What to Cook in September

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September marks the transition between seasons, and it’s the perfect time to make the most of the fresh, in-season ingredients from the last few summer produce harvests.

The great thing about September cooking is that you get to choose from the wide array of summer produce that’s still available while starting to incorporate fall and cooler season veggies.

You can still get good corn, a few fresh summer tomatoes are still hanging on, and in the cooler-season lettuces and root veggies are all popping up in the garden.

Here’s what to cook in September:

1. Roasted Tomatoes

Tomatoes are still in season in September, so make the most of that final harvest by roasting them.

slow roasted tomato bruschetta

They’re on sale at the grocery store as they near the end of peak summer freshness, so whether you grew too many or can find them at a good price at the store, slow roasting tomatoes is a great way to bring out their natural sweetness and use up every last summer tomato you can find.

Try roasting them with garlic, shallots, and herbs for a delicious side dish or pasta sauce.

2. Apples

While apples are available all year round, September marks the transition to the beginning of a fresh harvest season.

homemade applesauce recipe in jar elizabeth rider

Apples are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and they’re a staple in any recipe repertoire.

Apple recipes to try:

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are ready for harvest in the late summer in the US, so there are still a lot of sweet, fresh blueberries available throughout September.

Blueberry Smoothie

Make a delicious blueberry smoothie or blueberry muffins and enjoy!

4. Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a versatile vegetable that can be roasted, mashed, or used in soups and stews.

This Healing Butternut Squash & Carrot Curry Soup is one of my favorites.

Butternut Squash Carrot Curry Soup Elizabeth Rider

I also love this Fall Quinoa Bowl with Butternut Squash.

5. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is another fall favorite, I love it in this Pumpkin Curry Soup that you can make using a can of pumpkin puree.

6. Corn

Corn is in peak season at the end of summer, so there’s still some good corn left as we head into September. This is usually the last of it until next year, so enjoy it!

I love it in this Summer Corn Salad.

salad recipes Elizabeth Rider

And my favorite 30-Minute Taco Soup is a JOY this time of year!

30 minute taco soup

Happy September!

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