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The Best Make Ahead Meals for Busy Weeknights

twice baked buffalo chicken sweet potatoes by the creative bite

Photo: Danielle/The Creative Bite

Weeknight dinners can be rough. After arriving home from a long day of work- everyone at home seems to be hungry. Between carpools, after-school activities, and sports games, there never seems to be enough time to get dinner on the table fast enough for those hungry mouths. Instead, try making some great dinners ahead of the time and relieve some of the stress! Here are some of our favorite make ahead meals for busy weeknights!

Maple Pulled Pork Enchiladas with Butternut Squash

A fall themed make ahead meal, Denise from Sweet Peas & Saffron hits the nail on the head with her seasonal enchiladas. Her recipe takes under an hour to make and will keep you full! Try out this mouthwatering recipe.

Freezer Smoothie Packs

Smoothies are a great snack or quick dinner, but sometimes getting together all the ingredients just takes too much time. Amber from Dessert Now, Dinner Later shares her secret for freezer smoothie packs so you can make a smoothie in a snap! Perfectly portioned and customizable, freezer smoothie packs are a great addition to your meal prep list!

Bacon Turkey Burgers

Lisa from Dinnertime Dish shares healthy, affordable, delicious, and family approved dishes. Her turkey burgers are a crowd pleaser and freeze well! These burgers are great to have on hand to whip up a quick dinner before hanger takes over. They even sneak in some vegetables!

spicy smokey sweet chili by iowa girl eats

Photo: Kristin/Iowa Girl Eats

Signature Spicy, Smoky, Sweet Chili

Gluten-free and make ahead meals are Kristin’s forte from Iowa Girl Eats. She loves to share easy, healthy, and freezable meals that make cooking less time stressful. Her amazing chili recipe not only freezes well, but can be make in the crock-pot for an easy and flavor packed meal. Add this chili to your meal rotation!

twice baked buffalo chicken sweet potatoes by the creative bite

Photo: Danielle/The Creative Bite

Twice-Baked Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

Being lazy during the week and avoiding cooking at all costs is something Danielle from The Creative Bite totally gets. To solve the weeknight-cooking slump, she created these delicious, protein packed, twice-baked sweet potatoes that store beautifully. No need for take-out Buffalo wings if you make these ahead of time!

skinny baked broccoli macaroni and cheese

Photo: Georgia/The Comfort of Cooking

Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Love mac n cheese, but mac n cheese doesn’t love you? Georgia from The Comfort of Cooking shares her lightened up version of this beloved dish- and it even has some veggies! Made with whole-wheat pasta, spinach, and broccoli, this is sure to be a dish the whole family will love!

slow cooker chicken fajitas by a clean bake

Photo: Nora/A Clean Bake

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

The crock-pot is your friend for make-ahead meals. Sharing gluten-free, grain free, and refined sugar recipes, Nora from A Clean Bake, has a healthy and delicious recipe to make chicken fajitas in your crockpot. Filled with Mexican flavors, this dish freezes well and allows for an easy no-stress meal. Get that slow cooker out and get this enchilada dish cooking!

 

 

 

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