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!

Fennel leek and mushroom pasta top view
Fennel, Leek and Mushroom Pasta
This easy, vegetarian pasta dish with fennel, leek and mushrooms is creamy, comforting and delicious!
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Mediterranean baked eggs Top view
Mediterranean Baked Eggs
Sautéed onions and bell peppers with olives and spinach in a tomato sauce, topped with baked eggs and feta.
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Chorizo and pea pilaf Top view
Chorizo and Pea Pilaf
An brilliantly easy one pot rice dish with tasty chorizo and peas.
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Mediterranean chicken casserole with couscous Top view
Mediterranean Chicken Casserole with Couscous
A simple store cupboard casserole packed full of delicious Mediterranean flavours
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Satay style noodles Top view
Satay Style Noodles
Noodles with mince and broccoli in an incredible peanut butter, soy sauce and chilli oil sauce.
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Pan Fried Duck Breast with White Bean Puree, Leeks, and Spring Onion and Prosecco Sauce
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English onion soup Close up
English Onion Soup with Comte Croutons
A delightful vegetarian twist on the classic French onion soup, with brandy and vegetable stock.
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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?)

Creamy Sausage Gnocchi
This creamy sausage gnocchi is an absolute crowd pleaser – the whole family will love it!
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Asparagus pea and pesto lasagne top view
Asparagus, Pea and Pesto Lasagne
A delicious and fresh asparagus, pea and pesto lasagne for spring or summer, with minimal effort.
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Tomato salsa tostadas Top view
Tomato Salsa Tostadas
Easy, quick Mexican style tostadas topped with a beany tomato salsa, avocado, cheese and soured cream.
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Lamb chops with jewelled Moroccan couscous Top view
Lamb Chops with Jewelled Moroccan Couscous
Simply griddled lamb chops served with couscous with olives, preserved lemon, pomegranate and mint.
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15 minute garlic mushroom pasta Top view
15 Minute Garlic Mushroom Pasta
Using only five ingredients and ready in fifteen minutes, this creamy garlic mushroom pasta is a weeknight winner!
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Sliced classic baked ham
Classic Baked Ham
An incredible classic baked ham recipe, perfect for any occasion.
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Leftover Ham Pie
A delicious creamy pie made with leftover ham, mushrooms and broccoli and topped with mashed potato.
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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.

Quinoa and Lentil Salad
A fresh and delicious quinoa and lentil salad with cucumber, feta and tarragon.
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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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top view of mushroom courgette and ricotta pasta in a brown bowl
Mushroom, Courgette and Ricotta Pasta
A 15 minute vegetarian pasta dish that tastes absolutely delicious
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Vegetable Egg Fried Rice
Easy, ready in just 15 minutes and a store cupboard classic!
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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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Beef Panang Curry
The most incredible fragrant curry, ready in just 15 minutes.
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15 Minute Mushrooms and Stilton on Toast
These creamy garlic mushrooms on toast topped with Stilton make a delicious lunch or dinner.
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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.

Scampi samphire and tartar tacos Side view
Scampi, Samphire and Tartar Tacos
An incredible fusion dish featuring hard taco shells stuffed with samphire, scampi and a delightful tartar sauce.
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Creamy soy and cucumber noodles Top view
Creamy Soy and Cucumber Noodles
Noodles in a creamy coconut milk broth with soy and ginger, with cucumber and coriander to finish.
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Asian style whole baked black tilapia After cooking
Asian Style Whole Baked Black Tilapia
A whole black tilapia cooked en papillote with coriander, orange and ginger.
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One pan hot honey roasted sausages and vegetables Top view
One Pan Hot Honey Roasted Sausages and Vegetables
Roasted sausages, garlic, courgette, mushrooms and bell peppers with a delicious hot honey glaze.
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Honey Mustard Glazed Pork Chop with Mac and Cheese and Sweetcorn
Incredible honey and mustard glazed pork chops served with creamy macaroni cheese and sweetcorn.
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Vegetable and Tortelloni Bake
A simple pasta bake made with fresh tortelloni and packed full of vegetables.
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Feta and Dill Pie
This delicious Greek inspired pie is perfect for picnics.
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What to Eat This Month – March

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