40+ Make Ahead Meals!

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!

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Baked Garlic and Fontina Spaghetti

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Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

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Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella

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BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

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Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili

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Brazilian Feijoada {Slow Cooked Pork and Black Bean Stew}

Easy, cheesy baked ziti that is the perfect make-ahead meal (and can be frozen!).

Cheesy Baked Ziti {Make-Ahead/Freezer Meal}

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Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Cheesy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

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Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chicken Shepherd's Pie with Kale Mash

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie with Garlic-Kale Mash

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Chili Verde {Mexican Stewed Pork}

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Classic Baked Ziti

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Classic Italian Lasagna

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Coconut Curry Soup

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Country-Style Pork and White Beans {Slow Cooker}

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy White Chicken Chili {Stovetop or Slow Cooker}

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Crunchy-Topped Swiss Chicken Bake

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Cuban Street Tacos

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Delicious Greek Pastitsio {Casserole-Style}

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Freezer Beef and Bean Burritos

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Grilled Island Chicken

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Hearty Beef Stew {Slow Cooker}

Homemade Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Homemade Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

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Italian Lasagna Rolls

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Kalua Pork

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Kansas City Sue’s Chicken {Slow Cooker}

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Mediterranean Pork with Couscous {Slow Cooker}

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Mexican Lasagna

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Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce

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Pineapple Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Quick and Easy Cheesy Black Bean Quinoa Bake

Quick and Easy Cheesy Black Bean Quinoa Bake

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San Francisco Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

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Slow Cooker Italian Beef

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Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pot Roast

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Smothered Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

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Split Pea Soup with Barley and Ham {Slow Cooker}

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Super Bean Burritos

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Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken

Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork {Slow Cooker + Instant Pot}

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Tender Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Onions

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Thai-Style Fish and Creamy Couscous Packets {Make-Ahead Meal}

baked manicotti on white plate

The Best Baked Cheese Manicotti

BBQ pork sandwich on bun on white plate

The Best BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches {Instant Pot or Slow Cooker}

The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Two of the best red sauce chicken enchiladas on white plate.

The Best Red Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

Bowl of slow cooker beef stroganoff over spaetzle.

Ultimate Beef Stroganoff {Slow Cooker or Instant Pot}