20+ easy dinner recipes to transition from summer to fall

20+ easy dinner recipes to transition from summer to fall

These delicious dinner recipes are perfect for September when late summer and early fall ingredients combine. Fruits like apples, berries, and pears, and vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and spinach create bright, flavorful dinners that are warm and comforting, too. Try this Creamy Garlic Chicken with Spinach and Squash Ravioli with Chicken Sausage and Kale, which takes just 25 minutes or less to prepare.

Creamy garlic chicken with spinach

Marty Baldwin

Quick-cooking chicken strips are coated in a creamy garlic sauce, while spinach adds a burst of color and nutrition in this easy one-skillet recipe.

Minestra maritata (Italian wedding soup)

Forget the marble-sized meatballs you find in many versions of Italian wedding soup. In this easy recipe, they’re full-bodied, full of flavor, and packed with loads.

Spinach, lima beans and crispy pancetta pasta

We’re opting for fresh spinach pasta here—it cooks quickly and adds a pop of color. Cooking lima beans in pancetta stock adds flavor.

Squash ravioli with chicken sausage and kale

What’s the secret to making store-bought butternut squash ravioli more delicious? Add apple chicken sausage, tender vegetables, and plenty of caramelized onions. We add a little sugar to help the onions caramelize faster, but feel free to omit it (just cook the onions a little longer if you do this). Buy pre-washed chopped cabbage to reduce prep time. It all adds up to an easy dinner that’s ready in just 20 minutes.

Thai beef

We’ve increased the serving size of Thai Beef by adding lots of healthy veggies like matchstick carrots, peas, and green onions. Look for Thai noodles made with whole-grain brown rice to add an additional 3 grams of fiber to each serving.

Garlic and anchovy pasta with broccolini

Jacob Fox

Here, we sprinkle the finished pasta dish with crumbled goat cheese for nice, refreshing bites throughout. But if you prefer a creamier sauce, stir the cheese into the pasta in Step 3 along with the reserved cooking water.

Creamy salmon with spinach and artichoke

Photographer/Brie Bassano Styling/Annie Probst/Holly Raebeckes

For this quick and easy dinner for four, the vegetables and sauce come together in one pan in a matter of minutes while you grill the salmon. Additionally, salmon contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is full of vitamins and nutrients like B vitamins and potassium.

Chopped Southwest Salad with Tomato Dressing


Jicama is the crunchy, sweet tuberous root of a legume native to Central America. If you like it in this salad, try including sticks of it with your next crusty bread.

Bake chicken and vegetables enchiladas for 25 minutes

Jennifer Causey

These chicken enchiladas are great for using up any veggies stuck in the fridge. Our chicken enchilada recipe calls for zucchini, squash, and onions, but you can easily substitute them with spinach or potatoes.

Chopped vegetable salad with creamy cilantro dressing

Pre Bassano

This healthy vegetarian salad recipe contains chickpeas and quinoa for a protein boost. Coriander adds color and flavor when blended to make a creamy sauce. Serve this salad cold for lunch or dinner.

Tender chicken with honey and mustard with couscous and carrots

With the quick-cooking power of chicken tenders, this Honey Mustard Chicken Dinner comes together quickly and easily for a family-friendly weeknight meal. Baby carrots are cooked in a simple orange juice and butter sauce that is beautifully drizzled over chicken and couscous.

Zucchini Spring Pasta

This Primavera recipe cuts the carbs by replacing pasta with zucchini “noodles.” This quick vegetarian dinner is packed with colorful vegetables smothered in a light, creamy sauce. We love using pre-packaged spiralized zucchini noodles to keep this recipe super quick, but if you have a spiralizer and zucchini on hand, you can easily make your own.

Mixed vegetables with lentils and apple slices

This salad with lentils, feta, and apples is a satisfying vegetarian dish that can be eaten together for lunch. To save time, substitute drained canned lentils, just be sure to look for low sodium and rinse them before adding them to a salad.

Salmon with Lemon Herb Orzo and Cauliflower

Jacob Fox

This healthy salmon dish is as balanced as it is delicious. You can add the broccoli directly to the pot with the pasta during the last minute of cooking to save time here. One less thing to wash too!

Grilled chicken with peaches and brie

This healthy, super-quick smothered chicken tastes best served decked out with a chilled cup of gewürztraminer. White fruits pair well with peaches here.

Rainbow vegetable wraps

There’s definitely a sushi vibe to these kid-friendly rolls, which are stuffed with vegetables, cheese and chickpeas and then rolled up and sliced. Serve with store-bought green goddesses, with a creamy, herb-packed sauce, for easy enjoyment. They look impressive but are easy enough for kids to assemble themselves for an easy lunch or dinner.

Coleslaw and avocado salad with blueberries and edamame

Packed with nutrient-rich produce, this California-inspired salad is a delicious and satisfying way to get your vitamins. We love the unique combination of blueberries, edamame, and goat cheese.

One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Jennifer Causey

This creamy chicken and broccoli pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner. We choose small shells in this recipe, but any other small pasta, such as orecchiette, will also work.

Mushroom ravioli and chicken piccata

This weekend-friendly version of classic chicken piccata calls for mushroom ravioli, but regular cheese ravioli works too. Look for pre-cut mushrooms to reduce prep time, and use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken here to reduce cooking time in this quick and easy dinner.

Peanut noodles store

Jacob Fox

Choose your own adventure with these noodles! It’s delicious with both peanut butter and tahini. Additionally, you can use any frozen vegetables you have on hand and finish the dish with any herbs still thriving in your garden or hanging in the refrigerator.

Chicken salad with sesame and ginger

Keeping cooked chicken and prepared sesame-ginger dressing on hand means this healthy lunch salad comes together in a flash.

Chicken salad and chopped sweet potatoes

This easy salad recipe allows for great use of leftover cooked chicken. Look for escarole in the produce section near leafy greens; If you can’t find it, you can use romaine instead.

Fish tacos with jalapeno slaw

Citrus and jalapeno slaw add a delicious, crunchy flavor to these fish tacos. Add some sweetness to every bite by serving it with a peach or mango fruit sauce.

Coconut shrimp curry with instant ramen noodles

A little coconut milk and some curry powder elevates plain ramen soup into an unforgettable bowl of noodles. Add protein with cooked shrimp or diced tofu and a dash of freshness with cilantro and lime juice. To reduce your sodium intake, look for ramen varieties with less than 600 mg of sodium per serving or use less from the seasoning packet.

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