Need a Reason to Party? Celebrate September Food Holidays with These 5 Easy Dinner Ideas

Love food holidays? Here’s a meal plan inspired by some of the best ones September has to offer. Make a peanut curry, eat a hoagie, dig into classic nachos, and more! Dinner is a great reason to celebrate!

This month welcome Sara Bir. Sara Bir is the author of two cookbooks, Tasting Ohio and the IACP award-winning The Fruit Forager’s Companion. She also moderates and replies to your comments here on Simply Recipes. Follow her @sausagetarian.

People love food holidays, but ever wonder what the point is? You know what I’m talking about: National Pecan Cookie Day. National Mushroom Month. International Bacon Day.

Optimally, the point is fun. Yes, most food holidays are contrived and arbitrary, brainstormed by a marketing board or social media consultant. (Like why is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day on September 2, when strawberries are totally out of season?) But they give us an excuse to celebrate the foods we love. And who isn’t hungry for a reason to celebrate?

No, this meal plan does not sync the recipes with the actual dates of the holidays—otherwise, we’d have you eating milkshakes, crème de menthe, and cream-filled donuts for dinner three days in a row. Our meal plan is simply inspired by September food holidays. National I Love Food Day falls on September 9, and I’m sure we’ll all be observing, whether we know it or not.

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Chicken Peanut Curry

September 13 is National Peanut Day! Sear curry-dredged chunks of boneless, skinless chicken breast and then stew it quickly with aromatics and peanut butter for this West African-style dish. It's quite flexible: Make it in advance if you’d like or add extra vegetables like eggplant or zucchini. Plus, it works with whatever peanut butter is in your pantry. Serve over hot rice.

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Side view of an italian sandwich on a platter that is cut into slices. Meat, cheese and toppings are layered on the sandwich.

National Eat a Hoagie Day is September 14 and we’ve got a hoagie just for you! What makes it special? A zingy relish of tomatoes, banana peppers, and olives, plus all your deli counter favorites, like Provolone, salami, and pepperoni. What’s the difference between a sub and a hoagie? Geography, partly: Around Philadelphia, that’s what they call a sub. For crunch and lightness, make a shaved vegetable salad for the side. Or keep it simple with pickle spears!

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Shrimp Lemon Linguine

Hat tip to the long pasta that’s narrower than fettuccini and flatter than spaghetti: September 15 is National Linguini Day. Linguini’s network of noodles is great for gripping onto creamy sauces, ensuring you get flavor in every bite. This shrimp linguine is bright from the lemon and healthy from spinach.

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How to Make Nachos at Home

The obvious way to observe National Guacamole Day (September 16) is with nachos. And who can say no to a giant pile of nachos for dinner? A platter of nachos makes any night a party, literally bringing loved ones together. This recipe will give you the meltiest, toastiest, beefiest nachos possible. Serve a big bowl of perfect guacamole on the side!

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Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

It’s National Breakfast Month, and September 26 is Better Breakfast Day. One way to make breakfast better? Eat it again for dinner! This meatless breakfast casserole is slightly lighter and more elegant than its sausage-and-cheese-laden cousins, but it’s still plenty satisfying. Bonus: You can assemble this up to eight hours before baking it. It makes a great freezer meal, too.

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Sara Bir

Sara Bir a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and the author of two cookbooks: The Fruit Forager’s Companion and Tasting Ohio. Past gigs include leading chocolate factory tours, slinging street cart sausages, and writing pop music criticism. Sara skates with her local roller derby team as Carrion the Librarian.

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  1. Sharon

    What I think is I love to fix different side dishes for breakfast and dinner and lunch

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