september food calendar

The beginning of September is a little lazy. Aaron goes to Texas to fish and see his fam, so I'll probably veg on popcorn, ice cream, and maybe some pho. After that, my parents come to town which means taco shops and steak, then we have two weeks before we head out on a cruise. We'll be saving some monies in our grocery budge this month.

8th, Friday: Steak, Pumpkin & Cauliflower Mash, green beans
We did not grow up eating pumpkin. I became obsessed with it once I started cooking for myself. So, I plan to pull out some fun pumpkin recipes to see what my parents think of them! And dad will cook the steaks. Because he's the literal best. AND those green beans will be from my GARDEN, y'all. The only surviving plant.

9th, Saturday: White Chili, chips and guacamole
Chili in the crockpot is super easy, and I have some frozen turkey for this version of chili. Lots of beans, lots of cumin, lots of chips and guacamole. I always try to set aside some to freeze, but I think my daddy will really like this one and will want to eat it for lunch while he's here. If not, I'll just freeze it!

12th, Tuesday: Artichoke Florentine Pasta with crab, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars
When my parents are in town, I never know if we'll go to dinner or cook it, so I'm always prepared. This dinner will probably be super rich, but it also looks really delicious if I can pull it off!

14th, Thursday: Roasted Pumpkin Nachos with Chicken
If we make the pasta on Tuesday, we'll have these nachos and chill out before a weekend in Anaheim watching the Rangers. If we don't make the pasta, you know we'll make it this night.

17th, Sunday: Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili, Green & Gold Salsa, German Apple Salad
The Cowboys play at 1:30 on this day, so I'm sure we'll be hosting some people for the game--or we'll go somewhere with a better TV. Either way, I'll be ready for an afternoon of football armed with my chili and a yummy apple side!
Also, we'll probably stay in front of the TV to watch Green Bay at Atlanta, so we'll be prepped for that.

18th, Marriage Mondays: Baked Pumpkin Goat Cheese Alfredo with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts & Grapes au Gratin, salad, garlic bread, Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles
Every Monday since June, we've gotten together with some other married couples. We host dinner this week, so I plan to bring out all the stops and prove pumpkin is good in something other than dessert. And those snickerdoodles are to die for. I'm not kidding.

21st, Thursday: Anti-Vampire Potion, Potluck German Potato Salad, Grilled Cheese.
Anti-Vampire. Yup, garlic is in this recipe, and I am not sad about it. My plan for this night is to watch a movie after practice and snuggle with some soup. Aaron's not a huge soup fan, so the grilled cheese is for him. I'm forecasting a big week and the need to rest at this dinnertime.

23rd, Saturday: Brunch Banana Split
I couldn't resist; this just sounded fun. We'll be packing and prepping to go on a cruise, so this will be easy and yummy. Plus, Aaron loves peaches.

30th, Saturday: Smoked Sausage Breakfast Hash
My dad makes sausage links and brings them to us when he visits (#blessed), so this breakfast hash will be perfect with some of those sausage links!

Lunches

Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Salad and Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad--and any leftover soup or chili I can save.

Snacks

I also plan to make Spiced Coffee, Roasted Chickpeas, and lots of roasted pumpkin seeds this month.

I'm sure I'll be making desserts and snacks in addition to these simply because of #30littledaysofpumpkin. But I can't give all my secrets away.

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