork. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana

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Day 2: Southwest Smothered ChickenTaste of Home

Day 2: Southwest Smothered Chicken

There's a party in every bite of this fiesta chicken dish. Let it spice up dinner tonight! If you're worried about the heat, simply reduce the amount of jalapenos. —Debbie Schaefer, Durand, Michigan

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Day 3: Salsa Verde Chicken CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 3: Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole

This is a rich and surprisingly tasty rendition of all the Tex-Mex dishes molded into one packed, beautiful casserole. Best of all, it’s ready in only half an hour! —Janet McCormick, Proctorville, Ohio

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Day 4: Summer Steak KabobsTaste of Home

Day 4: Summer Steak Kabobs

These steak kabobs not only satisfy my love of outdoor cooking, they feature a mouthwatering marinade, too. It's terrific with chicken and pork, but I prefer it with beef because it tenderizes remarkably well. —Christi Ross, Guthrie, Texas

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Day 5: Cherry-Chicken Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Day 5: Cherry-Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I came up with this amazing recipe when I had a load of cherries on hand. My family polished them off fast, and asked for more. Luckily I had enough fruit to make them again the next day! —Melissa Barlow, Fruit Heights, Utah

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Day 6: Blackened Catfish with Mango Avocado SalsaTaste of Home

Day 6: Blackened Catfish with Mango Avocado Salsa

A delightful and tasty rub makes this quick recipe fantastic. While the fish is sitting to allow the flavors to blend, you can easily assemble the salsa. My family loves this! —Laura Fisher, Westfield, Massachusetts

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Day 7: Quick Chicken PiccataTaste of Home

Day 7: Quick Chicken Piccata

Quick chicken recipes make dinner a breeze. Laced with lemon and simmered in white wine, this stovetop entree is super easy and elegant. Almost any side—noodles, veggies or bread—tastes better next to this lovely chicken. —Cynthia Heil, Augusta, Georgia

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Day 8: Fresh Corn & Tomato FettuccineTaste of Home

Day 8: Fresh Corn & Tomato Fettuccine

This recipe combines delicious whole wheat pasta with the best of fresh garden produce. It's tossed with heart-healthy olive oil, and a little feta cheese gives it bite. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida

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Day 9: Buffalo Turkey BurgersTaste of Home

Day 9: Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Celery and blue cheese dressing help tame the hot sauce on this turkey burger recipe. For an even lighter version, pass on the buns and serve with lettuce leaves, sliced onion and chopped tomato. —Mary Pax-Shipley, Bend, Oregon

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Day 10: Zucchini & Sausage Stovetop CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 10: Zucchini & Sausage Stovetop Casserole

Gather zucchini from your garden or farm stand and start cooking. My family goes wild for this wholesome casserole. We like our zucchini grated, not sliced. —LeAnn Gray, Taylorsville, Utah

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Day 11: Bacon & Swiss Chicken SandwichesTaste of Home

Day 11: Bacon & Swiss Chicken Sandwiches

I created this chicken sandwich recipe based on a meal my daughter ordered at a restaurant. She likes to dip her sandwich in the extra honey-mustard sauce. —Marilyn Moberg, Papillion, Nebraska

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Day 12: Steak FajitasTaste of Home

Day 12: Steak Fajitas

Zesty salsa and tender strips of steak make these traditional fajitas extra special. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Grilled Basil Chicken and TomatoesTaste of Home

Day 13: Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes

Relax after work with a cold drink while this savory chicken marinates in an herby tomato blend for an hour, then toss it on the grill. It tastes just like summer. —Laura Lunardi, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Day 14: Bacon, Egg & Avocado SandwichesTaste of Home

Day 14: Bacon, Egg & Avocado Sandwiches

My husband wanted bacon and eggs; I wanted a BLT. We settled our standoff with an irresistible sandwich we've had many times since. —Patti Darwin, Lubbock, Texas

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Day 15: Barbecue Chicken TostadasTaste of Home

Day 15: Barbecue Chicken Tostadas

Lots of my recipes start out as fun ways to use leftovers—like this one! My kids love tostadas, so this day-after-cookout dinner was a big hit. —Lauren Wyler, Dripping Springs, Texas

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Day 16: Turkey Pitas with Creamy SlawTaste of Home

Day 16: Turkey Pitas with Creamy Slaw

Pack these pockets 'o' fun for school, work or a weekend picnic—or just eat them at home. Toss in a few slices of red pepper for extra color and crunch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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Day 17: Cheesy Fiesta Beef CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 17: Cheesy Fiesta Beef Casserole

Over the years I’ve tweaked this recipe to end up with a wonderful, quick weeknight meal. Feel free to spice it up with jalapenos, if you prefer a little more heat. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Day 18: Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes and CornTaste of Home

Day 18: Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes and Corn

Fresh corn and basil make this dish taste like summer. I think it's a good one for bringing to picnics or gatherings, but it's great along with any side dish for a weeknight dinner! —Sally Maloney, Dallas, Georgia

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Day 19: Grilled Sausage-Basil PizzasTaste of Home

Day 19: Grilled Sausage-Basil Pizzas

These easy little pizzas are a wonderful change of pace from the classic cookout menu. Let everybody go crazy with the toppings. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

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Day 20: Lemon Chicken SkewersTaste of Home

Day 20: Lemon Chicken Skewers

This easy-to-assemble recipe, with tender chunks of chicken and garden-fresh veggies, is always a hit at parties. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

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Day 21: PitawurstTaste of Home

Day 21: Pitawurst

Every August, our town hosts a Bratwurst Festival. To celebrate the sausage season, we stuff brats and sauerkraut inside pita bread. —Brooke Young, Bucyrus, OH

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Day 22: Balsamic Steak SaladTaste of Home

Day 22: Balsamic Steak Salad

My husband loves blue cheese and I like a hearty salad that eats like a meal, so I put the two things together to make this steak salad recipe. The sweet-tartness of dried cranberries pairs deliciously with the cheese, creamy avocado and balsamic vinegar. It's irresistible! —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Day 23: Chicken with Peach-Cucumber SalsaTaste of Home

Day 23: Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

To keep our kitchen cool, we grill chicken outdoors and serve it with a minty peach salsa that can easily be made ahead. —Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas

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Day 24: Firecracker Grilled SalmonTaste of Home

Day 24: Firecracker Grilled Salmon

Let this sensational salmon perk up dinner tonight. With a super flavorful glaze that kicks you right in the taste buds, this weeknight dish is anything but boring. —Melissa Rogers, Tuscaloosa, AL

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Day 25: BBQ Hot Dog & Potato PacksTaste of Home

Day 25: BBQ Hot Dog & Potato Packs

For these nifty foil packs, small hands make quick work of topping potato wedges with a hot dog, onions and cheese. — Kelly Westphal, Wind Lake, Wisconsin

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Day 26: Spicy Barbecued ChickenTaste of Home

Day 26: Spicy Barbecued Chicken

This spicy, saucy chicken is great served with basil-buttered grilled corn on the cob and fresh coleslaw. —Rita Wintrode, Corryton, Tennessee

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Day 27: Tilapia with Corn SalsaTaste of Home

Day 27: Tilapia with Corn Salsa

My family loves fish, and this super fast and delicious dish is very popular at my house. Though it tastes like it takes a long time, it cooks in minutes under the broiler. We like it garnished with lemon wedges with couscous on the side. —Brenda Coffey, Singer Island, Florida

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Day 28: Asparagus, Bacon & Herbed Cheese PizzaTaste of Home

Day 28: Asparagus, Bacon & Herbed Cheese Pizza

A zesty pizza that’s especially nice with spring asparagus but lovely all year round when you add mozzarella and bacon. — Dahlia Abrams, Detroit, Michigan

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Day 29: Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry VinaigretteTaste of Home

Day 29: Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

We love adding grilled chicken to our salads in the summer, but the real star here is the vinaigrette made with blueberry preserves and maple syrup. It goes great with a fresh baguette and a frosty glass of minted lemonade. —Susan Gauthier, Falmouth, Maine

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Day 30: Avocado Crab BoatsTaste of Home

Day 30: Avocado Crab Boats

These boats are wonderful with tortilla chips, beans or rice. You can also cover them, pack them on ice, and take them to a picnic or potluck. Straight from the oven or cold, they're always delicious. —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon

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Day 31: Fantastic Fish TacosTaste of Home

Day 31: Fantastic Fish Tacos

Searching for a lighter alternative to traditional fried fish tacos, I came up with this crispy, crunchy entree. It's a hit with friends and family. —Jennifer Palmer, Rancho Cucamonga, California

Lara Eucalano
Lara is a writer, editor and gardener who loves to cook almost as much as she loves to eat. She will absolutely hop on a plane in search of good food!