Healthy make-ahead meals make busy weeknights a breeze! Here are 25 healthy make-ahead meals that your family will love - many of them are freezer meals you can meal prep ahead of time!
Make-Ahead Recipes for Busy School Nights
There is nothing better than having a home-cooked meal! Make-ahead dinners are great for meal prep on the weekends and then to heat individual portions later in the week!
Grocery budgeting can go over when eating out too much or stopping at the store every day! So, healthy make-ahead meals are the perfect solution to help your family eat together and stay on top of our grocery budget!
Whether it's casseroles or soups, bowls or meats and veggies, all of these healthy make-ahead meals are great because they feed a crowd. Some are also vegetarian!
Many of these can be made ahead of time and frozen for busy weeknight dinners. They are easy to heat up in the microwave and you can adjust quantities to make them for two or for a large family.
Prep and freeze these keto fat bombs for a healthy dessert everyone will love!
Air fryer homemade taquitos made healthy with shredded chicken and tasty ranch Greek yogurt dip!
Paleo crock pot chicken thighs slow-cooked with honey, soy sauce, and garlic are deliciously tender! One of the best healthy make-ahead meals that tastes even better the next day.
Thrown together in less than 5 minutes, this healthy crock pot enchilada soup is a hearty soup recipe with chicken breasts and black beans that tastes so good on a busy weeknight.
A healthy instant pot hamburger helper is a great way to make an easy weeknight meal your family will love!
Crock pot roast with potatoes and carrots is a delicious & flavorful meal your entire family will love!
Crockpot Chicken Santa Fe is an easy slow cooker recipe that is super versatile! Use in tacos, soups, and more for one of the most versatile healthy make-ahead meals!
Meatloaf without breadcrumbs is the perfect healthy recipe your family will love!
The BEST juicy healthy turkey burger recipe you've ever had! Quick to prep and ready to grill in less than 10 minutes!
Slow Cooker Swedish meatballs made at home in the crock pot are better than Ikea!
Low-calorie Italian Casserole made with zucchini, brown rice, and artichokes is one of the most simple healthy make-ahead meals.
This recipe can be customized for your family's taste or dietary restrictions. If you are a vegetarian, just replace the protein with lentils and the chicken stock with vegetable stock.
Late summer usually means loads of summer squash and zucchini. Make this healthy zucchini recipe to use up zucchini from your garden.
Authentic Tex-Mex beef enchiladas featuring ground beef, homemade beef gravy, and a freshly grated cheese blend.
This small batch gluten-free Vegetable Lasagna is vegan, top 8 allergy-free, packed with veggies, and homemade tomato sauce, and on the table in 30 minutes!
This easy and cheesy cowboy casserole recipe is the perfect delicious dinner for busy nights. A fun twist on one of the most kid-friendly healthy make-ahead meals!
The whole family will love the cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe!
The dish makes the perfect meal solution for your family on busy evenings!
Hearty and delicious, this chicken broccoli and rice casserole will satisfy all appetites! This is a perfect casserole for making ahead of time and then baking for dinner.
Whip up a big batch of White Chicken Chili! It’s hearty, warming and comforting.
This velvety, rich, and healthy carrot soup has a unique and perfectly balanced flavor!
It’s an easy one-pot meal that’s ready in less than half an hour. Vegan & gluten-free.
This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal.
This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It’s made with a dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love!
Ready to eat in 20 minutes and perfect to stash in the freezer.
The list above is just a sampling of the best healthy make-ahead meals!
Generally, soups are one of my favorite recipes to make ahead for an entire week of healthy dinners.
Soups are the perfect easy freezer meals to make in batches and freeze for later. A freezer bag works well to store make-ahead freezer meals you cook in batches.
Or, you can make a batch of soup to store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It's great to grab a pre-made meal on a busy day!
Check out the full library of healthy soup recipes and give some of my favorites like southwestern chili and corn chowder a try!
Sometimes it takes a little bit of planning, but the result is worth it. If you're in the mood to get your weeknight meals ready, get shopping and cooking and you can have dinner for a month!
Meal prepping can be a pain. No one wants to spend hours on a weekend in the kitchen making dinner recipes!
Spending just a little bit of time on meal planning and making healthy meal prep recipes is really the best way to achieve healthy eating despite school activities and busy weeknights.
With the simple and easy dinner recipe ideas in this post, you will be able to find the perfect recipe to make the dinner hour less chaotic.
I've also found that I tend to eat better and spend less money when I meal prep healthy meals for the week!
Your future self will thank you for prepping an easy weeknight dinner ahead of time!
Some of my favorite foods to prep for a week include salads, and air fryer chicken tenders I can put on salads or in a quinoa bowl with whole grains, or burrito bowl.
Casseroles like walking taco casserole, delicious lasagnas, or pressure cooker hamburger helper are a few delicious meals you can make ahead of time.
Veggie sides like air fryer sweet potatoes are versatile to use as side dishes, or as a base for a healthy breakfast.
You can even meal prep an easy breakfast like baked oatmeal with protein or overnight oats with protein.
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Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
- Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
- 3 lb beef chuck roast
- 2 cups potatoes baby or fingerling potatoes sliced in half
- 3 large carrots roughly cut into large chunks
- 5 cloves garlic grated
- 1 small shallot sliced
- 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 2 cups beef bone broth
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoon horseradish
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot
- salt and pepper
- Place potatoes, carrots, shallots, and garlic into the slow cooker. Add ½ of the fresh herbs.2 cups potatoes, 3 large carrots, 5 cloves garlic, 1 small shallot, 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, 2 tablespoon fresh thyme
- Season beef roast with salt and pepper and place on top of veggies.3 lb beef chuck roast, salt and pepper
- Mix beef bone broth, red wine vinegar, and dijon mustard and pour over beef and veggies. Rub horseradish into the roast. Add the other half of the fresh herbs to the op. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the beef is tender and falls apart.2 cups beef bone broth, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoon horseradish
- To thicken gravy, heat 1 cup of cooking liquid on stove until bubbling. Add 1 teaspoon arrowroot mixed with 1 teaspoon water to gravy and pour over beef roast.1 teaspoon arrowroot