We consider November the Olympics of cooking, since the biggest annual food holiday looms at the end of the month. If you’re anything like us, cooking fatigue can be very real this time of year, but no one wants to run out of steam before they reach the finish line. (In case you forgot, there are 29 other days that you’ll need to make dinner, apart from Thanksgiving.) That’s why we’ve got you covered with 30 November dinner ideas that are as fuss-free as they are delicious. We’re talking slow cooker dishes, sheet-pan meals and make-ahead recipes that are destined for your dinner table.
30 November Dinner Ideas That Are Low-Lift, Holiday-Ready and Delicious
November 1: Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage
The only easier way to make dinner is to order takeout. Serve this sheet pan gem with bread, pasta or rice, so not a drop of the citrusy butter sauce goes to waste.
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 Crockpot wonder boasts layers of flavor, but only requires minimal effort on your end.
Homemade pasta in 40 minutes? Believe it. This dish is actually super simple to execute since everything gets cooked in the same pot.
Don't let the scallops intimidate you: Just because they're a bit of a splurge doesn't mean they're difficult to prepare. In fact, they only need about two minutes of searing per side.
November 9: One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale
And you thought cooking steak at home was a tall order. These cuts of beef tenderloin only need about three minutes per side under the broiler to cook to juicy perfection.
November 11: One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine
Bring on the omega-3s—and tender-yet-crispy spuds. You make your main course and sides all at once on a single sheet pan, so you'll have minimal pots and pans to clean later. Win-win.
November 13: Orzotto with Winter Squash and Rosemary
If you could make risotto without stirring nonstop and babysitting the stove all night, you'd get this decadent orzotto. Take your pick of honeynut, butternut or kabocha squash.
Can you believe this crowd-pleaser only requires 25 minutes of your time? The couscous cooks right on the sheet pan in chicken stock, so you won't have to wait for a pot of water to boil to prepare it.
November 16: Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Believe it or not, the store-bought gnocchi gets soft on the inside and crispy on the outside without a single second of boiling. Chalk it up to a drizzle of olive oil and your trusty baking sheet.
November 19: Caramelized Mushroom Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto
These caramelized shrooms are savory, chewy and a far cry from the wet, spongy ones found on carryout pizza. The shatteringly crisp prosciutto is just a bonus.
November 20: Cast-Iron Pork Chops with Cacao-Spiced Rub
November 22: Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
November 23: Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
November 25: Spicy Turkey Enchiladas with Pumpkin Seeds
November 26: Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives
We love you, store-bought pizza dough. This cheater's pie is piled high with easy jarred tomato sauce, three types of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and marinated olives.
November 29: Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms and Bacon
Katherine Gillen is PureWow's senior food editor. With professional training in cooking and baking and four-plus years writing about all things food, she can tell you which cutting boards are worth your money, which knives will last you a lifetime and exactly what you're doing wrong with your slow cooker (plus how to fix it).
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.