September Weeknight Meal Ideas

Published on August 30, 2020 - Updated on August 30, 2020

Get inspired in the kitchen this month with great flavors for the whole family!

We are getting ready for back to school in D.C., but it looks a whole lot different this year. Both of our kids are attending school via remote options. I have lots of thoughts and feelings about this, but one that certainly sticks out is that I will be serving three full meals a day for the foreseeable future. Yikes.

No matter what this fall looks like for you, we're guessing some time-saving options would help everyone out. So we've included several recipes that work well for batch cooking and/or freezing, one pot meals, and a few breakfast-for-dinner favorites because brinner is always a winner. Happy Back to School! 

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Tuesday - One-Pot Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala (freezes well!)

Wednesday - Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken Meatballs

Thursday - Breakfast Burrito

Friday - One Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Sausage Alfredo

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Monday - Grilled King Salmon with Meyer Lemon Relish

Tuesday - Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas (freezes well!)

Wednesday - Chicken and Gnocchi Dumpling Soup

Thursday - Greek Sloppy Joes

Friday - Sheet Pan Pizza

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Monday - Chicken Zucchini Bake with Bacon

Tuesday - Grilled Strip Steaks with Green Bean Chimichurri

Wednesday - Caesar Shrimp and Avocado Noodle Bowls

Thursday - 7 Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze (I’ve made all of these and they are each delicious) 

Friday - One Pan Thai Basil Beef

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Monday - Vegetarian Lasagna Rolls with Pesto (freezes well!)

Tuesday - Classic Tomato Soup (Lightened up!) + Build Your Own Grilled Cheese

Wednesday - Chilaquiles

Thursday - Ramen Carbonara

Friday - Turkey Sliders with Crunchy Green Apple Slaw

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Monday - Pantry Pasta Puttanesca

Tuesday - Slow Cooker Chili (freezes well!)

Wednesday - Easy Chicken Chorizo Paella

If you have recipes you'd like to suggest for our October edition, we would love to hear from you at  If you feel inclined, we welcome your family's favorites from this month's list by tagging us on Instagram @gethappyly.

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