10 Make-Ahead Weeknight Dinners (Plus Dessert!)

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.

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

Chicken Cacciatore
Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili
Light Chicken Enchiladas (above, from Food Network Magazine)

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

Low Country Shrimp Chowder
Lentil Soup with Kale and Sausage
Rustic Fall Vegetable Soup

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

Quinoa with Black Beans and Hominy
Wheat Berry Burgers

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

Meat and Mushroom Lasagna
Beef and Roasted Vegetable Stew

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

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
Coconut Brown Rice Pudding

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 »