September is an exciting time. It's a month of change—change in schedules, change in wardrobe, change in weather. We're saying a bittersweet goodbye to the sunny days of summer, knowing that good things can't last forever, but luckily, we can still eat ice cream all year long. September also means back to school, back to early mornings and homework afternoons, and most notably, it's a time when you realize how little time you actually have. Of all the important things on your priority list, preparing a quick and delicious dinner not only should be at the top, but can be at the top!

We've collected 12 of our favorite family-friendly recipes that are the total package: easy to prepare, quick to complete, kid tested, and adult approved. Best of all, these dishes translate wonderfully as leftovers! Our Vegetarian Chili with Corn, Dried Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, and Pinto Beans may appear time-consuming (and impressive!), but the secret is that it only takes 30 minutes and one pot! Dried mushrooms are rehydrated for great depth of flavor, and cumin and chili powder lend that signature chili flavor. Soft sweet potatoes against crunchy corn and salty cheddar cheese creates textural fun for the whole family. And here's the good news: this dish is available on the menu for our upcoming delivery week! Order your first box for $30 off and add any recipe from our menu to your box after checkout.

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With one-pan recipes like Tamale Pie, Chicken & Dumplings, and Mac & Cheese, flavors meld overnight in the fridge, and all you have to do is throw the pan right back into the oven the next day. Place leftover meatloaf burgers and pretzel crusted chicken on a bun or between two slices of bread with shredded romaine, a slice of cheese, and a lick of ketchup, and your kid will be the envy of all the others at their lunch table (and if you're like us, we'll take all the parent brownie points we can get!). Cook, relax, and enjoy!

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2015/10/27/pretzel-crusted-chicken/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/04/26/cheesy-tortilla-pizza-with-pepperoni-and-tomato-sauce/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/09/07/tamale-pie-with-romaine-hearts/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/07/26/burger-salad-with-special-sauce-dressing/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2015/11/04/chicken-and-dumplings/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/03/24/meatloaf-burgers-and-rice-with-cucumber-salad-2/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/04/13/herb-baked-shrimp-with-tomatoes-and-feta/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/03/22/baked-pumpkin-pasta-with-lettuce-salad/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/06/20/spicy-pork-french-bread-pizza-with-pickled-peppers-and-cheddar/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/04/27/lemony-spinach-gnocchi-bake-with-basil-and-pine-nuts/

http://blog.marleyspoon.com/2016/04/13/macaroni-and-cheese-with-crunchy-salad/