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28 Make Ahead Meals for Easy Weeknight Dinners

August 28, 2018

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There is nothing better than having an easy dinner right?  Weeknights are crazy so when I’m looking to make dinner, I love when I have something I can prep on the weekends and heat up later in the week!

Truth be told, meal prepping can be a pain.  I do not want to spend hours on a weekend in the kitchen!  But I rarely want to spend hours in the kitchen each night.  I also know that our budget can go into derail when we are eating out too much or stopping at the store everyday!

So – make ahead meals are the perfect solution to help your family eat together and stay on budget!

This blog post has 28 quick weeknight dinners – many that are freezer meals to make ahead.  If you’re in the mood to get your weeknight meals ready, get shopping and cooking and you can have dinner for a month!

make ahead meals for fast weeknight dinner ideas

28 Make Ahead Meals for a Simple Weeknight Dinner

Make Ahead Casseroles

Make Ahead Meals for easy weeknight dinners

Chicken Broccoli & Rice
Low Calorie Italian Casserole
Make Ahead Southwestern Shephard’s Pie
Summer Squash Casserole
Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells
Tex Mex Beef Enchiladas
Chicken Broccoli & Rice
Vegetable Lasagna
King Ranch Casserole
Cowboy Casserole
Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Spicy Chicken & Sweet Potato Bake

Freezer Soups

freezing soup for easy weeknight meals to make ahead
Taco Soup
3 Bean Chili
Vegan Split Pea Soup
Roasted Carrot Soup
White Chicken Chili

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Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Weeknight Meals

instant pot freezer meals
Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce
Crockpot Salsa Bowls

Make Ahead Meals Misc!

easy freezer meals to make ahead for weeknight cooking

Chicken Taquitos
Shrimp Stir Fry
Lasagna Rollups
Swedish Meatballs
Homemade Frozen Pizza
Gluten and Dairy Free Meatloaf
Sundried Tomato Meatloaf

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Alright friends what are your favorite meals to make ahead?  Do you have family favorite recipes that are always a hit in your house?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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  • Kelly Anthony

    August 28, 2018 at 11:28 am

    This is a great roundup every momma should have in their back pocket! Thank you for taking the time to put it together, and especially for including a couple of my recipes! 🙂 Love this!!!


      August 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      of course! Thank you for contributing!

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