Make ahead meals make busy weeknight dinner a breeze! Here are 29 healthy make ahead meals that your family will love!
Healthy Made Ahead Meals Make Weeknight Dinner a Breeze!
Here are 29 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!
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!
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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!
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Breakfast for dinner is a favorite in our house! This make ahead breakfast casserole is easy to prep and low carb.
Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole
- 8 Eggs beaten
- 1 carton fresh spinach
- 4 slices Bacon
- 4 large Sliced Mushrooms Or Veggie Of Your Choice
- 2 tablespoon Feta Cheese (Omit For Whole30 Or Paleo)
- 1 teaspoon sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Pepper
- Preheat Oven To 375 Degrees.Cook Bacon On Stovetop Until Desired Doneness. Save 2 TB Bacon Grease. Set Bacon Aside On Paper Towels To Absorb Grease And To Cool.
- Saute Spinach And Sliced Mushrooms In Bacon Grease. Set Aside.
- Chop Bacon Into Small Strips.Combine Eggs With Salt & Pepper.
- Add Veggie/Bacon Mix And Feta To A Prepared 8x8 Baking Dish. Pour Egg Mix Over Veggie/Bacon/Cheese Mix.
- Bake In 375 Degree Oven For 15-20 Minutes Or Until Casserole Is Golden Brown And Bubbly.
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So – make ahead meals are the perfect solution to help your family eat together and stay on budget!
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Casseroles You Can Make and Prep Ahead of Time
Make ahead casseroles are great because they feed a crowd! Many of these can be made ahead and frozen for busy weeknights.
Low Calorie Italian Casserole – Low Calorie Italian Casserole made with zucchini, brown rice and artichokes is an easy, make ahead freezer casserole. A nourishing, healthy dinner that’s filling and bursting with Italian flavorings.
Make Ahead Southwestern Shephard’s Pie – This Make Ahead Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is perfect because it is so versatile. You can tweak it to fit your families taste or dietary restrictions.
Summer Squash Casserole – Cheesy, summer squash! Loads of zucchini in the best lighter fare comfort food dish.
Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells – These stuffed shells are make-ahead and freezer friendly, so make a big batch to enjoy for dinners and lunches!
Tex Mex Beef Enchiladas – The key to a perfect Tex-Mex Beef Enchilada is a combination of multiple factors: A good authentic enchilada gravy, a flavorful ground beef filling, and melty cheese.
Vegetable Lasagna – This Small Batch Gluten-Free Vegetable Lasagna is vegan, top 8 allergy-free, packed with veggies, homemade tomato sauce, and on the table in 30 minutes!
Cowboy Casserole – This easy and cheesy cowboy casserole recipe is the perfect dinner for busy nights. A simple, hearty casserole, it combines ground turkey, veggies, spices, crispy tater tots and lots of cheese. You could also make it with ground beef or ground chicken, too.
King Ranch Casserole – Kick the condensed soup to the side for a better King Ranch Casserole! This famous, Texas-born, stacked enchilada casserole features shredded chicken, corn tortillas, hearty vegetables, cheese, and a creamy Tex-Mex sauce made from scratch.
Make Ahead Chicken Casseroles
Chicken Broccoli & Rice – The best, Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole featuring melty Colby Jack cheese and a crunchy Cornflake topping. The perfect comfort food casserole!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole – A delicious low carb chicken cordon bleu casserole that’s quick and easy. It’s the perfect meal solution for your family on busy evenings.
Spicy Chicken & Sweet Potato Bake – This delicious spicy chicken and sweet potato bake recipe is so good; your whole family will want seconds!
Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu – A delicious low carb chicken cordon bleu casserole that’s quick and easy. It’s the perfect meal solution for your family on busy evenings.
Chicken Broccoli & Rice – Hearty and Delicious, this chicken broccoli and rice bake will satisfy all appetites! Plus it’s perfect for a make-ahead dinner or freezer meal.
Cheesy Chicken Bacon Low Carb Casserole – A low carb, cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe that the whole family will love. Quick and easy with just 7 common ingredients, 5 minutes prep, and options for 2 ways to make it.
White Chicken Chili – You will love this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili recipe. It is so easy to make and includes a regular, Instant Pot and slow cooker version.
Roasted Carrot Soup – Easy and delicious Vegan Roasted Carrot Soup with lentils and Moroccan spices. This velvety, rich and healthy carrot soup has a unique and perfectly balanced flavor!
3 Bean Chili – Three bean chili with pinto, black, and Great Northern beans – the perfect warm-you-up dinner. It’s a one pot meal that’s ready in less than half an hour. Vegan & gluten-free.
Vegan Split Pea Soup – Vegan split pea soup is a hearty, satiating meal in a single pot. It’s filled with carrots, onions, celery, garlic, and barley. (For a gluten-free option, make it with rice instead.)
Taco Soup – This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal. Cooked on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in your Instant Pot…it’s the perfect weeknight meal.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Weeknight Meals
Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce – This Instant Pot spaghetti sauce recipe is simple, delicious, convenient, and much faster than simmering it on the stove for hours!
Crockpot Salsa Bowls – 5 ingredients and so easy to make!
Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak – EASY Crockpot Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours!
Make Ahead Meals Misc!
Chicken Taquitos – Crispy baked chicken taquitos with a chicken and cheese filling. These taquitos are freezer friendly for quick dinners!
Shrimp Stir Fry – a fast and easy Shrimp Stir Fry starring shrimp and fresh vegetables ready to eat in 20 minutes or perfect to stash in the freezer
Lasagna Rollups – easy and delicious, a healthy weeknight Italian dish!
Swedish Meatballs – served with rice or noodles and a crisp green salad in our home, meatballs are an easy weeknight meal to prep ahead of time.
Homemade Frozen Pizza – Learn how to make this simple yet delicious homemade frozen pizza in no time!
Gluten and Dairy Free Meatloaf – Delicious, family-friendly and dairy free meatloaf!
Sundried Tomato Meatloaf– Gourmet Meatloaf with Mozzarella and Sun-dried Tomatoes is also stuffed with Parmesan cheese, onion, fresh basil and uses oatmeal so it’s healthier and gluten-free.