21 Make-Ahead Meals to Last All Week

Make once, for meals all week!

Carving out some time to whip up one simple, scrumptious recipe isn’t enough to give you meals all week. You can’t go wrong by prepping large, freezer-friendly dishes. Dinner becomes an afterthought when you remember that mouthwatering veggie casserole waiting for you in the fridge, or that leftover savory stew you popped in the freezer a few days ago.

If you’re keeping a close eye on your budget or have no time to squeeze any cooking into your schedule, these make-ahead meals will remove added stress and have you covered throughout the week. With their easy prep and affordability, these dishes bump any amateur in the kitchen up to smart-chef status.

1. Indian Style Meatball Curry
Indian Style Meatball Curry

Make this recipe ahead by preparing the meatballs and freezing for later. Thaw the meatballs in the fridge before adding to the skillet and cooking with the other ingredients. This spicy recipe is a must try.

2. Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers 

Bursting with feel-good ingredients and topped with cheesy goodness, these Philly peppers will have your dinner guests going wild. Make this meal ahead by assemblying the recipe, place filled peppers in a casserole dish, cover with a lid or foil, and refrigerate. The next evening, cook the peppers as directed.

3. Baked Sweet Potato with Crispy Kale & Feta
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Kale and Feta
Who would’ve thought a green vegetable could star in scrumptious meal? Kale boosts this dish’s nutritional value and is oh-so-savory in the spotlight. Bake several sweet potatoes over the weekend and complete this recipe for dinner.

4. Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs
Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs Recipe
This make-ahead meal is easier than you might think. Combine ingredients, shape into meatballs, and freeze for later. You now have a tasty Asian inspired entrée the entire family will love again and again.

5. Grilled Turkey Veggie Burgers
Turkey Veggie Burger

Your favorite summer recipe just got a make-over. Combine two specific veggies with ground turkey, and family & friends will enjoy a super juicy burger that tastes like it was meant for summer grilling.

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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