Legend has it that cinnamon was once valued more highly than gold — and we totally get why. This storied spice brings delicious depth to baked goods, desserts, and drinks.

In addition to its craveable flavor, when you sprinkle on the cinnamon with a liberal hand, you’re racking up health benefits.

Cinnamon has antibacterial properties and antioxidant polyphenol compounds, which have been associated with better blood sugar regulation and reduced inflammation.

But as you’re sipping that PSL or noshing on streusel-topped muffins, don’t forget: Everyone’s favorite fall spice isn’t just for lattes and pastries. It makes for some pretty amazing savory recipes too.

In soups, curries, salad dressings, and more, there’s no end to the uses for cinnamon at dinnertime. So don’t let breakfast or dessert steal the cinnamon show! Step up your weeknight game with these 15 cinna-dinner recipes.

1. Chipotle cinnamon picadillo

If you’ve never had picadillo, you’re in for a treat with this cinnamon-spiced Latin American hash. Ground beef crumbles, veggies, chipotles in adobo, and raisins (yes, raisins — don’t skip ’em!) make this a satisfying, spicy meal.

2. Lamb kofta kabobs

Fact: Everything is more fun to eat on a stick. Kofta, traditional Middle Eastern meatballs, are no exception. With their hint of cinnamon among parsley, mint, and coriander, they’re a delicious start to a Persian or Greek-inspired dinner.

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Cinnamon and Chili Pork Tenderloin, Photo Courtesy of MelsKitchenCafe

3. Cinnamon pork tenderloin with fresh apple salsa

It’s not just the meat that gets spiced up in this this pork tenderloin dinner. A unique apple salsa takes the place of the ho-hum applesauce usually served with pork. Plus, keeping the apples raw and unpeeled means they’ll retain all their nutrients.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchilada Bake, Photo Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

4. Sweet potato black bean enchilada bake

Mexican desserts are often heavy on the cinnamon (we’re totally Team Churro), but the spice can also add a nice complement to Mexi-main dishes.

The DIY enchilada sauce in this vegetarian bake calls for a full teaspoon of cinnamon to balance the more piquant flavors of chili powder, cumin, and cayenne.

5. Roasted butternut squash chili

Hellooooo, vegan goodness! Cinnamon-dusted butternut squash gets roasted to caramelized perfection and then mixed with jalapenos, corn, and beans in this thick chili. It’s the perfect healthy bowl of comfort to warm you up from the inside out.

6. Pineapple cinnamon chicken curry

Getting your daily servings of fruit can sometimes be a challenge. Pack in one more before you call it a day with a pineapple chicken curry, complete with two full teaspoons of cinnamon. Bonus: This dinner takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

7. Cinnamon pecan-crusted salmon

Never thought of putting cinnamon on fish? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! In this simple recipe, a mustard glaze is fancied up with cinnamon and ground pecans and then smeared on salmon.

With the omega-3s in the fish and the monounsaturated oils in the nuts, you’ll get a double dose of good-for-you fats.

8. Apple salad with apple-cinnamon vinaigrette

Apples and cinnamon are a flavor match made in heaven, and not just in pie. For a light weeknight dinner, whip up this green salad.

It’s packed with antioxidants from apples, pomegranate arils, and pumpkin seeds, plus a tangy cinnamon dressing. To make it more substantial, top with grilled chicken or chickpeas.

9. Jamaican jerk chicken

You’ll want to plan ahead to let the marinade do its work on this Jamaican jerk chicken, but once it’s steeped in flavor, grilling takes just minutes.

And even though the ingredient list may look long, it consists mainly of spices you probably already have on hand — cinnamon included.

10. Sweet corn and cinnamon soup

Since corn boasts a higher sugar content than most other vegetables, it only makes sense that it would pair well with cinnamon in this savory-meets-sweet soup. A chunky chili-corn salsa on top elevates this dish from simple to company-worthy.

11. Chickpea tagine with cinnamon, cumin, and carrots

Make it Moroccan night with this chickpea tagine. What’s a tagine, you ask? It’s a slow-cooked savory stew made with vegetables, spices, and (traditionally) meat. This vegetarian version uses chickpeas for protein and (of course) cinnamon for flavor.

12. Butternut squash noodles with cinnamon and sage

If you haven’t yet jumped on the veggie noodle train, now’s the time. Here, spiralized butternut squash gets special treatment with butter, cinnamon, and fresh sage. May we suggest some freshly grated Parm on top?

13. Cinnamon-spiced pulled pork sliders

Repeat after us: The slow cooker is my friend. Dump a cinnamon-spiced pork shoulder in the belly of the beast before work and you’ll return to a feast just waiting for you to shred it and spread it on slider buns.

The amazing smell emanating from your place may have your neighbors inviting themselves over.

14. Pasta with Greek cinnamon-tomato sauce

Cinnamon’s aromatic depth has the ability to counterbalance acidity — which is exactly what it does to the tomatoes in this Greek-style pasta.

If fresh tomatoes aren’t in season, never fear. The canned variety is typically harvested at the peak of freshness, so you don’t have to miss out on flavor.

15. Almond chicken salad with creamy honey-cinnamon dressing

You’ve heard of curried chicken salad — why not try it cinnamoned instead? For those nights when you need a grab-and-go dinner, haul out some leftover chicken and whip up this protein-packed salad. Stuff the finished product into a wrap and hit the road.