Meal Planning 101 – Dinner Inspiration

Part three of our meal planning 101 series – dinner inspiration! A round-up of our favorite dinner recipes – the ones we make time and time again!

A notebook and computer on a table, and then two salads on a table.

To bring this week of meal planning fun to a close, I thought it would be helpful to round up some recipe ideas to get you started.

You know, motivate you even more to go forth and be an awesome meal planner!

So. I’ve gathered a few recipes from this site as well as from some of my favorite blogs.

What you see today is a collection of recipes that I actually make on a consistent basis for dinner. The ones that end up on our meal plan over and over. And over.

Let’s dig in!

Two photos of mexican inspired dinner recipes.

Mexican-Inspired Dishes

Vegetable Enchilada Casserole with Salsa Verde
Cheesy enchiladas without all the rolling!

Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup
Smoky, satisfying, delicious.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake – Cooking for Keeps
So simple – and plenty of cheese!

Skinny Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken – The Comfort of Cooking
An awesome, healthy crockpot meal. And you can change up how you serve it!

Roasted Veg Tacos with Avocado Cream and Feta – Naturally Ella
Avocado cream, enough said.

A photo of two Asian-inspired dinner recipes.

Asian-Inspired Dishes

Citrusy Quinoa Cashew Chicken and Broccoli
Bursting with orange and ginger! And quinoa!

Pineapple Pork Fried Rice
Sweet and salty goodness with the pineapple and pork.

Rainbow Peanut Noodles – Gimme Some Oven
Pretty, simple and there’s peanut sauce involved!

Pineapple Cashew Fried Rice – How Sweet It Is
So good. And a great way to use any extra veggies in the fridge!

Two photos of salad and sandwich dinner recipes.

Sandwiches and Salads

Greek Pita Pockets with Hummus
Super super fast. Perfect for weeknights.

BLT Cornbread Panzanella
Cornbread croutons and balsamic glaze = amazing.

Classic Lentil Burgers – Making Thyme for Health
These freeze so well! I’ve been making batches to freeze and thaw for a weeknight meal.

Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Salad – Annie’s Eats
A spoon salad packed with all kinds of goodness.

Lemon Parsley Bean Salad – Cookie + Kate
Can you tell I like bean salads? Be sure to make the hummus and pita chips too!

A photo of a sliced up flatbread and then a photo of a bowl of soup.

Random Recipes

Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Farro
Yay for chili season! And crockpot for the win!

Chard and Lentil Vegetable Soup
Healthy and light yet filling too!

Roasted Sweet Potato and Brown Butter Flatbreads
Brown butter. Duh.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Pizza
Still one of my favorite pizzas. There’s a sauce made of black beans!

Red Beans and Rice – A Couple Cooks
Budget friendly and so so good.

Spicy Black Bean Meatballs – Oh My Veggies
A fun twist on meatballs! And so many different ways to serve these!


And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this series on meal planning!

Any burning questions I haven’t answered? Hit me!

Have a happy happy weekend friends!