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8 delicious make-ahead meals

Take the stress out of busy weeknights with these easy make-ahead dinners.

By Today's Parent
8 delicious make-ahead meals

Photo: Maya Visnyei

delicious make-ahead meals

Baked Ham and Cheese Frittata

Ever versatile, the frittata can be eaten cold, at room temperature and at any time of the day. Stick a slice in the lunchbox. Get the recipe: Baked Ham and Cheese Frittata

frying pan with baked frittata in it

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Dried mushrooms are a simple way to add tons of flavour to this yummy stew. Find them in the produce section alongside the fresh ones. Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

bowl of hearty beef stew with potatoes, carrots and peas


Corn Chowder with Chicken and Bacon

This soup is quick enough to throw together on a weeknight or keeps well enough to qualify as a go-to make-ahead meal. Get the recipe: Corn Chowder with Chicken and Bacon

bowl filled with corn chowder with bacon and chicken

Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

Minimum prep for maximum payoff: A warm, hearty bowl of chili to slurp. Get the recipe: Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

enamel bowl filled with chunky veggie chili

Tuna Puttanesca

This easy puttanesca tastes even better the next day, as the sauce soaks up the brininess of the olives and capers. Get the recipe: Tuna Puttanesca

plate of pasta with tuna, basil, capers and tomatoes


Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

Meatballs and the freezer are good friends. Whip up a batch or two on the weekend and enjoy them throughout the week in a Thermos, on some rice or alongside steamed veggies. The world is your oyster. Get the recipe: Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

thermos filled with meatballs and veggies

Chana Masala

Get to know chickpeas. They’re a hearty little legume packed with protein and taste great coated in this not-too-spicy sauce. Pass the naan, please. Get the recipe: Chana Masala

plate of chickpea chana masala with naan

Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone

Keep soup on hand for a quick and easy dinner or lunch. This minestrone is filling and flavourful with big chunks of Italian sausage and chopped veg throughout. Get the recipe: Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone

pot of minestrone with quinoa, kale, sausage and veggiesPhoto: Maya Visnyei

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