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A 7-Day Meal Plan of Cozy September Dinners

As the weather starts to get cooler, things start to heat up in the kitchen. This week, enjoy cozy dinners that are heartier than summer's lighter fare.

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Sunday: Grampa’s German-Style Pot RoastTaste of Home

Sunday: Grampas German-Style Pot Roast

Grampa was of German heritage and loved the old-world recipes given to him by his mother. I made a few changes to give this recipe an updated flavor and to use my slow cooker instead of the oven. Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Monday: Apple-Topped Ham SteakTaste of Home

Monday: Apple-Topped Ham Steak

Sweet apples combine nicely with tangy mustard in this dish to create a luscious topping for skillet-fried ham steak. I especially like to serve this to guests in fall. Eleanor Chore, Athena, Oregon

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Tuesday: Pressure-Cooker Risotto with Chicken and MushroomsTaste of Home

Tuesday: Pressure-Cooker Risotto with Chicken and Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms add an earthy flavor to this creamy classic, while shredded rotisserie chicken makes it a snap to prepare. You'll savor every bite. Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

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Wednesday: Chicken and Swiss Stuffing BakeTaste of Home

Wednesday: Chicken and Swiss Stuffing Bake

I love to cook but just don't have much time. This casserole is both comforting and fast, which makes it my favorite kind of recipe. I serve it with a green salad. Jena Coffey, Sunset Hills, Missouri

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Thursday: Rigatoni with Sausage & PeasTaste of Home

Thursday: Rigatoni with Sausage & Peas

With a tomato-y meat sauce and tangy goat cheese, this weeknight wonder is my version of comfort food. You want to have bowl after bowl. Lizzie Munro, Brooklyn, New York

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Friday: Slow-Cooker Meatball SandwichesTaste of Home

Friday: Slow-Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

Our approach to meatball sandwiches is a simple one: Cook the meatballs low and slow, load them into hoagie buns, and top with provolone and pepperoncini. Stacie Nicholls, Spring Creek, Nevada

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Saturday: Fish and FriesTaste of Home

Saturday: Fish and Fries

For an awesome crunch and golden color without deep frying, we coat fish with cornflake crumbs and bake it. Try it with homemade french fries for a fun spin on fish and chips. Janice Mitchell, Aurora, Colorado

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Emily Racette Parulski
Emily Racette Parulski is a Senior Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in email newsletters. When she’s not writing about food, she’s baking something sweet to feed her chocolate obsession.

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