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

baked pasta with chicken sausage on a white plate

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

white dish with baked penne, sun dried tomatoes, and broccoli

Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella

white bowl filled with salad, bbq chicken, corn, and slices of red onions

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

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}

panko crusted cooked chicken breast next to a green salad on a white plate

Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

broccoli and rice casserole in a white dish

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Cheesy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

white plate with a serving of chicken cordon bleu casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

a white plate with chicken in a bread pillow, covered with a white sauce, and next to a green salad

Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chicken Shepherd's Pie with Kale Mash

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie with Garlic-Kale Mash

white bowl with shredded mexican pork, on a white platter surrounded by taco toppings

Chili Verde {Mexican Stewed Pork}

white plate with baked ziti and melted cheese

Classic Baked Ziti

A big piece of meaty, saucy, cheesy lasagna sitting on a white plate with a breadstick laying next to it.

Classic Italian Lasagna

white bowl with chicken curry soup over a bed of white rice

Coconut Curry Soup

pork and white bean stew mixture next to cooked white rice in a white bowl

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

soft shell tacos filled with pork and toppings all on a white plate

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

white plate with grilled chicken breasts

Grilled Island Chicken

white bowl full of beef and vegetable stew

Hearty Beef Stew {Slow Cooker}

Homemade Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Homemade Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Italian Lasagna Rolls

shredded pork on a white plate

Kalua Pork

shredded chicken on a bed of white rice

Kansas City Sue’s Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Crockpot Mediterranean Pork

Mediterranean Pork with Couscous {Slow Cooker}

white plate with a piece of mexican lasagna layered with noodles, corn, black beans, and cheese

Mexican Lasagna

Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce

Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce

small white ramekin with shredded chicken and black beans on a plate surrounded with toppings

Pineapple Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Quick and Easy Cheesy Black Bean Quinoa Bake

Quick and Easy Cheesy Black Bean Quinoa Bake

a white plate with brown rice, shredded pork on top of the rice, and green peas next to the rice

San Francisco Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

beef sandwich on a white plate

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks

white platter with shredded sweet and spicy pot roast

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pot Roast

a white platter with smothered saucy cooked pork chops

Smothered Pork Chops {Slow Cooker}

white bowl with thick split pea and ham soup

Split Pea Soup with Barley and Ham {Slow Cooker}

cut open bean burrito with sour cream and salsa on a white plate

Super Bean Burritos

white rectangular platter with shredded chicken and diced tomatoes

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken

Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork {Slow Cooker + Instant Pot}

cooked bone-in pork chop on top of mashed potatoes

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}

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}

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