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7 Easy Tricks For Make-Ahead Meals

Including lunchbox ideas, travel snacks, and a guide to stocking your pantry.

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1. Make sure your pantry is stocked with nonperishable essentials.

A stocked pantry makes everyday cooking — or weekly cooking, if you're doing it in bulk — so much easier. Find tips on what to stock in your pantry and how to store them here.

2. Prep a bunch of slow-cooker "dump dinners" that you can freeze, so that you're never without dinner on a busy day.

Everything goes into a sealed plastic bag in the freezer, then all you need to do is thaw the bag in the fridge the night before you cook and dump it all in the slow cooker the next morning. Learn more here.