14 Weight Watchers Make-Ahead Dinners

De-hassle dinner with these make-ahead ideas.

What’s for dinner? Take the stress out of that inevitable question by adding make-ahead dinners to your Weight Watchers menu plan. Cruise our delicious recipes below so you can add one (or more!) of these 14 Weight Watchers make-ahead dinners to the menu this week.

Many of us may remember watching a grandma or great-grandma prep and package meals to place into the freezer. This old-school practice, which was a smart way for our grandparents to enjoy seasonal foods year-round, is still a good practice—even in a time when the global supply chain can place virtually any food in the grocery store at any time. Make-ahead dinners are a savvy way to take advantage of locally-grown produce, which is often cheaper, and enjoy it any time of year. It’s a budget-friendly way to eat that’s also more environmentally responsible.

These Weight Watchers make-ahead dinners have another advantage: they’ll support your goal to lose or maintain weight. The dinner ideas below are filled with good-for-the-body foods that provide lean protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and many other nutrients. From crockpot recipes to freezer meals, you’ll discover plenty of options here that will help you eat deliciously healthy meals that take the hassle out of dinner time.

1. Slow Cooker Carnitas (11 Freestyle SmartPoints)

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Crockpot convenience makes this a natural make-ahead dinner. Enjoy this flavorful blend of pork and spices.

2. Nacho Potato Casserole (7 Freestyle SmartPoints)

Nacho Potato Casserole

Casseroles are good choices when you want to prep a meal ahead of time. This dish is made with ground turkey and your favorite nacho spices.

3. Cheesy Squash Casserole (10 Freestyle SmartPoints)

Cheesy Squash Casserole Recipe

This healthy casserole is a yummy vegetarian dish, but it’s also an ideal side for your favorite entrées.

4. Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich (7 Freestyle SmartPoints)

Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich

Make this meal ahead of time, and then simply heat the sandwiches at dinner. This recipe makes delicious leftovers for lunch too.

5. Tex Mex Meaty Mac n’ Cheese Casserole (4 Freestyle SmartPoints)

Tex Mex Meaty Mac 'n Cheese Casserole Recipe

From cilantro to salsa to low-fat cheese, this dish brings a twist to the family favorite mac-and-cheese recipe.

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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