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Here’s Your Healthy Meal Plan for September

Eating healthy doesn't mean dinner has to be boring. This healthy meal plan comes with 30 delicious dinners and sides that are anything but dull.

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Day 1: Turkey Medallions with Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Day 1: Turkey Medallions with Tomato Salad

This is a quick-to-cook meal using turkey medallions with a crisp coating. The turkey is enhanced by the bright flavor of a simple tomato salad. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

Goes Great with: Spicy Grilled Eggplant

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Day 2: Bulgur JambalayaTaste of Home

Day 2: Bulgur Jambalaya

I like making this dish because it allows me to stay on track for my weight loss without giving up foods I love. —Nicholas Monfre, Oak Ridge, New Jersey

Goes Great with: Corn Okra Creole

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Day 3: Pork and Balsamic Strawberry SaladTaste of Home

Day 3: Pork and Balsamic Strawberry Salad

Serving this entree salad gives me hope that warmer days aren't too far off. If strawberries aren't in season yet, use thawed frozen in place of fresh. —Laurie Lufkin, Essex, Massachusetts

Goes Great with: Fresh Artichokes with Lemon-Yogurt Dip

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Day 4: Slow-Cooked Beef Burritos with Green ChiliesTaste of Home

Day 4: Slow-Cooked Beef Burritos with Green Chilies

I created this recipe years ago, and it has become such a favorite that the wonderful aroma of it cooking makes my family instantly happy. It is hearty, flavorful and easy to prepare, and uses the long, slow cook time that truly defines comfort food. —Sally Pahler, Palisade, Colorado

Goes Great with: Peachy Jalapeno Guacamole

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Day 5: Tuscan Fish PacketsTaste of Home

Day 5: Tuscan Fish Packets

My husband does a lot of fishing, so I'm always looking for different ways to serve his catches. A professional chef was kind enough to share this recipe with me, and I played around with some different veggie combinations until I found the one my family liked best. —Kathy Morrow, Hubbard, Ohio

Goes Great with: Sweet Carrots

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Day 6: California Burger Wraps

Day 6: California Burger Wraps

I love the way these fresh flavors blend together. It's a snap to throw this together using leftover burgers for a quick, healthy lunch. The burgers can also be served on buns. —Rachelle McCalla, Batesville, Arkansas

Goes Great with: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Day 7: Chicken Parmesan With Spaghetti Squash	Taste of Home

Day 7: Chicken Parmesan With Spaghetti Squash

I grow spaghetti squash and herbs in my garden every year, so this recipe is the perfect way to use them up. —Kristina Krummel, Elkins, Arkansas

Goes Great with: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

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Day 8: Vegetarian Pad ThaiTaste of Home

Day 8: Vegetarian Pad Thai

This is a simple pad thai loaded with crisp vegetables and zesty flavor. It’s quick, simple, and fresh-tasting. —Colleen Doucette, Truro, Nova Scotia

Goes Great with: Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

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Baja Pork TacosTaste of Home

Day 9: Baja Pork Tacos

This delicious pork tacos recipe is my copycat version of the most excellent Mexican food we ever had, when we were visiting Flagstaff, Arizona. The original recipe used beef instead of pork, but this comes mighty close to the same taste. —Ariella Winn, Mesquite, Texas

Goes Great with: Basil Corn & Tomato Bake

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Day 10: Crispy Dill TilapiaTaste of Home

Day 10: Crispy Dill Tilapia

Every week I try to serve a new healthy fish. With its fresh dill and delicious panko bread crumb herb crust, this dish with mild tilapia is a winner. —Tamara Huron, New Market, Alabama

Goes Great with: Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

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Day 11: One-Pan Chicken Rice CurryTaste of Home

Day 11: One-Pan Chicken Rice Curry

I've been loving the subtle spice from curry lately, so I incorporated it into this saucy chicken and rice dish. It's a one-pan meal that's become a go-to dinnertime favorite. —Mary Lou Timpson, Colorado City, Arizona

Goes Great with: Steamed Kale

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Day 12: Chicken Sausages with PolentaTaste of Home

Day 12: Chicken Sausages with Polenta

I get a kick out of serving this chicken sausage dish—everyone's always on time for dinner when they know it's on the menu. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida

Goes Great with: Potato-Bean Salad with Herb Dressing

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Day 13: Greek Fish BakeTaste of Home

Day 13: Greek Fish Bake

As a military spouse living overseas, I got the chance to try many styles of cooking. Here's a Mediterranean-inspired recipe that we still love today. —Stacey Boyd, Springfield, Virginia

Goes Great with: Smoky Cauliflower 

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Day 14: Pineapple-Ginger Chicken Stir-FryTaste of Home

Day 14: Pineapple-Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

I found the original recipe on a can of pineapple slices in the 1980s. After making it for a number of years, I lightened up the ingredients and adapted it to a quick skillet meal. My family gave it a big thumbs-up, and we've enjoyed it this way ever since! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Goes Great with: Bok Choy and Radishes

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Day 15: Sassy Salsa Meat LoavesTaste of Home

Day 15: Sassy Salsa Meat Loaves

We still can’t settle on our favorite salsa, but, honestly, why bother? There are so many fantastic options! We love trying them all in this twist on classic meat loaf. You can make these loaves ahead, and they’ll last for a few days—perfect for meat loaf sandwiches topped with a little Monterey Jack cheese. —Tasha Tully, Owings Mills, Maryland

Goes Great with: Lemon Roasted Fingerlings and Brussels Sprouts

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Day 16: Spinach-Feta Chicken PenneTaste of Home

Day 16: Spinach-Feta Chicken Penne

I wanted a light sauce for pasta, so I cooked tomatoes with garlic, wine and olive oil. It’s a blockbuster combo for seafood, too. —Geralyn Sipos, Blandon, Pennsylvania

Goes Great with: Butternut Squash Panzanella Salad

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Day 17: Breaded Mustard & Sage Pork CutletsTaste of Home

Day 17: Breaded Mustard & Sage Pork Cutlets

After attending my daughter's back to school night and receiving a complimentary package of instant potatoes, I had to make something with them. I created these pork cutlets and they were fantastic. —Carrie Farias, Oak Ridge, New Jersey

Goes Great with: Roasted Tater Rounds with Green Onions & Tarragon

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Day 18: The Ultimate Fish TacosTaste of Home

Day 18: The Ultimate Fish Tacos

This recipe is my favorite meal to prepare. Adding my own personal touch to the marinade makes my fish tacos pop with flavor. I warm corn tortillas on the grill and add salsa, cilantro, purple cabbage and fresh squeezed lime. —Yvonne Molina, Moreno Valley, California

Goes Great with: Citrus Avocado Salad

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Day 19: Asparagus Turkey Stir-Fry

Day 19: Asparagus Turkey Stir-Fry

When people try this dish, they ask for the recipe, just as I did when I first tasted it when visiting a friend's home. Tossed in a delicious lemon sauce, this simple skillet dish is sure to satisfy on the busiest of nights. It's a great way to use leftover turkey. —May Evans, Corinth, Kentucky

Goes Great with: Garlic Asiago Cauliflower Rice

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Day 20: Fiery Stuffed PoblanosTaste of Home

Day 20: Fiery Stuffed Poblanos

I love southwest-inspired cuisine, but the dishes are often unhealthy. As a dietitian, I try to come up with nutritious twists on recipes, which is how these stuffed peppers were born. —Amber Massey, Coppell, Texas

Goes Great with: Lemon Oregano Potatoes

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Day 21: Weeknight Chicken Chop SueyTaste of Home

Day 21: Weeknight Chicken Chop Suey

If you'd like a little extra crunch with this colorful chop suey, serve with chow mein noddles. —George Utley, South Hill, Virginia

Goes Great with: Garlic-Sesame Green Beans

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Day 22: Spicy Sausage and Rice SkilletTaste of Home

Day 22: Spicy Sausage and Rice Skillet

The spicy sausage in this quick skillet dish gives it a kick, and the sliced apples are a pleasant, tart surprise. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

Goes Great with: Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon

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Day 23: Lemony Scallops with Angel Hair PastaTaste of Home

Day 23: Lemony Scallops with Angel Hair Pasta

This delicate dish tastes so bright with a touch of lemon and tender sauteed scallops. Serve with crusty whole grain bread, and you have an impressive dinner that comes together in a flash. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Goes Great with: Broccoli Salad Supreme

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Day 24: Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken FajitasTaste of Home

Day 24: Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken Fajitas

For our fajitas, I combine chicken and pineapple for a different flavor. These fajitas are more on the sweet side, but my family loves them! —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Goes Great with: Homemade Tortillas

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Day 25: Quickpea CurryTaste of Home

Day 25: Quickpea Curry

This colorful curry is a nice change of pace for a busy weeknight. I like to substitute fresh peas for frozen when they're in season. —Beth Fleming, Downers Grove, Illinois

Goes Great with: Ribbon Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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Day 26: Pork Chops & Mushrooms

Day 26: Pork Chops & Mushrooms

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe years ago, and I have used it ever since. My family loves the sweetness with a little kick.—Hilary Rigo, Wickenburg, Arizona

Goes Great with: Zesty Garlic Green Beans

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Day 27: Jerk Chicken with Tropical CouscousTaste of Home

Day 27: Jerk Chicken with Tropical Couscous

Caribbean cuisine brightens up our weeknights thanks to its bold colors and flavors. Done in less than 30 minutes, this chicken is one of my go-to easy meals. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Goes Great with: Red & Green Salad with Toasted Almonds

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Day 28: Turkey-Thyme Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Day 28: Turkey-Thyme Stuffed Peppers

Chloe, my 3-year-old, is a big fan of these healthy peppers, which have a wonderful thyme flavor. She likes to help mix the ingredients and make meals with me. —Jennifer Kent, Media, Pennsylvania

Goes Great with: Asparagus, Squash & Red Pepper Saute

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Day 29: Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Lettuce CupsTaste of Home

Day 29: Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Lettuce Cups

The slow cooker is our summertime go-to for cool kitchen cooking. After swim lessons and outdoor activities, it's so nice to come back to a tasty, light dinner. If you can't find Bibb or Boston, green leaf lettuce is less sturdy but can work in a pinch. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Goes Great with: Kale and Fennel Skillet

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Day 30: Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins & ApricotsTaste of Home

Day 30: Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins & Apricots

When we have family gatherings, we give the slow cooker kitchen duty. This yummy chicken with pumpkin and apricots has the warm flavors of Morocco. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Goes Great with: Arugula & Brown Rice Salad

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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