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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Vegetarian Fall Recipes for the Week Ahead — Next Week’s Meal Plan

There's been a lot of roasted meat in my professional life lately — more turkey, ground beef, and chicken than I care to admit — and while I'm still feeling like cozy fall cooking, I'm ready for a week of vegetables.

Luck would have it that this week the stars have aligned to give me a ton of pantry staples like chickpeas and black beans, leftover vegetables that need to be used up, and a bunch of new-to-me recipes that are all vegetarian. Here's what a week of family-friendly vegetarian dinners looks like in fall.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars — Easy Dessert Recipes

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A slice of classic cheesecake is one of those desserts that takes nicely to added flavors and tinkering. If you love both pumpkin pie and cheesecake, these creamy bars are the perfect hybrid. There's a sturdy graham cracker crust on the bottom, then a layer of classic white cheesecake, and finally a delicate pumpkin cheesecake layer fragrant with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices. One pan makes a lot of bars that you can take to your next party or potluck; I promise the pan will come home empty.

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15 Recipes for People Obsessed with Pumpkin Spice — Recipes from the Kitchn

If you're someone who craves pumpkin spice the moment the first cool fall morning arrives, this roundup of recipes is for you. With only a few months of the season, you know you have limited time to get your fill of all that sweet, spicy goodness before winter shows up. Luckily standing in line at Starbucks is far from your only option when you're looking to satisfy your annual craving. These 15 recipes feature pumpkin spice in all of its cinnamon- and nutmeg-dusted glory.

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5 Posts That Will Change Your Food Budget — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen.

Getting the most out of a modest food budget is tricky. I don't know about you, but I feel like I spend an inordinate amount of time researching recipes that are cost-effective yet tasty — and still end up spending more than I thought I would. If I'm really not careful or diligent about my food budget, my bank statement looks like I may as well have been eating Chipotle for every meal, because that's how much I spent at the store. And let's face it — living in one of the most expensive cities in the country (New York) probably doesn't help.

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Recipe: Orzo with Caramelized Fall Vegetables & Ginger — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

I love orzo — its plump, chewy grains so much like rice, but on a grander scale and with the tenderness of pasta — but I don't cook with it often enough, which seems silly, given how fast it can be. So I mused over what I would really like to eat right now and came up with all the fall vegetable flavors. Onions, garlic, mushrooms, sweet potato — preferably dark and caramelized, built from the ground up in one big skillet, browning, caramelizing, and sautéeing until you're left with a big pile of chewy orzo and dark, delicious fall vegetables.

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10 Easy Dinners Made with Canned Goods from the Pantry — Recipes from The Kitchn

The bottom shelf of my pantry is always stacked with a sea of various canned goods. There's everything from an assortment of beans to canned tomatoes. Keeping these ingredients on hand is just one of my secrets for quick, budget-friendly dinners I can make any night of the week.

From salmon cakes to a rich pasta sauce, canned pantry staples are the star ingredients in these 10 easy recipes.

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