All Make-Ahead Dinner Recipes

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  • Three baking trays for kids lunch ideas. Each tray has a different type of food on it. The lower tray has popcorn, chips and chocolate covered oranges on it. The tray on the right has vegetables, cheese, crackers and fruit with a dip. The tray on the left has mini pancakes, strawberries and egg bites with maple syrup.
    Need a quick, fun way to feed your kids this summer? Mix it up with grazing trays! We have three setups—one for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for movie night—for healthy, hands-off ways to keep your kids fed this summer!
  • Side view of chickpea salad sandwich on a plate with chips.
    15 min
    Healthy, Vegetarian
    Lunch just got easier. Pop open a can of chickpeas and make this vegetarian take on a chicken salad sandwich. It uses pantry staples and its loaded with fiber and protein. The best part? It’s delicious and it’s ready in about 15 minutes.
  • Overhead view of vegetable fried rice with turmeric with a fried egg on top and a fork in the bowl. A second bowl is to the left.
    30 min
    Healthy, Vegetarian
    This quick and easy dinner is Chinese fried rice with an Indian spin. Make it with ginger, cumin, and turmeric, toss in some kale and tomatoes, then top it with a fried egg and you have dinner served in 30 minutes.
  • Plate with grilled steak foil packet opened up to reveal steak, peppers, onions inside. Avocado slices and sour cream are also in the packet and a flour tortilla is to the right.
    20 min
    Healthy, Low Carb
    For casual family dinners, backyard BBQs, or camping trips, these Easy Steak Fajitas are always a hit. Cook the veggies in foil packet while the seasoned steak grills alongside. Everything can be assembled ahead, and dinner is ready in 10 minutes!
  • Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites made in the instant pot and served on a tray
    35 min
    Healthy, Low Carb
    In addition to looking darn adorable, these Instant Pot bites are super delicious and easy to make in the pressure cooker! Just like Starbucks egg bites, but better. Easy to make ahead, reheat, and even FREEZE!
  • Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry served in a bowl with spinach and rice
    8 hrs, 15 min
    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian
    This Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry a "set it and forget it" meal. Just pile all the ingredients into the slow cooker and come back to a hot meal hours later. Soak your chickpeas overnight to make them extra tender.
  • Homemade flour tortillas on a platter.
    1 hr, 5 min
    Homemade flour tortillas are easy to make in the comfort of your own kitchen. All it takes four simple ingredients (one is water) and about 1 hour – that includes a 30-minute rest time! No special equipment needed.
  • Vegetarian soup with pesto in a white bowl with a gold spoon to the right and a second bowl in partial view in the upper right. Sliced carrots, chopped asparagus, tortillini and peas are in the broth with a dollop of pesto in the center.
    35 min
    Healthy, Vegetarian
    This tasty tortellini soup is loaded with vegetables like asparagus and peas, and is topped with zesty pesto! It comes together in 35 minutes, start to finish. Use what’s on hand whether it's fresh, frozen, or from the pantry.
  • Cheesy, broccoli, bacon loaded baked potato on a white plate with a salad of spinach and tomato behind it on a white plate. The potato is sliced down each side and the top and bottom. Chopped bacon, broccoli, scallions and shredded cheddar cheese are on the potato. A spoonful of sour cream is in the middle of the potato. A fork is to the right of the plate.
    1 hr, 10 min
    Gluten-Free, Healthy
    These LOADED baked potatoes turn a standard side dish into a full-on entrée. Packed with steamed broccoli, bacon, cheddar, sour cream, and chives, they are a meal on their own! They are quick to toss together, have a variety of different flavors and ingredients, and are economical to make in bulk.
  • Close up photo of of crispy chicken thighs with cubed potatoes and greens visible in the dish. Serving fork and spoon are on the upper edge of the skillet. The chicken is sprinkled with herbs and a striped grey linen is behind the skillet.
    1 hr
    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Paleo
    Crispy skillet chicken is cooked in a flavorful lemon broth and served on a bed of Swiss chard, potatoes, and carrots. This bistro-style oven braised chicken with vegetables has everything you love about cozy comfort food.
  • A white bowl of pressure cooker tortilla soup with a spoon and grey patterned linen napkin to the left. The top right corner has a partial view of a second bowl of the same soup.
    50 min
    This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is loaded with shredded chicken, tomatoes, corn, and beans. It's ready so fast in the pressure cooker! Don’t forget to garnish this weeknight soup with avocado, lime, and, of course, tortillas.
  • A close up side view of a glass casserole dish with a wooden spoon scooping out the potato casserole.
    1 hr, 5 min
    Vegetarian
    Cheesy Potato Casserole without the canned cream of anything soup. This recipe relies on simple ingredients in your pantry to make a quick and easy cheese sauce. It sounds fancy, but don’t worry. It’s easy!
  • A golden brown baked reuben casserole is cooling on a rack. A metal spatula is in the lower right hand corner. A matte grey plate has a side salad and black fork in the upper right. A dark teal linen is under the plate.
    1 hr, 15 min
    Reuben casserole is a great way to use up leftover corned beef or to make a quick weeknight meal using pastrami from the deli. It has all the flavor of a Reuben sandwich, but very little hands-on time. Just mix it together, and pop it in the oven!
  • Bowl of easy homemade creamy tortellini soup with sausage, carrots, and spinach
    1 hr, 10 min
    This easy tortellini soup is loaded with Italian sausage, spinach, and cheese-filled pasta. The short ingredient list makes this soup the perfect weeknight dinner. It's light on the cream but rich in flavor, with an added protein boost from puréed cannellini beans.
  • Easy Stuffed Peppers baked in a casserole dish
    1 hr
    Gluten-Free
    These Stuffed Bell Peppers are such a classic. They're made with a mix of ground beef, rice, onions, tomatoes, and spices. No need to pre-cook the filling — just stuff, bake, and serve!
  • 11 Casseroles to Double and Freeze
    Get ahead of the game with these 11 incredible casseroles. They are freezer-friendly, make-head magic meal ideas. Keep one for yourself and give one to someone else.
  • Horizontal view of white plate with slice of small batch lasagna and garnished with chopped parsley. A partial view of the baked lasagna in the glass pan is to the right of the plate. Above the plate to the left is a small bowl of lettuce and a tumbler. A fork is on the left of the plate.
    1 hr, 5 min
    This small-batch weeknight lasagna comfortably serves two and is ready in half the time as a larger batch. Loaf Pan Lasagna is layered with chunky pieces of sausage and rustic-but-quick tomato sauce.
  • Caramelized mojo marinated pork roast with four juicy slices cut from it. A small white bowl of marinade rests next to a larger bowl of red rice.
    3 hrs, 45 min
    Low Carb, Paleo
    Cuban-style roast pork is marinated in a garlicky-citrus mojo sauce to deliver flavorful, succulent meat. Cuban pork is easy to make, and the best part is you can use the leftovers to make Cuban sandwiches. Go ahead—wow your family two nights in a row!

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