No time to meal plan? I’ve got you! Here’s how to organize a month’s worth of dinner in 20 minutes, 20 easy recipes, and a free meal planning printable to get you started!

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As a time-saving habits expert, I know the benefit of meal planning — see exhibit A, last minute dinner ideas, exhibit B, this summer capsule meal plan and exhibit C, this fall meal capsule meal plan.

But, if you don’t have the time, energy, or attention to meal plan, I get it. Allow me to offer an alternative: My capsule meal mapping method, which allows you to organize a month of meals in a matter of minutes, no complicated planning required.

Capsule meal mapping is simple: simply select a meal type for each night of the week (hello Taco Tuesday!), and then slot in variations of that meal type each week. By keeping the meal type consistent week to week, you reduce decision fatigue, maintain variety, and feel oh-so organized.

To get you started, I’ve created a printable organizer for you to print and save, so you can plan and organize an entire month’s worth of meals in no time! Then fill in your organizer with these easy and delicious recipes, below, and you’ll be good to go.

Dinner Recipes Organized by Meal Type

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Hearty One-Pan

Taco Tuesday

Pasta Pronto

Comforting One-Pot

Skillet Sensation

Hearty One-Pan

An overhead shot of a white rectangular baking dish filled baked stuffed pasta shells topped with marinara sauce and melted shredded cheese. A silver serving spoon is scooping a shell out of the bottom left corner of the dish.
5 stars (32 ratings)

Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef

This hearty and easy stuffed shells with ground beef recipe is the perfect make ahead meal that the whole family will love!
Ingredients: jumbo pasta shells, ground beef, garlic, onion, salt, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, egg, spinach, Italian cheese blend, parmesan cheese
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An overhead shot of a rectangular baking dish with a cooked vegetarian enchilada casserole. There are lime slices, sprigs of cilantro, and small bowls with jalapeños and cilantro around them.
5 stars (8 ratings)

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Vegetarian enchilada casserole is a hearty and flavorful dish that's perfect for a weeknight dinner or for feeding a crowd.
Ingredients: olive oil, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, salt, garlic powder, spinach, corn, green chilis, cream cheese, black beans, Mexican cheese blend, red enchilada sauce, tortillas
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An overhead shot of a slow cooker with lasagna. The slow cooker is surrounded by a tea towel and fresh herbs, a tea towel, and a small bowl with grated parmesan cheese.
5 stars (5 ratings)

Effortless Crock Pot Lasagna

The absolute easiest crock pot lasagna recipe you’ll find anywhere. There’s no need to chop a thing, nor pre-boil any noodles, but you’ll still end up with a bubbly, cheesy, craveable one-pot meal that will satisfy a hungry crowd.
Ingredients: olive oil, lean ground beef, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, lasagna noodles, low fat cottage cheese, Italian cheese blend.
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Overhead shot of a baking pan filled with chicken enchiladas with fresh avocado slices and jalapenos on top.
5 stars (6 ratings)

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

This easy chicken enchilada recipe is simple to prepare and yields super flavorful, delicious results every time!
Ingredients: shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, corn tortillas, and shredded Mexican cheese blend.
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Taco Tuesday

Overhead image of taco casserole topped with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and sour cream surrounded by containers with sour cream, tomatoes, Fritos, and shredded lettuce.
5 stars (8 ratings)

30-Minute Walking Taco Casserole (One-Pan!)

If you’re a fan of walking tacos, you will love this easier version of walking taco casserole that can be made ahead. Filled with slightly spiced beef and creamy cheese, and topped with crunchy Fritos, this is the perfect 30-minute dish for a weeknight dinner or even to feed a crowd.
Ingredients: olive oil, onion, ground beef, salt, garlic powder, mild chili powder, smoked paprika, black beans, tomato sauce, cream cheese (or dairy free cream cheese), Mexican cheese blend (or dairy free cheese), corn chips.
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wooden spoon with ground beef and a black slow cooker
5 stars (15 ratings)

Crock Pot Taco Meat

Crock pot taco meat is an easy dump-and-go recipe made with just a few simple ingredients, perfect for busy weeknights or for feeding a party crowd.
Ingredients: ground beef, salsa, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, mild chili powder, and salt.
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Close up photo of a shredded chicken taco on a small flour tortilla topped with avocado chunks, shredded lettuce, and salsa.
5 stars (8 ratings)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Friends, these are the best slow cooker chicken tacos ever! I know there are a lot of slow cooker chicken taco recipes out there, but my recipe is simple, uses only 6 ingredients, and tastes incredibly fresh. The ultimate time-saving recipe, it's a dump-and-go recipe you'll turn to week in and week out.
Ingredients: garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, chicken, salsa.
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Overhead shot of fish tacos with slaw, jalepenos, avocado, and cilantro.
5 stars (8 ratings)

Easy Fish Tacos with Honey-Lime Cabbage Slaw

Easy dinner ideas are my specialty—and this homemade honey-lime cabbage slaw for fish tacos delivers. Simple purple cabbage slaw elevates these fish tacos with slaw from an everyday dinner to a super-fast, flavor-packed dinner that’s ready in just 25 minutes! The slaw is a great topping idea for fish tacos and serves double duty as a veggie side dish too, if that’s what you prefer. 
Ingredients: white fish (like rockfish, cod or tilapia), purple cabbage, lime juice, avocado, green onions, mayonnaise (or plain yogurt), honey, olive oil, cumin, mild chili powder, garlic powder, ground black pepper and salt.
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Pasta Pronto

Close up shot of a pan filled with cooked pasta shells, ground turkey, and marinara on the gray background with a wooden spoon.
4.95 stars (17 ratings)

Ground Turkey Pasta

This quick and easy ground turkey pasta comes together quickly in under 30 minutes, and is an easy dinner idea you’ll want to make on repeat!
Ingredients: pasta shells, olive oil, salt, onion, zucchini, carrot, ground turkey, garlic, Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, cream cheese.
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shot of a plate with corkscrew pasta garnished with parsley, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. The plate sits on a blue and white striped kitchen towel and has lemon halves and parsley leaves around it.
5 stars (3 ratings)

Tahini Pasta

This quick and easy vegan tahini pasta sauce comes together in under 30 minutes, creating a satisfying, healthy, and comforting dairy-free sauce that’s perfect for pasta and more!
Ingredients: pasta, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper, nutritional yeast
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Overhead shot of a white oval dish with cooked spaghetti, cubed, ham, peas, and parmesan cheese. The dish is surrounded by a striped kitchen towel, a block of cheese, a plate with parsley, and a small wooden bowl with red pepper flakes.
5 stars (9 ratings)

Pasta with Ham and Peas

Ham and pea pasta is the perfect dish for when you want something quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. Not only is it bursting with flavor, but it comes together in 20 minutes using pantry and fridge staples making it a go-to recipe for busy weeknights.
Ingredients: pasta, olive oil, ham, garlic, lemon, salt, creme fraiche, parmesan cheese, peas
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Overhead shot of cooked spaghetti with a green sauce topped with peas, basil leaves, and shredded parmesan cheese. A fork with spaghetti twisted around it lays on the edge of the white enamel pot.
5 stars (2 ratings)

Green Pea Pasta

If you're looking for a unique twist on traditional pasta dishes, this easy green pea pasta sauce recipe is it! It's a flavorful and creamy vegetarian sauce that's perfect for any pasta shape, from spaghetti to farfalle.
Ingredients: green peas, basil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper, cream cheese, parmesan, pasta.
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Comforting One-Pot

white bowl of crockpot white chicken chili with jalapenos and tortilla chips on top
5 stars (109 ratings)

Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Crockpot white chicken chili is an easy prep, dump and go recipe, made with healthy ingredients and deliciously creamy without any dairy. Also includes Instant Pot and Stovetop instructions!
Ingredients: chicken breast, stock, white beans, mild green chilis, salsa verde, onion, garlic powder, cumin, cream cheese (traditional or dairy-free).
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closeup of a white bowl filled with soup on a blue background with blue striped napkin
4.91 stars (32 ratings)

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Simple and hearty, slow cooker hamburger soup is loaded with vegetables and ground beef, and can be simmered all day in the slow cooker or made in 35 minutes on the stovetop.
Ingredients: lean ground beef, onion, carrots, celery, tomato paste, chicken stock (or beef stock), olive oil, potatoes, red & yellow bell peppers, red wine vinegar, water, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt.
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Ladle scooping some crockpot tortilla soup topped with fresh herbs, out of a black slow cooker.
5 stars (29 ratings)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This easy slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is simple to make with basic ingredients and is a quick-prep dump-and-go slow cooker recipe you'll love!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), chicken stock, corn tortillas, avocado oil, onion, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis, garlic powder, mild chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, lime juice and salt.
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close up of a white bowl with soup and crumbled chips on top with a blue napkin
5 stars (6 ratings)

Slow Cooker Taco Soup (Easy Prep!)

This easy, low effort recipe for slow cooker taco soup is made with cooked and crumbled ground beef. It’s hearty, filling and flavorful! Using canned black beans and pinto beans, plus frozen corn (or fresh corn if you have it) means this recipe requires minimal prep time. It's a terrific weeknight meal. Top it with fresh cilantro, crunchy tortilla chips, and shredded cheese before serving! 
Ingredients: ground beef, black beans, pinto beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, diced green chilis, corn, chicken stock, lime juice, onion, olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, mild chili powder, smoked paprika and salt.
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Skillet Sensation

close up of chicken skillet with fresh herbs on top
5 stars (25 ratings)

Easy Italian Chicken Zucchini Skillet

This Easy Italian Chicken Zucchini Skillet combines chicken, zucchini, tomatoes and classic Italian flavors for an easy, one-pot dinner you can make any night of the week. I love that it's naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 friendly and ready in under 30 minutes!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), zucchini, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, butter (optional: traditional or dairy-free), fresh basil, red pepper flakes, garlic, Italian seasoning, olive oil and salt.
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top down view of a turkey taco skillet in a blue pan on a blue background
5 stars (3 ratings)

Turkey Taco Skillet

Solve weeknight dinner tonight with this quick turkey taco skillet! Made with simple pantry ingredients like ground turkey, it’s a lighter meal on its own or can be used as a delicious taco or burrito filling or delectable nacho topping.
Ingredients: ground turkey, onion, garlic powder, cumin, canned black beans, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, frozen corn, olive oil and salt.
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Overhead shot of a skillet with cooked chicken and apples in a pan sauce.
5 stars (10 ratings)

Chicken Apple Skillet

A handful of simple ingredients combine in this delicious one-pan chicken and apple recipe, made up of crisp apples, tender chicken, and a super simple, creamy sweet-and-savory sauce. The ultimate easy comfort meal that’s the perfect use for apples!
Ingredients: olive oil, butter, apple, onion, salt, chicken breas, black pepper, garlic powder, chicken stock, brown sugar, cream, apple cider vinegar.
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Tortilla strips, chicken, black beans and vegetables topped with cheese, avocado, and sour cream in a skillet.
5 stars (6 ratings)

Chicken Enchilada Skillet

This quick chicken enchilada skillet comes together simply with just a handful of ingredients and is sure to be a new family favorite!
Ingredients: shredded chicken, olive oil, onion, bell pepper, red enchilada sauce, black beans, tortillas, cheese, chicken broth.
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Tortilla strips, chicken, black beans and vegetables topped with cheese, avocado, and sour cream in a skillet.
5 stars (1 rating)

Easiest Chicken Enchilada Skillet + A One Month Meal Plan

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups shredded chicken, from Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken, Slow Cooker Whole Chicken, or store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups red enchilada sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • ¼ to ½ cup chicken broth

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Heat a large 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, bell pepper, and salt, stirring to combine. Cook until the onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Overhead shot of cooked onion and bell pepper in a skillet.
  • Turn the heat to medium low, then add the chicken, black beans, enchilada sauce, tortilla pieces, ½ cup cheese, and ¼ cup chicken stock, stirring until well combined.
    Black beans, shredded chicken, cheese, and enchilada sauce in a skillet.
  • Cook on low for 3-5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the tortillas have softened. If the pan starts to dry out too quickly, add an additional ¼ cup chicken broth.
    Tortilla strips, chicken, black beans and vegetables in a skillet.
  • Turn off the heat, then sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of cheese. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes for the cheese to melt.
    Tortilla strips, chicken, black beans and vegetables topped with cheese in a skillet.
  • Serve with toppings of your choice.
    Tortilla strips, chicken, black beans and vegetables topped with cheese in a skillet.

Notes

See blog post for tips, ingredient substitutions, and more.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 (of 6), Calories: 258kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 716mg, Potassium: 240mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1150IU, Vitamin C: 27mg, Calcium: 250mg, Iron: 1mg
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