30 Low-Maintenance Dinners to Make for Each Night in September
After a long day of work that started with rushing the kiddos out the door at dawn, the last thing you need to worry about is dinner. Here, 30 ridiculously easy dinner recipes...because we care.
September 1: Grilled Watermelon Steaks
Because we’re still in denial about this whole fall thing.
September 2: Veggie Nicoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans
Easy-breezy (and so French).
September 3: Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio
This elevated skillet dinner is ready in 20 minutes.
September 4: Butter-Baked Cucumber Tostadas
Did you know you can roast cucumbers just like chicken? (You can. And it’s glorious.)
September 5: Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes
A one-pan dinner that looks (and tastes) fancy but is totally foolproof.
September 6: Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon
No kneading necessary, thanks to store-bought flatbread.
September 7: Roasted Delicata Squash, Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry
A protein-packed dinner that happens to be meat-free.
September 8: Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup
Sweet potato + peanuts + lime + toasted coconut = anything but your average seasonal squash soup.
September 9: Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard
News flash: Cooking seafood doesn’t have to be tricky and time-consuming.
September 10: White Turkey Chili with Avocado
Cooking for a crowd? Spice things up with this white turkey chili with avocado.
September 11: Pasta Alla Norma
Four servings for less than $10? Salute!
September 12: Poblano and Mushroom Tacos with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Colorful, bursting with flavor and ready in 30 minutes. Practically perfect in every way.
September 13: Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry
Got five ingredients, a few pantry staples and 20 minutes? You can make this dish.
September 14: Cacio e Pepe Pasta
Sometimes simplicity wins.
September 15: Eggs Baked in Tomatoes
Featuring two ingredients you already have in the fridge.
September 16: One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots
Say goodbye to post-dinner cleanup.
September 17: Zoodles with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella
There’s no need to boil: three minutes in the skillet and they’re done.
September 18: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers
Make a double batch and stash the leftovers in the freezer.
September 19: The Ultimate Quinoa-Avocado Bowl
Psst: Leftovers will make the most non-boring work lunch in history.
September 20: Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment
Aka how to cook fish with no cleanup (or fishy smell).
September 21: Kabocha and Kale Miso Sesame Soba Salad
Just as healthy as a salad, but the whole family will actually eat it.
September 22: Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Tastes like you spent all day making it. Lucky for you, it only takes 30 minutes.
September 23: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
You could order takeout. Or you grab an apron and whip up this quick Thai-inspired dish in half an hour.
September 24: Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula
Lose the carbs, keep the flavor.
September 25: Grilled Lemon and Collard Green Pasta with Mushrooms
Simple, flavorful, comforting.
September 26: Sprouted Wild Rice and Beet Salad
No stove or oven required? Yes, please.
September 27: Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage
At less than $5 a serving, the price is pretty right.
September 28: Lime Chicken with Corn and Poblano Salad
Some nights, boring old chicken breast is good enough for dinner. Tonight is not one of those nights.
September 29: Polenta and Meatballs
Plain spaghetti and meatballs? Yawn.
September 30: Green Falafel Sandwich with Beet Hummus
Your food processor does most of the work. (Save your energy for eating.)