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The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp and the cans of pumpkin are stacked high at the grocery store. We’ve got all the fall feels right now, which means we’re craving hearty dinners that warm us up—and are the perfect complement to a roaring fire. Here, 31 October dinner ideas, from butternut squash risotto to balsamic roast chicken, that are satisfying, nourishing and sweater-season appropriate.

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October 1: Pesto Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Veggies and Labneh

A dollop of seasoned labneh (or Greek yogurt) takes these healthy bowls from everyday to over the top.

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October 2: Creamy Gochujang Zoodles

The primary purpose of zoodles? They’re a vehicle for all that luscious, spicy sauce. (Put an egg on it, if you please.)

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October 3: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

Feel free to swap any of the veggies for whatever’s already in your crisper—broccoli instead of cauliflower, snap peas instead of bell pepper, you get the idea.

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October 4: Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash

This year, we’re heading into butternut squash season with open minds and empty stomachs.

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October 5: White Turkey Chili with Avocado

Breezy days and cool nights call for chili. This version uses white beans and ground turkey for a lighter spin on an old favorite.

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October 6: Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

When you’d rather be watching spooky movies than standing around in the kitchen, this 20-minute stir-fry is exactly what you should make for dinner.

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October 7: Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Something magical happens when you combine store-bought gnocchi and a cast-iron skillet. (You guessed it, it’s this meal.)

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October 8: Butternut Squash Carbonara

It’s creamy and dreamy without any butter or cream. Squash is transformative like that.

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October 9: Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes

Presenting the easiest way to make a chic, impressive dinner without a ton of effort. When you cook the bird in your slow cooker, you eliminate the whole “babysitting the oven” gig.

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October 10: Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: soup season. Celebrate with this bowl of coziness, starring store-bought cheese-filled noodles and alllll the Parmesan cheese.

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October 11: Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt Sauce

It’s low-fuss and requires minimal prep, exactly as a sheet-pan meal should be.

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October 12: Chimichurri Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Greek Yogurt, Red Quinoa & Green Beans

Don’t mind us—we’ll just be licking the herby Greek yogurt sauce off the plate. (Kidding, but only kind of.)

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October 13: Spicy Lemon-Ginger Chicken Soup

Aside from being cozy and soothing, this gingery chicken soup is also extremely adaptable. Add any greens you like, plus noodles if you’re in that kind of mood.

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October 14: Crispy Za’atar Chicken and Cauliflower

Crispy chicken? Sounds delicious. Crispy chicken seasoned with zesty za’atar and paired with our darling cauliflower? Even better.

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October 15: Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken and Shredded Brussels Bowls

When the Brussels sprouts are finely shredded and tossed with a spicy soy-sesame sauce, even picky eaters will gobble them up.

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October 16: Sausage, Corn and Poblano Chowder

It’s spicy, sweet and hearty, and it happens to keep really well in the freezer. Need we say more?

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October 17: Spicy Bucatini Amatriciana

A trip to Italy isn’t in the cards, but that’s OK. We’ll always have this spicy pasta to transport us to the Mediterranean.

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October 18: Cheater’s Italian Wedding Soup

Soup that’s mostly broth is kind of a bummer. Thankfully, there’s Parm, beans, pasta, kale and bite-size meatballs in every bite of this meal.

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October 19: Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Leeks

This dinner sounds and looks complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. Butternut squash purée is stirred in with chicken broth, and the results are *chef’s kiss.*

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October 20: Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

Save the kale Caesar for another night. This salad is packed with fall flavors, plus plenty of chickpeas to fill you up.

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October 21: Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

It’s time to get festive. This skillet dinner is surprisingly hands-off; you don’t even have to brown the chicken on the stove before transferring it to the oven.

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October 22: Alison Roman’s Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Buttered Pistachios

Give us a chance to eat sweet, creamy squash as a main course and we’ll take it. The combination of lemony yogurt sauce and brown butter is—dare we say?—divine.

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October 23: Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto

Who needs bowls when you have big, juicy mushrooms? This meal tastes decadent, but it’s actually pretty healthy.

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October 24: One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

You can’t go wrong with this pairing. We love the way the carrots soak up some of the juices as the chicken cooks.

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October 25: Kale and Cheddar Cheese Galette

Fall is (unofficially) pie season, so you should be making it for dinner and dessert. This might be the tastiest way to eat your greens.

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October 26: Roasted Squash and Tofu with Soy, Honey, Chili and Ginger

The key to crispy tofu is to press all the liquid out, so don’t skip that step. Serve this with rice on the side for a filling main course.

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October 27: Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels sprouts get caramelized and browned right next to the chicken, so they absorb all those delicious pan juices. (And don’t even get us started on the honey-mustard sauce.)

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October 28: Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

Typically, you’d spend at least an hour caramelizing onions on your stovetop for this soup. Our recipe relies on that trusty slow cooker to eliminate the fuss.

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October 29: Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Apple Salad

Salad for dinner isn’t just a summer thing. This one has roast cauliflower and crisp apples, so it’s satisfying and light at the same time.

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October 30: Buffalo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

If you thought sweet potatoes were only meant to be stuffed with butter and brown sugar, think again.

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October 31: Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls

It’s Halloween. If you’re not eating dinner straight out of a pumpkin, you’re doing it wrong.

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