Not to be party poopers, but when September starts, we consider summer (unofficially) officially over. Our tans start to fade, school is back in session and we take a long trip back to reality. We can’t promise to ease your pain, but we can make life a little easier by figuring out what you should cook. Here are 30 easy dinner recipes to tackle every night in September, including a few options that will help you look forward to the season ahead.
30 Easy September Dinner Recipes to Make Every Night This Month
September 2: Jackfruit Tacos with Grilled Pineapple
September 3: Crispy Za’atar Chicken And Cauliflower
Crispy-skinned chicken? Check. Tender roasted cauliflower? Check. All in under an hour? Yep, dinner's ready.
September 4: Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt Sauce
September 6: Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Griddled Onions
September 7: Pan-Seared Scallops with Citrusy Corn Succotash
This gorgeous plate requires less than ten ingredients (including salt!) and takes about 40 minutes from start to finish. It's a delicious way to send off corn season.
September 8: Grilled Caprese Skewers with Halloumi and Sourdough
September 11: Halloumi and Caramelized Mushroom Tacos
September 12: Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio
This pork dish looks fancy, but it comes together in 20 minutes and uses only five ingredients. In other words, it's our new weeknight favorite.
September 16: Sweet Potato Rösti with Fried Eggs and Greens
September 18: Stir Fried Beef Bowls with Rice Noodles
September 19: Honey Mustard Sheet Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
We love the way the Brussels sprouts soak up all the pan juices. Serve the chicken over white rice or with hunks of crusty bread for dipping.
September 20: Chickpea Caesar Salad with a Cheater’s Dressing
The Caesar salad is timeless, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved upon. Here, roasted chickpeas liven the dish up with spices and plant-based protein.
September 21: Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes
It's like your favorite party dip got a pasta-fied makeover. When the goat cheese hits the hot pasta, it creates a creamy sauce—some might even call it magic.
September 22: Salmon Bowl with Farro, Black Beans and Tahini Dressing
We can practically feel the vitamins (and protein) coursing through our veins after one of these hearty bowls.
September 23: Mustardy Pork Tenderloin with Grapes and Red Onions
Don't let its elegant appearance fool you. This soul-warming fall dish only takes 35 minutes to prepare. Even better, the recipe only calls for eight ingredients.
September 26: Chicken Thighs with Pancetta and Green Olives
The trick to impossibly crispy chicken thighs is to start with a cold pan, then cook them low and slow to render out all the fat in the skin. It's worth every ounce of your patience, trust.
September 29: Wild Mushroom, Potato and Onion Tart
Store-bought puff pastry does it again. Keep a package in your fridge at all times so you can make this dinner party-ready tart at the drop of a hat.
September 30: Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey
Congrats—you made it through the month. Why not celebrate with pizza? We'll take extra honey on our slice, please.
For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.
Katherine Gillen is a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She used to sling sugary desserts in a pastry kitchen, but now she's an avid home cook and fanatic baker.
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.