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23 End-Of-Summer Recipes You Still Have Time To Make

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Hold onto summer for as long as you can.

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Hold up — it’s September already!? While it might feel like summer is slipping away, you still have time to make these delicious seasonal recipes. So take advantage while you can and whip up some of these dishes.

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Lighter than lasagna and perfect for those cool summer nights, this stuffed cannelloni is made with tangy, bright tomato sauce and airy ricotta cheese. Feel free to leave out the chicken or replace it with something like zucchini or eggplant. Get the recipe for creamy ricotta, spinach, and chicken cannelloni here.

Chicken breasts marinating in a mixture of olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, soy sauce, spices, and honey.

A bowl of Caribbean chicken over white rice with pineapple salsa and limes.

Four pieces of Caprese grilled chicken with more balsamic on the side.

A close-up of grilled chicken breasts topped with mozzarella cheese, beefsteak tomatoes, basil, and balsamic drizzle.

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When it comes to quick summertime meals, it doesn’t get much easier or satisfying than this Caprese grilled chicken. All you need are a few ingredients and 30 minutes. Get the recipe for Caprese chicken here.

A handful of crispy fish pieces on a baking sheet.

A baking dish filled with several fish tacos topped with slaw, avocado, and lime wedges.

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There’s no deep frying required for these seriously decadent fish tacos. Just dredge the fish in egg and panko bread crumbs, then bake it and assemble in tortillas with your favorite toppings. Get the recipe for crispy baked fish tacos here.


Easy Steak Fajitas

Fajitas served family style with bowls of cheese, guacamole, tortillas, and a big plate of grilled steak with peppers and onions.

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Make this steak on the grill, slice it super thinly, then serve this meal family style with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings like guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Get the recipe for easy steak fajitas here.

A process shot of making salmon burgers, combining the salmon in a food processor with herbs, bread crumbs, shallot, and more and shaping it into burgets.

An assembled salmon burger on a bun with onion, lettuce, and aioli.

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Salmon gets mixed with lemon zest, shallot, garlic, dill, and almond meal to form juicy burger patties. Serve them on buns with your favorite condiments. Get the recipe for lemon dill salmon burgers here.

A skillet with rigatoni and sun-dried tomatoes.

A bowl of rigatoni with sun dried tomatoes and burrata.

Five chicken skewers with tomatoes.

A bowl of couscous, chopped salad, and pita bread with two chicken skewers on top.

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These chicken skewers are marinated in an extremely flavorful Moroccan spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and turmeric. Serve with over couscous for a fast and filling meal. Get the recipe for grilled Moroccan chicken skewers here.

A big skillet full of paella with clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, and lots of veggies and herbs.

A plate of paella with chicken and shellfish, plus some lemon wedges off to the side.

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If you haven’t made paella yet this summer, there’s still time! This version is loaded with pretty much whatever protein you can get your hands on like chicken, clams, mussels, shrimp, and chorizo. Get the recipe for chicken and seafood paella here.

Ripe peaches, tangy feta cheese, sweet balsamic, and fresh basil are the perfect complement to grilled pork chops. Everything cooks in a single skillet, so you don’t have to worry about all the clean up. Get the recipe for skillet balsamic peach pork chops here.

Not that there’s any wrong time for barbecue pulled chicken, this dish is particularly perfect for your end-of-summer cook-out. Serve it with tangy coleslaw on burger buns. Get the recipe for BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches here.

A wooden spoon stirring a pot of clams.

A big skillet full of linguine with clams and parsley in a lemony, white wine, and garlic broth.

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When it comes to summer pasta recipes, there’s nothing like buttery, garlicky, lemony linguine with steamed clams. Add some red pepper flakes, fresh parsley, and lemon zest for good measure. Get the recipe for linguine with clams here.

A skillet with bratwursts and onions.

Four bratwursts with onions and mustard in hot dog buns.

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Forget about plain old boring hotdogs. Upgrade your barbecue with these thick and juicy German-style sausages, which get boiled in beer then piled into buns with mustard and tender onions. Get the recipe for bratwurst in beer with onions here.


Thai Green Curry Tofu

A bowl of tofu and vegetables in green curry sauce with white rice and fresh basil.

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Green curry is creamy and decadent, but it’s not as heavy as some other curries. This recipe calls for tofu, but of course you can swap it for your favorite protein like shrimp or chicken. Get the recipe for Thai green curry tofu here.

Ingredients for lobster mac 'n' cheese including uncooked elbow noodles, lobster meat, butter, and lots of shredded cheese.

A big dish of creamy lobster mac 'n' cheese with breadcrumb topping.

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OK, mac ‘n’ cheese might make you think of a cozy winter recipe, but when you add chunks of buttery lobster meat, this dish is the ultimate summertime splurge. Get the recipe for lobster mac ‘n’ cheese here.

Ingredients for pizza including dough, burrata, prosciutto, arugula, and red pepper flakes.

A pizza topped with prosciutto, burrata, and arugula.

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While pizza is perfectly appropriate to eat any time of year, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this one is all about the summery toppings. There’s no tomato sauce. Instead, rich and creamy burrata cheese gets lathered on top of charred pizza dough. Get the recipe for prosciutto, arugula, and burrata pizza here.

A process shot of making crab cakes and then frying them in a skillet.

Several golden brown crab cakes with tartar sauce, lemon, and herbs.

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The secret ingredient that makes these crab cakes absolutely irresistible: Ritz crackers. Mix the lump crab meat with crackers, mayonnaise, egg, Worcestershire Sauce, and Old Bay seasoning, then pan-fry the cakes until golden brown and crispy on the outside. Get the recipe for Baltimore-style crab cakes here.

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