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26 Easiest Make Ahead Meals Ever

These easy recipes are perfect for meal planning and freezer cooking.

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Easiest Make Ahead Meals Ever

Make ahead recipes can take your week from frantic to fabulous. All you have to do is prepare one of these make ahead casseroles, breakfast bakes, or side dishes over the weekend. Then pop the finished recipe into the oven during the week, and you have an effortless meal  ready to feed your hungry family!

While most make ahead meals are great, we've gone out of our way to find our easiest make ahead recipes ever for this collection. Meal planning can be a challenge, but it's actually really simple when the recipes are this easy! Your family will love the taste of these easy recipes, and you'll love how quick and simple they are to make.

For even more meal planning hacks, be sure to see our Easy Freezer Cooking Tips. These simple tricks and recipe ideas will have you planning out meals like a pro in no time.

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Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Cereal Bars

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a great breakfast can really get your day started out right. Simply the best way to start your day is with breakfast casserole recipes, they are super delicous and super easy; especially when they they are make ahead breakfast casseroles. Plus, several of these recipes make delicious freezer meals to save you even more time in the morning!

Make Ahead Casseroles

Make-Ahead Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

For those busy weeknights when you just don't have time to whip up a delicious hot meal after work, school or whatever keeps you busy, make ahead casseroles are heaven. Actually when it comes to make ahead recipes in general, casseroles really are the ultimate ideas. Many of these can be used as freezable make ahead recipesand are great for feeding lots of people. 

Make Ahead Sides and Salads

Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

Make ahead side dishes and make ahead salads are a delicious idea for take alongs to parties, potlucks or a holiday gathering. They are easy to prep and universally loved by many. From layered salads and dips to potato dishes and crunchy salads, there are plenty of pleasing ideas in this list.

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Our template features a schedule (plus a shopping list!) so that you can plan out all of your meals for the week. Whether you're using make ahead meals, leftovers, or one of your other favorite recipes, you can easily keep track of your week  here.

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One of my favorite breakfasts is overnight oats! But that baked french toast dish sounds incredible!


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