10 Make-Ahead Weeknight Dinners (Plus Dessert!)

ENCHILADAS_149.tif

ENCHILADAS_149.tif

Food Stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Paige Hicks

Photo by: Andrew Purcell

Andrew Purcell

Too busy to cook during the week? Instead of relying on take-out, prep one of these recipes ahead of time and you'll have a healthy dinner at the ready when you come home.

Chicken

Always a crowd-pleaser, this lean protein lends itself to a wide array of make-ahead meals.

Soup

Warm and filling for a chilly weeknight. Make soup in large batches and freeze.

Whole Grains

Whole grains can make a hearty meal. The extra fiber makes them super-satisfying.

Beef

Red meat can be part of healthy diet in these sensible versions of lasagna and stew.

Dessert

Save room for dessert! These sweet treats will keep well when made a few days in advance.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

Keep Reading

Next Up

Kitchen Squad: Make-Ahead Dinners

The experts from Food Network and Food52 developed these make-ahead dinners for busy families.

Giada's Tips for Make-Ahead Holiday Meals, Plus 7 Easy Recipes

Hear from Giada as she dishes on the best bets for make-ahead holiday meals.

How to Make Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner Ahead

Food Network Kitchen tested, tweaked and retested to come up with a full Thanksgiving menu that freezes perfectly, down to the whipped cream topping for apple pie.

Chefs’ Picks: Weeknight Dinners

Make weeknight mealtimes a little more zen with these pro tips.

Quick Weeknight Desserts

A few nights a week you want a sweet treat but don’t want the calories or time commitment to get out of control. We’ve got 5 dessert recipes that are just what you’re looking for.

Make-Ahead Easter Brunch Menu

Food Network's Alton Brown, Paula Deen and Giada De Laurentiis share make-ahead recipes for Easter brunch to help you pull off a stress-free holiday.