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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.

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September 1: Grilled Watermelon Steaks

Because we’re still in denial about this whole fall thing.

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September 2: Veggie Nicoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans

Easy-breezy (and so French).

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September 3: Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio

This elevated skillet dinner is ready in 20 minutes.

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September 4: Butter-Baked Cucumber Tostadas

Did you know you can roast cucumbers just like chicken? (You can. And it’s glorious.)

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September 5: Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

A one-pan dinner that looks (and tastes) fancy but is totally foolproof.

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September 6: Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

No kneading necessary, thanks to store-bought flatbread.

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September 7: Roasted Delicata Squash, Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

A protein-packed dinner that happens to be meat-free.

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September 8: Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

Sweet potato + peanuts + lime + toasted coconut = anything but your average seasonal squash soup.

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September 9: Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

News flash: Cooking seafood doesn’t have to be tricky and time-consuming.

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September 10: White Turkey Chili with Avocado

Cooking for a crowd? Spice things up with this white turkey chili with avocado.

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September 11: Pasta Alla Norma

Four servings for less than $10? Salute!

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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.

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September 13: Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Got five ingredients, a few pantry staples and 20 minutes? You can make this dish.

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September 14: Cacio e Pepe Pasta

Sometimes simplicity wins.

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September 15: Eggs Baked in Tomatoes

Featuring two ingredients you already have in the fridge.

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September 16: One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

Say goodbye to post-dinner cleanup.           

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September 17: Zoodles with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

There’s no need to boil: three minutes in the skillet and they’re done.

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September 18: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

Make a double batch and stash the leftovers in the freezer.

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September 19: The Ultimate Quinoa-Avocado Bowl

Psst: Leftovers will make the most non-boring work lunch in history.

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September 20: Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

Aka how to cook fish with no cleanup (or fishy smell).

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September 21: Kabocha and Kale Miso Sesame Soba Salad

Just as healthy as a salad, but the whole family will actually eat it.

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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.

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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.

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September 24: Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula

Lose the carbs, keep the flavor.

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September 25: Grilled Lemon and Collard Green Pasta with Mushrooms

Simple, flavorful, comforting.

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September 26: Sprouted Wild Rice and Beet Salad

No stove or oven required? Yes, please.

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September 27: Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

At less than $5 a serving, the price is pretty right.

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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.

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September 29: Polenta and Meatballs

Plain spaghetti and meatballs? Yawn.

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September 30: Green Falafel Sandwich with Beet Hummus

Your food processor does most of the work. (Save your energy for eating.)

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