The collage of 39 Meals to Make in 30-Minutes or Less was such a hit that I decided to further the collage theme and put together my top 42 meals that can be made ahead of time (thanks to my friend, Allyson, for suggesting this!). Many of you are out of the house nearly all day and come home to the dinner hour with no extra time to spend whipping up a meal. And grilled cheese and hot dogs can only be eaten so many days in a row before bad things happen, in my opinion. The meals below should help you with that dinner crunch conundrum. All of these meals can be made ahead in some form or another – some are slow cooker meals, some are meals I have successfully frozen and baked later, some can be assembled the night before or morning of and refrigerated until ready to bake. So peruse to your heart’s content and realize that dinner solutions are right here for the taking!

Best Baked Manicotti

Baked Manicotti

Baked Pasta with Chicken {or Turkey} Sausage

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella

Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches {Slow Cooker}

Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili

Brazilian Feijoada

Brazilian Feijoada {Slow Cooked Pork and Black Bean Stew}

Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu {The Easy Way!}

Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chili Verde {Mexican Stewed Pork}

Chili Verde {Mexican Stewed Pork}

Classic Baked Ziti

Classic Baked Ziti

Classic Italian Lasagna

Classic Italian Lasagna

Coconut Curry Soup

Coconut Curry Soup

Country-Style Pork and White Beans {Slow Cooker}

Country-Style Pork and White Beans {Slow Cooker}

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy White Chili

Creamy White Chili

Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Greek Pastitsio Casserole Style

Delicious Greek Pastitsio {Casserole-Style}

Freezer Beef and Bean Burritos

Freezer Beef and Bean Burritos

Grilled Island Chicken

Grilled Island Chicken

Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew {Slow Cooker}

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - Perfected

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce – Perfected

Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork

Kansas City Sue's Chicken

Kansas City Sue’s Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Crockpot Mediterranean Pork

Mediterranean Pork with Couscous {Slow Cooker}

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce

Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce {and a Brief Personal Update}

Pineapple Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Pineapple Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Red Chile Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

Red Chile Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

San Francisco Chops

San Francisco Chops {Slow Cooker}

Italian Beef

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

chicken stacks

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pot Roast

Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

Split Pea Soup with Barley and Ham

Split Pea Soup with Barley and Ham {Slow Cooker}

Super Bean Burritos

Super Bean Burritos

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin {Slow Cooker}

Tender Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Onions

Tender Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Onions

Slow Cooker Stroganoff

Ultimate Beef Stroganoff {Slow Cooker}

2 Responses to Make-Ahead Meals

  1. Jamie says:

    I feel as if my life has just been transformed!

  2. Debbie says:

    I also feel if my life has been transformed. Cooking overwhelms me and I just can’t seem to get a plan together. Your information is going to save me and my family! Thank you so much

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