Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: September Week 1

Make the most of the late summer bounty with this back-to-school meal plan. Sweet potato waffles, curried chicken salad with mango, and corn chowder are quick, easy, and delicious weeknight meals!

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This week, please welcome Rachel Knecht and her meal plans! Rachel is a recipe tester here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind Baking with Rachel.

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Welcome to September! I always look forward to this month and all the excitement around the start of a new school year. Yet, I’m not quite ready to let go of the magical summer season. I feel an urgency to squeeze every ounce of the bounty of summer into each meal. Not a single ear of corn or ripe tomato can go uneaten!

Our family likes to commemorate the new school year by having a favorite dinner on the first day. Each of these meals makes an excellent choice. They make the most of the late summer bounty as well as help us transition to a busier schedule.

The shrimp quesadillas are a great way to dress up the standard cheese version. The curried chicken salad with mango is a beautiful golden hue and perfect for a simple late summer meal, preferably eaten outside.

Corn chowder and Dad’s Ratatouille are classic dishes that are worth the effort and may even become a September tradition that everyone looks forward to for years to come.

Lastly, sweet potato waffles with fried egg, bacon, and scallions is a fun way to end a day and make the next day’s breakfast at the same time. I hope you enjoy these meals and have a wonderful start to September!

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Curry Chicken Salad

September weather can be finicky, and a hearty salad for dinner is exactly what we all want to keep the summer vibes going. This beautiful salad is a medley of spices, fruit, nuts, and chicken, best eaten stuffed in a pita or over a bed of lettuce.

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Shrimp Quesadillas

Quesadillas are one of our family’s go-to meals when we need something quick and easy. Though the recipe is written to serve one, it is easy to quadruple. Feel free to use pre-cooked shrimp for an even speedier meal. Serve with Mexican Green Rice.

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Potato corn chowder recipe with bacon in a bowl

This classic soup is creamy with plump, sweet kernels intermixed with potatoes and bacon. I love making meals that need a little more time to simmer on the weekend, and then serve it another night. Feel free to double the recipe. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread for dipping.

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Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon, Scallions and Fried Eggs

Growing up, “Waffle Night” happened every Thursday during the busy school year. I love that I can repurpose sweet potato leftovers or quickly roast a fresh one for this recipe. Waffle sandwiches are great for lunches too. Omit the bacon and make this meal vegetarian.

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French Ratatouille in a bowl

Ratatouille is a French classic. The medley of roasted vegetables is enhanced with herbs to make a great vegetarian main. Serve it with crusty bread to soak up the sauce or as a side with Quick and Easy Pan-Fried Flank Steak.

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Rachel Knecht

Rachel tests recipes for Simply Recipes, teaches a kid's cooking class, and develops the content for Baking with Rachel.

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