Make-Ahead Meals: Comfort Food Classics

These four dishes keep and stretch well, and they’re always good for round two with a little reheating.

October 30, 2015
make ahead meals

If you’re a nine-to-fiver, making dinner is probably the last thing you want to worry about when you get home, especially if you’ve got a long commute, yoga class after work, and kids to pick up from soccer practice. But that’s exactly why you need nutritious, filling meals to keep you going.

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Instead of resorting to TV dinners, make these meals ahead of time, freeze or refrigerate, and then heat them up in a pinch. With a little creativity, you can even make them stretch for a second night.

veggie chili
Vegetarian Chili

Chili keeps well in the refrigerator, and you can eat it plain or over rice to stretch it out on night two. We love making this recipe in the slow cooker because the house smells so good when we get home in the evening!

potato cauliflower casserole
Potato Cauliflower Casserole

This recipe might take a bit of time to assemble, but you can keep it frozen until you’re ready to cook it. The night before you want to eat it, let it thaw in the refrigerator, and then slide it in the oven as soon as you walk in the door. While it’s baking, you can always whip up a side salad, too.

BBQ Beef Brisket + Beans

Brisket is an obvious go-to for slow-cooker lovers. The recipe has the right amount of sauce, so it’s always tender and juicy. If you’ve got leftover beef, put it on a roll the next time with your favorite cheese, and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes for a savory sandwich on night two.

Salmon Chowder
Salmon Chowder

We love coming home to this warm, comforting stew. Use this recipe to throw it together over the weekend, so all you’ll have to do is heat it up at the end of your busy day. It’s the perfect pairing for those crusty, organic rolls at the farmers’ market.