What to Cook This September

Learn what's in season this month at cookieandkate.com!

September already? Could it be? September is possibly the best month for fresh produce. Get ready, because this month’s list is a long one. Below, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to fire up your oven, and maybe even your favorite orange squash.

I hope you all have a fantastic Labor Day weekend! I’m fighting off a summer cold (bah!) so I can celebrate at my best friend’s bachelorette party. In last month’s roundup, I shared some fun links, but received mixed feedback as to whether you want more of them. This month, I just really need you to see that time when Simone Biles found a bee in her bouquet. That is all.


This apple kohlrabi salad recipe is crisp and light! - cookieandkate.com

Crispy Apple & Kohlrabi Salad

“I made this salad last night ahead of time, and added the toasted seeds and cheese (gruyere) at serving time. It’s so delicious! I also traded the tarragon for mint. I will use this recipe whenever I get kohlrabi in my CSA box. Thanks!” – Erin

Berries! Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Strawberries

Take advantage of ripe summer fruit to make this simple summer fruit salad! Peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and balsamic vinegar make a killer fruit salad. cookieandkate.com

Summertime Fruit Salad

“This fruit salad is amazing! Definitely the highlight of my brunch, loved by all. Used basil, not mint. Spectacular flavors!” – Liz


Spinach pasta recipe, featuring lots of roasted vegetables tossed in a light balsamic sauce! cookieandkate.com

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Bell Pepper

“I made this last night. Followed the instructions precisely. Divine. I think it’s worth taking the time to roast the veggies. It’s going in my “make again…and again” file.” – Laureen


This healthy slaw recipe tastes amazing! It's made with a simple lemon dressing and features toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Gluten free and vegan. - cookieandkate.com

Simple Seedy Slaw

“Made this tasty slaw as part of Friday’s dinner-for-two (paired with veggie enchiladas) and loved it so much, I prepped a much larger batch on Sunday for a BBQ! It’s delish! I added one tiny spoonful of mayo for a creamier dressing :)” – Becca


Healthy carrot muffins that taste amazing! These are made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with maple syrup! cookieandkate.com

Healthy Carrot Muffins

“I made this recipe as directed and they came out incredibly delicious. I will definitely keep the recipe and add it to the repertoire! Thanks!” – Maryel


Roasted cauliflower, seasoned lentils and creamy chipotle sauce combine to create an unexpectedly delicious taco! - cookieandkate.com

Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Chipotle Sauce

“These tacos are perfection. I made the recipe for the first time for a dinner party (taco bar, vegan option (using vegan mayo)) and it was a smashing success. It’s always risky to make a new recipe to feed guests, but the rave reviews were spot on. These are going into my weeknight rotation. Thank you!” – Rachel


Sweet corn and black bean tacos - cookieandkate.com

Sweet Corn & Black Bean Tacos

“Made this tonight and it was SO delicious! I’m a physician assistant student (which means there’s no such thing as being done studying) and I have an 8 month old. Basically, I don’t have time to eat, let alone cook. This was healthy, easy, and incredible – definitely going into the regular rotation! Thanks!!” – Kate


Beautiful Greek salad made with wedges of romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, olives and herbs piled on top, and a lemon tahini dressing. Easily vegan. cookieandkate.com

Greek Wedge Salad

“I made this last night and it was SO good- loved the dressing especially. I skipped the shallot and marinating part because I was short on time and it was fine without. Used fresh tomatoes and cucumber from my deck pots. You give The Mixx a run for their money. Definitely will be making again :)” – Emily


Roasted eggplant, tomato and feta pasta! This is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner. cookieandkate.com

Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Orzo Pasta

“I made the vegan version of this recipe the day you posted it. I didn’t have orzo so I used small penne. It was delicious! I will be roasting eggplant again! And the roasted tomatoes were also amazing–roasting enhances their flavor. The lemony dressing is very good and compliments all of the tastes in the dish. We were mmmm-ing and wow–ing as we ate. Thanks! I know I will make this again and again.” – Julie


Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel, Honeycrisp and Goat Cheese - cookieandkate.com

Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel and Honeycrisp

“Not sure why I waited so long to try this one – just exceptional. Made it for a supper club last night and it was such a hit. The fennel is such a perfect touch – cannot wait to use it more often. Luckily, I have enough ingredients to continue whipping this up throughout the week. Can kale salads please be your biggest chapter in the upcoming book? My absolute favourite!” – Emily


Simple roasted grape crostini recipe - cookieandkate.com

Roasted Grape Crostini with Brie and Fresh Thyme

I need you to try these crostini and let me know how you like them!

Green Beans

Green bean quinoa salad with feta

“This might actually be my favourite grain salad ever. The combination of textures is phenomenal– definitely don’t skip the toasted almonds! It’s a little bit involved but if you multitask it comes together fairly quickly. I’ve made it several times now and will definitely continue to do so as long as I can get fresh sweet corn!” – Elinor



Simple spiralized ratatouille is full of fresh summer produce and so delicious! cookieandkate.com

Spiralized Ratatouille

“Delicious. First time I used my spiralizer. It made a bit of a mess in the kitchen but was lots of fun. Thanks.” – Jo Bay


A delicious, redeeming, vegan dinner that packs well for tomorrow's lunch. cookieandkate.com

Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl

“I am an old vegetarian and a new vegan, and have really been enjoying expanding my repertoire with yummy new recipes, but *this* is one of my top two. I made it Sunday and we had it Monday for dinner, and it is so, so good. My omnivore partner said he was “prepared to choke it down,” but he actually loved it, and raved about it all night. This was also my first foray into a raw kale dish (other than smoothies, of course), and I am officially hooked. Thank you so much for this absolutely glorious recipe!” – Julie


Sweet and savory arugula watermelon salad recipe with tangy feta - cookieandkate.com

Arugula & Watermelon Salad

“I added pine nuts and pickled onion…..yum yum. Didn’t need the dressing. Love your site as I’m trying to clean up my eating but love food so it has to taste great! Your recipes fit the bill!” – Karen


peach, basil and ricotta flatbread

Simple Peach, Basil and Ricotta Flatbread

“Kate, I love this recipe! It’s such a good, quick, summery dinner. I popped it in the oven after a late night at work last week (when I was starving!) and the timer went off just after I had changed into some comfy clothes.

Everyone: if you’re having a “sweets” craving, trying drizzling a little honey over the entire assembled dish. NOM.” – Jennifer


pear raspberry crostini

Pear, Raspberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

“This morning I was frantically running around the kitchen in desperate search for a healthy lunch to pack. So you saved me! It took me 4 minutes to prep all of this and take it to-go. Now I’m sitting quietly at my desk waiting for lunch time. Is it here yet?” – Sylvia


Tex-Mex migas with crispy baked tortilla chips, like they make in Austin! Plus, a list of restaurants you can't miss on your next trip to Austin, Texas. cookieandkate.com

Tex-Mex Migas with Black Beans

“We just finished eating this as our dinner. It was yummy and I am saving it to make again. It was incredibly easy! My husband said it will make for a great breakfast. Thank you again for a great recipe!” – Erin


Simple, gluten-free plum crisp with a pistachio, oat and almond meal topping - cookieandkate.com

Plum Crisp

“I made this as a dessert for a ladies group dinner and everyone LOVED it! Thank you.” – Daniela


Healthy pumpkin muffins - cookieandkate.com

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

“I just made these and I can’t believe how amazing they turned out! Until now most of my healthy baking attemps were more or less a failure.. These little guys however are super fluffy, not too sweet and the warming spices are just right for rainy days. Thank you, I love it!
I’m excited to try out your zucchini bread which is gonna ne next :)” – Janina


Roasted broccoli rabe and potatoes with a zippy dressing make a great side dish (or breakfast hash!) - cookieandkate.com

Lemony Roasted Potatoes & Broccoli Rabe

“Thank you so much. Absolutely delicious. As a semi-new vegetarian I need extra inspiration this time of year to not feel like I’m missing out on all the meat dishes. And this does the trick and then some :)” – Cassandra


Spicy quick pickled radishes, a delicious condiment that's ready to eat right away! cookieandkate.com

Spicy Quick Pickled Radishes

“I just made these the other day and they are SO delicious! Exactly the flavor I was looking for and didn’t even know it. One bag of Trader Joe’s radishes works perfectly. Great on chicken salad, Caesar salad, or by themselves.
Thanks!” – Leah

Summer Squash

A simple, vegetarian summer meal of roasted ratatouille and spaghetti! - cookieandkate.com

Spicy Roasted Ratatouille with Spaghetti

“My daughter and her boyfriend are both vegan and we’re attending a graduation party soon and needed to come up with something for them to eat there. Well let me just say…this is awesome! My husband, son and myself are not vegan but I tried this recipe on them tonight and it was a huge hit! I think we are going to be trying a lot more of these recipes! Thanks so much, and it was so easy too!” – Karen


Super fresh tomato sauce with spaghetti - cookieandkate.com

Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

“This recipe was great! I can’t tolerate typical tomato sauce, even homemade, but eating this mostly raw version was a delight. Our entire family loved it and it’s now on our rotation. Thanks! :)” – Sarah