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Your October Meal Plan

Stuck wondering what's for dinner tonight? We've got your back! Here's a month full of delicious, family-friendly mains and sides to cook up this October.

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Day 1: Italian Pasta BakeTaste of Home

Day 1: Italian Pasta Bake

I love to make this pasta bake whenever I need to bring a dish to pass. Fresh tomatoes add a nice touch that's missing from most other meat, pasta and tomato casseroles.—Karla Johnson, East Helena, Montana

Goes Great With: Snappy Garlic Bread

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Day 2: Sausage Manicotti with Pumpkin SauceTaste of Home

Day 2: Sausage Manicotti with Pumpkin Sauce

This manicotti is a wonderful change from typical pumpkin dishes in the fall. —Barry Dale, Puyallup, Washington

Goes Great With: Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

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Day 3: Meat Loaf From the Slow CookerTaste of Home

Day 3: Meat Loaf From the Slow Cooker

This simple, easy-to-make meat loaf is one of my personal favorites. I'm often asked for the recipe. —Laura Burgess, Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Goes Great With: Cheese Smashed Potatoes

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Day 4: Hungarian Short RibsTaste of Home

Day 4: Hungarian Short Ribs

This is a special meal in our house—as soon as I get ribs, I know which dish my family will ask me to make. My husband and I have three children, so I've learned to be a versatile cook! —Joanne ShewChuk, St. Benedict, Saskatchewan

Goes Great With: Savory Roasted Carrots with Mushrooms

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Day 5: Blue Cheese-Crusted Sirloin SteaksTaste of Home

Day 5: Blue Cheese-Crusted Sirloin Steaks

My wife adores this steak—and me when I fix it for her. She thinks it’s the ideal dish for Friday night after a long workweek. —Michael Rouse, Minot, North Dakota

Goes Great With: Tarragon Asparagus Salad

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Day 6: Pressure Cooker Spicy Pork and Squash RaguTaste of Home

Day 6: Pressure Cooker Spicy Pork and Squash Ragu

This recipe is a marvelously spicy combo perfect for cooler fall weather—so satisfying after a day spent outdoors. —Monica Osterhaus, Paducah, Kentucky

Goes Great With: Skillet Herb Bread

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Day 7: Best Ever Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Day 7: Best Ever Mac & Cheese

To make this amazing mac, I make a sauce loaded with three different cheeses to toss with the noodles. When baked, it's gooey goodness with a crunchy topping that...don't get me started! —Beth Jacobson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Easy Caesar Salad

8 / 31
Day 8: Chicken and Wild Rice BakeTaste of Home

Day 8: Chicken and Wild Rice Bake

This recipe is a great example of Midwest food! Its ingredients, including the wild rice, can all be found in Minnesota. The dish is good for larger groups since the cook doesn't need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. —Suzanne Greenslit, Merrifield, Minnesota

Goes Great With: Hot Spinach Apple Salad

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Day 9: Beef Burgundy Over NoodlesTaste of Home

Day 9: Beef Burgundy Over Noodles

I got this delightful beef burgundy from my sister-in-law many years ago and have used it ever since. Whenever I serve it to guests, they always request this beef burgundy recipe. The tender beef, mushrooms and flavorful sauce are delicious over noodles. —Margaret Welder, Madrid, Iowa

Goes Great With: Garlic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

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Day 10: Golden Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 10: Golden Pork Chops

I have a large family and am always looking for easy recipes that will please all of them. This pork chop dish is definitely one of them. —Betty Sparks, Windsor, Connecticut

Goes Great With: Roasted Green Beans with Lemon & Walnuts

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Day 11: Green Chili Beef BurritosTaste of Home

Day 11: Green Chili Beef Burritos

Recipes that are leaner in fat and calories—like the one for these burritos—helped me lose 30 pounds! The meat is so tender and delicious. —Shirley Davidson, Thornton, Colorado

Goes Great With: Mexican Salsa

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Day 12: Taco Corn Bread CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 12: Taco Corn Bread Casserole

A whole can of chiles adds fire to this cornbread casserole. For less heat, you can use just enough of the can for your taste. —Lisa Paul, Terre Haute, Indiana

Goes Great With: Spicy Refried Beans

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Day 13: Pepper Sausage PizzaTaste of Home

Day 13: Pepper Sausage Pizza

Fresh spinach gives this recipe a tasty twist. That leafy green plus yellow peppers, snow-white mushrooms and tomato sauce make this a colorful addition to your pizza buffet table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Parmesan Kale Casserole

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Day 14: Jamaican-Style Beef StewTaste of Home

Day 14: Jamaican-Style Beef Stew

This delicious stew makes a hearty supper with a lighter touch. The leaner cut of meat, herbs and seasonings and fresh vegetables make it so flavorful, you'll want another bowl! —James Hayes, Ridgecrest, California

Goes Great With: Icebox Rolls

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Day 15: Mexican-Style Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Day 15: Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

We've always liked stuffed peppers, but everyone is pleasantly surprised at this mildly spicy version. For convenience, you can assemble these pretty peppers ahead of time and bake them later. —LaDonna Reed of Ponca City, Oklahoma

Goes Great With: Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street Corn

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Day 16: Exotic Five-Spice Chicken WingsTaste of Home

Day 16: Exotic Five-Spice Chicken Wings

Savor the flavors you crave! These distinctive wings deliver a sweet, salty and slightly spicy taste with every bite. —Barb Miller, Oakdale, Minnesota

Goes Great With: Mom’s Fried Rice

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Day 17: Southwestern CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 17: Southwestern Casserole

I've been making this mild family-pleasing southwest casserole recipe for years. It tastes wonderful, fits nicely into our budget and, best of all, makes a second one to freeze and enjoy later. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Goes Great With: Guacamole Tossed Salad

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Day 18: Pretzel-Coated Chicken NuggetsTaste of Home

Day 18: Pretzel-Coated Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets with a crushed pretzel crust have a guaranteed wow factor. Have them as a quick weeknight supper or serve 'em as a party app. —Carrie Farias, Oak Ridge, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Roasted Carrot Fries

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Day 19: Thai Beef Stir-FryTaste of Home

Day 19: Thai Beef Stir-Fry

A distinctive peanut sauce complements this colorful combination of tender sirloin strips, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms. I like to dish it up over spaghetti, but you could use fried noodles instead. —Janice Fehr, Austin, Manitoba

Goes Great With: Thai-Style Cobb Salad

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Day 20: Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom SauceTaste of Home

Day 20: Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom Sauce

Just a skillet, a couple juicy steaks, fresh mushrooms and a few simple ingredients prove it doesn't take much fuss to fix a special meal for two. —Denise McNab, Warminster, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Nanny’s Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

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Day 21: Spicy Pork & Green Chili VerdeTaste of Home

Day 21: Spicy Pork & Green Chili Verde

My pork chili is brimming with poblano and sweet red peppers for a hearty kick. Serve it with sour cream, Monterey Jack and tortilla chips. —Anthony Bolton, Bellevue, Nebraska

Goes Great With: Homemade Tortillas

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Day 22: Sausage & Rice Stuffed PumpkinsTaste of Home

Day 22: Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

My children often request this dish. It also adds a great "wow" factor to a festive buffet table.—Andria Peckham, Lowell, Michigan

Goes Great With: Roasted Butternut Squash Panzanella

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Day 23: Cheeseburger SoupTaste of Home

Day 23: Cheeseburger Soup

A local restaurant serves a similar cheeseburger soup but wouldn't share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased with the way this all-American treat turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Cheese-Filled Garlic Rolls

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Day 24: Veggie FajitasTaste of Home

Day 24: Veggie Fajitas

My husband prefers these to chicken or beef fajitas and I serve them for dinner often. —Sarah Mercer, Wichita, Kansas

Goes Great With: Salsa Rice

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Day 25: Ravioli LasagnaTaste of Home

Day 25: Ravioli Lasagna

When you taste this casserole, you'll think it came from a complicated, from-scratch recipe. Really, though, it starts with frozen ravioli and has only three other ingredients. —Patricia Smith, Asheboro, North Carolina

Goes Great With: Italian Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Day 26: Apple Butter Pork with White BeansTaste of Home

Day 26: Apple Butter Pork with White Beans

This enticing dish is an entire dinner with meat, vegetables and beans, wonderful to come home to after I've run the kids around to activities all afternoon. The apple butter with the pork is yummy and perfect for fall! —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Goes Great With: Crispy Smashed Herbed Potatoes

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Day 27: Beef & Spinach Lo MeinTaste of Home

Day 27: Beef & Spinach Lo Mein

If you like a good stir-fry, this dish will definitely satisfy. I discovered the recipe at an international luncheon, and it's now a favorite go-to meal. —Denise Patterson, Bainbridge, Ohio

Goes Great With: Baked Egg Rolls

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Day 28: Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard NoodlesTaste of Home

Day 28: Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard Noodles

A fast, creamy skillet sauce dresses up everyday pork chops and noodles. Chicken also works well with this recipe and the zesty mix of mustards.—Margaret Bracher, Robertsdale, Alabama

Goes Great With: Brown Sugar-Glazed Baby Carrots

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Day 29: Pumpkin LasagnaTaste of Home

Day 29: Pumpkin Lasagna

I especially like this comforting fall dish because it's vegetarian. Even friends who aren't big fans of pumpkin are surprised by this delectable lasagna. Canned pumpkin and no-cook noodles make it a cinch to prepare. —Tamara Huron, New Market, Alabama

Goes Great With: Mixed Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

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Day 30: Easy Meatball StroganoffTaste of Home

Day 30: Easy Meatball Stroganoff

This recipe has fed not only my own family, but many neighborhood kids! They come running when I make this supper. It's one of those things you throw together after work on a busy day because you know it works. —Julie May, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Goes Great With: Roasted Cabbage & Onions

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Day 31: Ghostly Chicken & Pepper PizzaTaste of Home

Day 31: Ghostly Chicken & Pepper Pizza

My friendly ghost pizza won’t scare folks away from your dinner table. My family loves Halloween, so we like creating fun new recipes like this one. Fill it with whatever pizza toppings you like best.—Francine Boecher, Queensbury, New York

Goes Great With: Tomato Soup with Cheesy Ghost Croutons

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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