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Your Low-Calorie Meal Plan for September

Yes, you can indulge in fall comfort food and eat healthy. Our September meal plan is full of low-calorie dinners you'll enjoy all month long.

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Day 1: Apple Chicken StewTaste of Home

Day 1: Apple Chicken Stew

My husband and I enjoy visiting the apple orchards in nearby Nebraska City. We always make sure to buy extra cider to use in this sensational slow-cooked stew. —Carol Mathias, Lincoln, Nebraska

Goes Great With: Wild Rice and Squash Pilaf

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Day 2: Turkey Tenderloin and Root Veggie Sheet-Pan SupperTaste of Home

Day 2: Turkey Tenderloin and Root Veggie Sheet-Pan Supper

My family loves this turkey sheet-pan dinner. I used ingredients I had on hand, including bacon, which lends a nice smoky flavor. It's so quick and easy to prepare. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Roasted Green Vegetable Medley

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Day 3: Baked Chicken ChimichangasTaste of Home

Day 3: Baked Chicken Chimichangas

I developed this quick and easy recipe through trial and error. I used to garnish it with sour cream, too, but I eliminated it in order to lighten the recipe. My friends all love it when I cook these chimichangas, and they're much healthier than deep-fried. —Rickey Madden, Clinton, South Carolina

Goes Great With: Easy Sauteed Green Beans

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Day 4: Meatless Chili Mac

I came across this recipe in a newspaper years ago and it’s been a hit at our house ever since. It’s fast and flavorful, and it appeals to all ages. — Cindy Ragan, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Broccoli Cauliflower Combo

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Day 5: Slow-Cooker Country Captain ChickenTaste of Home

Day 5: Slow-Cooker Country Captain Chicken

Legend has it that the recipe for country captain chicken was brought to Georgia in the early 1800s by a British sea captain. Although it's traditional to serve this over rice, it's also delicious with noodles or mashed potatoes. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Olives

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Day 6: Fall Vegetable Sloppy Joes

I make this dish in the fall and sneak grated vegetables into the sloppy joe mixture. It’s especially good when children don’t like to eat their vegetables! Just walk away until the end of the day and let the slow cooker do all the work. Also delicious: Top the filling with a little shredded cheese before serving. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Goes Great With: Onion-Garlic Hash Browns

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Day 7: Maple Mustard ChickenTaste of Home

Day 7: Maple Mustard Chicken

My husband loves this chicken dish. It calls for only five ingredients, and we try to have them all on hand for a delicious and cozy dinner anytime. —Jennifer Seidel, Midland, Michigan

Goes Great With: Colcannon Irish Potatoes

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Day 8: Sassy Pot Roast

I love walking into my home after a long day and smelling this lovely pot roast. You can add potatoes and carrots to round out the meal, and the leftover meat makes a comforting soup for the next night. —Susan Burkett, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Day 9: Chunky Chicken Cacciatore

This healthy pasta recipe is so versatile! Look in your fridge for anything else you want to throw in, like red pepper, mushrooms, extra zucchini—you name it. And if you're a vegetarian, go ahead and leave out the chicken. —Stephanie Loaiza, Layton, Utah

Goes Great With: Marinated Mushrooms & Artichokes

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Day 10: Italian Mushroom Meat LoafTaste of Home

Day 10: Italian Mushroom Meat Loaf

Healthful oats and flaxseed amp up the nutrition in this tasty meat loaf. —Kylie Werning, Candler, North Carolina

Goes Great With: Honey-Butter Peas and Carrots

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Day 11: Chicken Jambalaya

This is a great easy chicken jambalaya recipe. It's great to serve at parties and it reheats well after! —Lynn Desjardins, Atkinson, New Hampshire

Goes Great With: Green Beans with Peppers

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Day 12: Broccoli Tuna CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 12: Broccoli Tuna Casserole

When I was in the Navy, a co-worker's wife shared this recipe with me. I’ve tweaked it over the years, but it still brings back memories of my "family" away from home. —Yvonne Cook, Haskins, Ohio

Goes Great With: Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots

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Day 13: Chicken Mushroom Stew

The flavors blend beautifully in this pot of chicken, vegetables and herbs as it simmers slowly. —Kenny Van Rheenen, Mendota, Illinois

Goes Great With: Sweet Carrots

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Day 14: BBQ Pork and PeppersTaste of Home

Day 14: BBQ Pork and Peppers

This was the first recipe I ever made in a slow cooker, and it was the first recipe my husband taught me! We like this with white rice and a salad. —Rachael Hughes, Southampton, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Zesty Garlic Green Beans

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Day 15: All-Day Red Beans & Rice

My family loves New Orleans-style cooking, so I make this authentic dish often. I appreciate how uncomplicated it is. And its smoky ham flavor is scrumptious. —Celinda Dahlgren, Napa, California

Goes Great With: Creamed Spinach with Parmesan

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Day 16: Apple-Dijon Pork RoastTaste of Home

Day 16: Apple-Dijon Pork Roast

This recipe takes less than five minutes to assemble and is delicious. I like to serve the roast with rice, then use the tangy sauce as a gravy for both. —Cindy Steffen, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Easy Beans & Potatoes with Bacon

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Day 17: Tender Salsa BeefTaste of Home

Day 17: Tender Salsa Beef

This is my Mexican-style twist on comfort food. To keep it kid-friendly, use mild salsa. —Stacie Stamper, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Goes Great With: Salsa Corn

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Day 18: Pecan Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 18: Pecan Pork Chops

A delicate butter and brown sugar glaze is a tasty topping for these broiled pork chops.

Goes Great With: Two-Bean Tomato Bake

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Day 19: Chicken and Vegetable Curry CouscousTaste of Home

Day 19: Chicken and Vegetable Curry Couscous

For my busy family, a partly homemade one-pot meal is the best way to get dinner done in a hurry. Use your favorite blend of frozen veggies and serve with toasted pita bread for smiles all around. —Elizabeth Hokanson, Arborg, Manitoba

Goes Great With: Honey Garlic Green Beans

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Day 20: Sneaky Turkey MeatballsTaste of Home

Day 20: Sneaky Turkey Meatballs

Like most kids, mine refuse to eat certain veggies. In order to feed them healthy foods, I have to be sneaky sometimes. The veggies give these meatballs a pleasing texture while providing valuable nutrients—and I'm happy to say my kids love 'em. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

Goes Great With: Brussels Sprouts & Kale Saute

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Day 21: Apricot Crab Stuffed Acorn SquashTaste of Home

Day 21: Apricot Crab Stuffed Acorn Squash

This light squash recipe is quick, simple and bursting with rich flavors. It looks so elegant when served on a lovely platter. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana

Goes Great With: Rosemary Root Vegetables

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Day 22: Shredded Green Chile BeefTaste of Home

Day 22: Shredded Green Chile Beef

This Tex-Mex pulled beef roast is tender, slightly spicy, juicy, and so delicious served over mashed potatoes or rice. The beef also makes the best soft tacos you've ever had. Save any leftover pulled beef in the liquid to prevent it from drying out. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

Goes Great With: Garlic-Sesame Green Beans

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Day 23: Spicy Shrimp with RiceTaste of Home

Day 23: Spicy Shrimp with Rice

No one will doubt that "light" cooking can be tasty when you put a helping of this zippy shrimp in front of them. The seafood is seasoned just right with garlic, pepper and hot sauce. — Jeannie Klugh, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Spiced Green Beans

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Day 24: Couscous Meatball SoupTaste of Home

Day 24: Couscous Meatball Soup

This soup will warm you up and takes just 25 minutes of prep time, making it a perfect weeknight meal. —Jonathan Pace, San Francisco, California

Goes Great With: Whipped Squash

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Day 25: Tuscan Pork Stew

Tender chunks of pork slowly cook in a nicely seasoned, wine-infused sauce. Add some crushed red pepper flakes to this pork stew for a little extra kick.—Penny Hawkins, Mebane, North Carolina

Goes Great With: Cauliflower Mash

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Day 26: Glazed Rosemary PorkTaste of Home

Day 26: Glazed Rosemary Pork

A honey-rosemary glaze delicately seasons pork tenderloin in this delightful entree. As elegant as it is easy, the main course is ideal for weekend dinner parties and weeknight suppers alike. —Barbara Sistrunk, Fultondale, Alabama

Goes Great With: Brussels Sprouts with Garlic & Goat Cheese

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Day 27: East Coast Shrimp and Lentil BowlsTaste of Home

Day 27: East Coast Shrimp and Lentil Bowls

If you have frozen shrimp, a few seasoning ingredients, bagged spinach and lentils on hand in your pantry, you can make this dish in no time. It's so delicious, nobody needs to know that it's healthy, too! —Mary Kay LaBrie, Clermont, Florida

Goes Great With: Waffle-Iron Acorn Squash

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Day 28: 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 Pepper Roasted Broccoli

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Day 29: Roast Pork SoupTaste of Home

Day 29: Roast Pork Soup

This well-seasoned, satisfying soup has a rich, full-bodied broth brimming with potatoes, navy beans and tender chunks of pork. It's been a family favorite for years. Served with cornbread, it's one of our comfort foods in winter. —Sue Gulledge, Springville, Alabama

Goes Great With: Green Beans and New Potatoes

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Day 30: Pastry-Topped Turkey CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 30: Pastry-Topped Turkey Casserole

My friends tell me this is the best potpie. Hearty and full-flavored, this meal-in-one never lets on that it’s low fat and full of fiber. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

Goes Great With: Saucy Sprouts and Oranges

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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