What to Eat This Month – May 2024

28 dinner recipe ideas for may

May is such a beautiful month. The colours of the flowers, the lush green trees, and (every now and then) the bright blue sky. I live in the UK – that bright blue sky isn’t around as much as I would like it to be.

Still, as the weather begins to warm we start considering things like picnics, al fresco eating, barbecues. Our food becomes lighter, fresher, cooler.

If you are looking for inspiration for what to eat in May, you’re in the right place. Here, I’ve put together 4 weeks’ worth of meals, 28 in total, to keep you satiated for the whole month. Pick the ones you most like the look of or use it as a plan for the whole month and take the thought out of your food shop!

What to Eat in May – In Season

Here in the U.K., we get lots of delicious in season vegetables in May. Keep an eye on your local greengrocers – you’ll find the price drops there far more than in supermarkets.

These are some of the ingredients that are in season in May:

  • Cauliflower
  • Rhubarb
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Broad beans
  • Cucumber
  • Asparagus
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Spring onions
  • Crab
  • Spring lamb

Here, I’ve selected some beautiful recipes which are perfect for cooking in May. Simply save the page and use this as your shopping guide for the next 4 weeks!

What to Eat in May – Week 1

This week, we have two incredible chicken recipes, a delicious and impressive mushroom frittata and a full roast beef dinner with Yorkshire puddings!

Leek and Chorizo Pasta
A seriously easy, seriously creamy, 5 ingredient pasta dish.
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Close up of griddled chicken skewers on a plate, with a bowl full of couscous salad with feta and pomegranate in the background
Chicken Skewers with Giant Couscous
Ready in 15 minutes, these griddled chicken skewers with a feta, pomegranate and mint couscous salad are totally delicious!
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Crispy breaded chicken topped with katsu curry and white rice behind
Chicken Katsu Curry
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Top view of vegetarian Nasi goreng with fried egg
Vegetarian Nasi Goreng
Delicious vegetarian Indonesian style fried rice
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Close up of roasted carrot and beetroot salad
Carrot, Watercress and Beetroot Salad
Delicious roasted vegetable salad with lentils and a honey lemon dressing
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Whole mushroom and goats cheese frittata on a white plate
Mushroom and Goats Cheese Frittata
Quick and easy vegetarian frittata with mushrooms and goats cheese.
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A plate full of roast dinner with roast beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and honey roast carrots
Roast Beef Dinner with Yorkshire Puddings
Roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, honey carrots and red wine gravy
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What to Eat in May – Week 2

This week, we’re enjoying a leftover cottage pie with the beef from last week, and a couple of seriously special seafood dishes (can you believe that salmon and noodle broth takes only 15 minutes to make?)

Close up of leftover beef cottage pie
Leftover Cottage Pie
A delicious beef pie topped with mashed potatoes, made with leftover roast dinner meat and vegetables.
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A white bowl full of chorizo and pea pearl barley risotto
Chorizo and Pea Pearl Barley Risotto
A delicious pearl barley risotto with chorizo and pea, topped with feta
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One Pot Cheesy Pesto and Spinach Pasta
An easy one pot pasta dish with pesto, spinach and cheese
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One Pot Mexican Bean Stew
A simple one pot Mexican bean stew topped with soured cream and cheese.
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Pea, Spring Onion and Courgette Tart
A light spring or summer tart made with puff pastry, a soft cheese base and fresh green vegetables.
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Pan Fried Salmon with Noodle Broth
Crispy pan fried salmon fillets on top of a fragrant noodle broth
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Crab and Sweetcorn Chowder
A simple one pot crab and sweetcorn chowder, ready in 20 minutes.
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What to Eat in May – Week 3

This week has a ONE PAN roast chicken and rice dish for Sunday – so easy to make! Plus, a gorgeous vegetable chilli and a comforting miso soup.

Vegetable Chilli
A veg-packed vegetarian chilli that can easily be made vegan.
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Cheese and Chorizo Omelette
A 4 ingredient, 10 minute chorizo omelette – perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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Chicken Pittas with Spicy Rice
Delicious chicken and halloumi pittas with a veg packed spicy rice, with spring onions and red pepper.
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Asparagus Risotto with Parmesan Crisps
A simple but delicious asparagus risotto with crunchy parmesan crisps
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Miso Soup with Noodles and Stir-Fried Veg
A delicious, comforting miso broth with noodles and tofu, topped with stir fried mushrooms, courgette, sugar snap peas, pan choi and spring onions.
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tasty black bean quesadillas top view with avocado and mint dip
Black Bean Quesadillas
15 minute black bean quesadillas with red peppers, spring onions and cheese, served with a minty avocado dip.
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One Pan Roast Chicken and Rice
Easy one pan roast whole chicken and pilau rice- works perfectly every time!
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What to Eat in May – Week 4

You’re going to enjoy this week – there’s chicken, salmon and beef, along with a selection of delicious vegetarian dishes too.

Frittata Primavera
A delicious vegetarian frittata recipe, packed full of spring vegetables
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Soy Glazed Salmon with Miso Noodle Broth
An incredibly easy yet impressive soy glazed salmon dish
Check out this recipe
Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas
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Bottom-of-the-Fridge Soup with Leftover Vegetables
An incredibly versatile and delicious vegetable soup recipe
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Easy One Pot Saag Paneer
A simple, no fuss saag paneer recipe all made in one pot.
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Super Easy Pad Thai
An easy, quick and delicious prawn pad thai
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Beef and Guinness Stew
A seriously tasty beef and Guinness stew
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More from this series;

What to Eat This Month – March

What to Eat This Month – April

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