20 Recipes You’ll Want to Make in September

updated Sep 4, 2019
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Welcome to September! Just like it always seems to do, summer flew by. Suddenly the kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, and we’re all starting to prepare for pumpkins and raking leaves.

But technically the calendar says we’ve still got a couple of weeks until fall officially begins, on September 23. So in this transition month, let’s celebrate the very last bits of summer, welcome fall, and ease back into busy weeknights with a few seasonal meals.

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Embrace easy weeknight dinners.

Even if you don’t have kids rushing off to soccer practice or piano lessons, September often means the return of a jam-packed schedule. These simple dinners are sure to help when it seems like the only thing you have time for is takeout.

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Hold on to summer.

You may notice the days getting shorter, but there are plenty of warm days left for grilling. Plus, your garden — or the local farmers market — will have ripe tomatoes and zucchini until the weather turns, so make the most of it while you can!

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Dip your toes into fall.

September is also the beginning of apple season! Also, as the evenings start to cool, lean into the change and cook something cozy.

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Host a pizza night.

As the month gets busy, it’s a good time to set a night aside for something that’s simply fun. Invite friends over and celebrate by hosting a homemade pizza night.