Weeknight Dinner Ideas: 5 Fall Dinners You’ll Love (We Promise!)

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Football season is on -- marking the official end of summer (at least for some of us). And while we're not too happy about packing up our flip-flops, we can't wait to start making our favorite fall dishes. After all, who needs bikini season when you can have homemade spaghetti?

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  1. Chopped Taco Salad

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    Photo by Photo: Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

    Why We Love It: Forget the tortilla -- all of our favorite taco ingredients come together in what blogger Reeni describes as a "hot mess of a salad".

    Grocery List: Ground turkey, taco seasoning, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, olives, red onion, white wine vinegar, tortilla chips

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  2. Squash Soup with Crispy Quinoa

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    Photo by Photo: A Couple Cooks

    Why We Love It: Seasoned with Indian spices, this hearty soup is flavorful and filling.

    Grocery List: Squash, shallots, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, cayenne, vegetable broth, coconut milk

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  3. Quick Paella

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    Photo by Photo: My Recipes / The Nest

    Why We Love It: We weren't kidding when we said this dinner was quick. The dish comes together in just under 20 minutes.

    Grocery List: Saffron, chipotle seasoning, shrimp, chicken, rice, peas

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  4. Fuss-Free Meatballs and Marinara

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    Photo by Photo: The Nest

    Why We Love It: The name says it all; this dinner is simple and super delish.

    Grocery List: Garlic, tomatoes, ground beef, veal, pork, parmesan, egg, onion, oregano

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  5. indian spiced squash soup

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    Photo by Photo: A Couple Cooks