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    Here Are 7 Easy Fall Dinners To Make This Week

    This is what you should do with your extra hour this weekend.

    1. Slow Cooker Beef Roast

    The slow cooker is the OG of make-ahead dinner. BTW, you can sub in an equal amount of carrots for the baby carrots, if you want.

    MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Make the whole thing before work, duh! You can also chop the onion and celery up to 2 days in advance. Get the recipe here.

    2. Mushroom Quesadillas with Chipotle Crema

    MAKE-AHEAD TIP: You can cook the mushrooms up to a day in advance. Get the recipe here.

    3. Turkey Meatball and Spinach Soup

    MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Chop all the vegetables up to 2 days in advance. You can also assemble the meatballs all the way until you are about to cook them up to 12 hours in advance. Get the recipe here.

    4. Spicy Chicken Chili with Pumpkin Beer Biscuits

    Make this your post-work Friday meal, when you can pop open a beer and cook more leisurely.

    MAKE-AHEAD TIP: The biscuits can be made all the way through until just before baking. Freeze them up to 1 week in advance, then proceed with the recipe as written. (You might need to bake them a bit longer.) Get the recipe here.

    5. Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Cranberry Couscous

    MAKE-AHEAD TIP: You can roast the butternut squash, cook the couscous, and make the vinaigrette up to 2 days in advance. Get the recipe here.

    6. One Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils

    Warm, filling, and satisfying. Just what the doctor ordered.

    MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Chop the onion, carrots, and celery up to 2 days in advance to make cooking quicker at dinnertime. Get the recipe here.

    7. Apple-Glazed Salmon with Kale Quinoa

    MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Make the quinoa salad up to 1 day in advance. If you don't want the onion flavor to be too strong, stir in the scallions just before serving. Get the recipe here.