Make-ahead meals can be a lifesaver.
Cooking up a big batch of something and freezing the leftovers means weeknight meal prep — just reheat and eat — can often be done in minutes. Doubling or tripling recipes means you'll be able to buy in bulk and save a couple bucks. And freezing perishable items means you'll waste less, too.
(*Note that for all hot foods listed below, you'll want to let them cool completely before tossing them in the freezer. Find this and more tips for properly freezing foods here.)
1. Freezable Oatmeal Cups
So simple: Just spoon oatmeal into a muffin tin, then sprinkle on your favorite toppings — like berries, nuts, or granola. Get the recipe.
3. Lighter Breakfast Sandwiches
4. Blueberry Green Smoothie
Better known as: How to make sure all that fruit you bought — it was on sale! — doesn't wander into overripe territory. Get the recipe.
5. Egg & Cheese Veggie Cups
6. Vegan and Gluten-Free Waffles
7. Ham, Egg, and Green Chile Breakfast Burritos
8. Sunrise Smoothie
9. Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
10. Lemon, Raspberry, and Oat Muffins
11. Chipotle Chicken Chili
12. Spicy Chickpea, Coconut, and Tomato Soup
13. Hearty White Bean Ragout
14. Slow Cooker Orange-Ginger Chicken
Find this 30-minute recipe — along with five more — here.
15. Shredded Beef Enchiladas
16. Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew
17. Corn and Potato Chowder
18. Single-Serving Pasta
You could make a huge batch of pasta and then eat it every day until it dries out. ORRR you could split it up, freeze it, and have a ready-to-go weeknight dinner. (This version pre-freezes the noodles on baking sheets, so that they don't stick together later in the bags.) Instructions here.
19. 5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup
20. Cookie Dough Fudge
21. Blackberry Cheesecake Squares
22. Homemade Biscuits
Recipe here. Make a stack of these, then top them with...