Need dinner ideas? Get your August food horoscope

Cooking inspirations straight from the stars. Plus, your key ingredient for the month.

food horoscopes

Illustration, LeeAndra Cianci.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Tired of the same old, same old? Time to bring the fun back into your summer—try Thai hot dogs for dinner and fruity pavlovas for dessert. Of course, a pitcher of cantaloupe agua fresca always adds sparkle to a party. Speaking of which, be sure to dress up for a shindig at the end of the month, and bring along a batch of droolworthy crostini. You may connect with another special guest. Peaches are your key ingredient this month.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Does it suddenly feel like you’re running a bed and breakfast? Never fear—those pesky houseguests will be gone by September. In the meantime, show them the time of their lives with plenty of freshly baked scones. Refrigerate jugs of sangria for late-night refreshments. Since everyone is close to home, you might as well host a big barbecue! Delegate the side dishes, but make a spectacularly easy and shareable flank steak for the main. Red onions are your key ingredient this month.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

There’s only one cure for the wanderlust creeping up on you: road trip! Pack a cooler full of curried-chicken sammies and scotch eggs, point the car north (or south!) and get going. The rest of August has a rosy financial outlook—celebrate by hosting friends for a big steak-and-corn supper. Mint is your key ingredient this month.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Is there a farmer’s market nearby? Run, don’t walk, and wander around. A good-looking stranger might appear when you’re reaching for that perfect basket of peaches. Invite him over for a pitcher of watermelon lemonade. If things go well, whip up a plate of summery pork chops for a simple supper, and end the night with homemade salted caramel ice cream as a treat. Potatoes are your key ingredient this month.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Roar, lioness: this is your month to shine. Got girlfriends visiting? Make chocolate martinis. Got a handsome crush? Invite him for dinner. (It’s just chicken salad, there’s no pressure in that!) And about that annoying officemate: sweeten him up with coconut cookies. By the end of the month, everyone will be in awe of you. And why wouldn’t they be? Honey is your key ingredient this month.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Opportunity is knocking at work, so ignore the beautiful weather and put your nose to the grindstone. Pack some apple-cinnamon oatmeal for a mid-morning energy boost (you’ll be chained to your desk), but be sure to show off a stunning quinoa fritatta in the staff room at lunchtime. Don’t let the long hours get you down—a healthy 20-minute tofu dinner (plus a little peach sundae) will give you something to look forward to. Tomatoes are your key ingredient this month.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Are you game or not? To try tofu, that is. If you’re in, start with crispy tofu steaks with peanut sauce and progress to okonomiyaki. Already a lover? Treat yourself with mocha-tofu mousse. If you’re out, have a nice plate of steak. Eggs are your key ingredient this month.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Feeling unsatisfied? It could be a lack of burgers. Better get grilling! Try our bison-cherry, pork-and-shrimp or salmon-and-avocado recipes. Once you pick a fave, whip up a double batch and invite the gang over. Serve a crunchy purple slaw on the side. Cabbage is your key ingredient this month.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

If you’ve been looking for a new adventure, grilled pizza could be it. But if you’d rather stick to the old-fashioned oven method, attempt a wacky potato pizza or a down-home barbecue-chicken ‘za. Last option: sushi pizza—who wouldn’t love that? Basil is your key ingredient this month.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Your keen mind is focused on budgeting right now, so when it comes to supper, try affordable, versatile beans. There are so many possibilities: baked beans, tofu-bean burgers—even beans on toast. At August’s end, you’ll be back in the black, which calls for a decadent strawberry shortcake. Beans are your key ingredient this month (obviously).

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Everything seems to be in flux. Work has been weird, so you might try bringing in a plate of cute peanut butter and jelly cookies to cheer everyone up. It looks like your love life is a bit rocky, too. If that involves a welcome breakup, celebrate with stuffed french toast. If it’s a fun but too-brief fling, console yourself with healthy oat-bran pancakes. Raspberries are your key ingredient this month.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

August is the perfect time to sit quietly with a smoothie bowl and listen to the wind in the trees. Keep up the zen vibe with homemade yogurt or a beautiful pesto salad. Your chill mood will eventually lift, and you’ll be ready to party by the end of the month. Get ready to make a killer shrimp-pasta supper. Olive oil is your key ingredient this month.

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