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

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}

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

Cheesy Baked Ziti {Make-Ahead/Freezer Meal}

Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Cheesy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chicken Shepherd's Pie with Kale Mash

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie with Garlic-Kale Mash

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 White Chicken Chili

Creamy White Chicken Chili {Stovetop or Slow Cooker}

Swiss Chicken Bake

Crunchy-Topped Swiss Chicken Bake

Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Greek Pastitsio Casserole Style

Delicious Greek Pastitsio {Casserole-Style}

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Freezer Beef and Bean Burritos

Freezer Beef and Bean Burritos

Grilled Island Chicken

Grilled Island Chicken

Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew {Slow Cooker}

Italian Lasagna Rolls

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

Pineapple Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Pineapple Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Quick and Easy Cheesy Black Bean Quinoa Bake

Quick and Easy Cheesy Black Bean Quinoa Bake

Red Chile Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

Red Chile Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

San Francisco Chops

San Francisco Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

Italian Beef

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

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

Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork {Slow Cooker + Instant Pot}

Tender Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Onions

Tender Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Onions

Thai-Style Fish and Creamy Couscous Packets

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

The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Ultimate Beef Stroganoff {Slow Cooker}