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Healthy Make-Ahead Dinner Recipes

Serve your family a meal that's both nutritious and quick to prep with our healthy make-ahead dinner recipes. Our delicious healthy make-ahead recipes, including hearty pot roast and warm soups and chili recipes, will keep the whole family happy. Try one of our make-ahead dinner recipes tonight!


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    • Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna

      This delicious make-ahead casserole is perfect for keeping dinner on track any hectic, time-crunched day. It's made with protein-rich chicken, serves up a variety of veggies (broccoli, onion, and carrots), and can be prepped up to 24 hours in advance.

    • Spicy Cuban Flank Steak Sandwiches

      Use your slow cooker to cook the filling in these scrumptious sandwiches ahead of time -- it allows the flavors in our spicy meat rub to infuse the beef with bold flavor. A veggie-packed picadillo relish adds nutrients to the healthy make-ahead dinner recipe.

    • Two-Pea Soup with Pork

      This protein-packed two-pea soup is the ultimate when it comes to make-ahead dinners -- you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Plus, it's filled with garlic, onion, and other seasonings (feel free to make a double batch!).

    • Coffee and Smoked Paprika-Rubbed Steak with Buttermilk Dressing

      Who knew your steak dinner could be made in advance? This brown sugar-espresso-paprika-rubbed steak is chilled for up to 24 hours before broiling. Bonus: The mushroom, tomato, and zucchini skewers can be prepped in advance, too.

    • Pizza Slab Pie

      Satisfy the pizza-lovers in your family with this low-cal version of their favorite pie. We make it with Italian sausage, Kalamata olives, and artichokes, but you can add whatever ingredients your family loves. The best part? You can freeze this dinner recipe for up to 1 month.

    • Spicy Chicken Pot Stickers with Ginger and Green Onion Dipping Sauce

      A zesty ginger-green onion dipping sauce adds extra Asian flair to these spicy chicken pot stickers. The pot stickers can be frozen, and each entree serving gives you five pot stickers for just 244 calories total!

    • How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken

      Get the fullest flavor and the most tender meat imaginable out of your chicken by cooking it in a slow cooker! Watch to learn how to make this healthy make-ahead recipe.

    • Chicken Enchiladas Adobo

      Our Mexican-inspired enchiladas recipe is just 322 calories per serving, easily made in advance, and beyond delicious. The lean chicken, tomatoes, and chipotle peppers in this make-ahead dinner recipe keep it both healthy and full of flavor.

    • Balsamic Beef Roast with Polenta

      The comforting, creamy polenta in this beef roast recipe is perfect for sopping up the delicious garlic-balsamic sauce that smothers the whole dish. And because everything but the polenta is made in a slow cooker, this healthy dinner recipe is a cinch to prepare.

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      Beef and Black Bean Chili

      Lighten up this hearty comfort food classic by filling every bite with protein-rich black beans, veggies, and bold seasonings (we even snuck in some cocoa powder!). The healthy make-ahead dinner can be chilled for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

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      Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

      A mix of sweet-tart cranberry and spicy chipotle gives these country-style ribs their complex flavor. Simply marinate the meat and transfer to a slow cooker for a traditional comfort food meal at less than 400 calories per serving.

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      Pork Roast and Harvest Vegetables

      Tender pork roast, nutrient-rich veggies, and a fragrant apple-spice sauce fill every bite of this delicious make-ahead meal. Better yet, the low-cal recipe simmers in your slow cooker all day for a meal that's ready when you are.

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      Pot Roast with Fruit and Chipotle Sauce

      Slightly sweet, smoky, spicy and cooked in a slow cooker: This make-ahead pot roast recipe really does have it all. And at just 275 calories per serving, it's one dinner recipe you can feel good about serving to the whole family.

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      So-Easy Coq au Vin

      Enjoy this fuss-free French classic any weeknight -- just toss the ingredients into your slow cooker on your lunch break and enjoy dinner that evening. Our tip: The dish goes well with both red and white wine, depending on your mood.

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      Brisket with Ale BBQ Sauce

      Cut the calories in our fork-tender slow cooker brisket by making your own barbecue sauce instead of using a sugary store-bought version. A tantalizing blend of beer, chili sauce, brown sugar, and other seasonings makes up the recipe.

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      Gingered Chicken Meatball Soup with Brown Rice and Basil

      Bold, zesty flavor takes center stage in this chicken meatball soup made with ginger, red sweet pepper, and green onion. High-magnesium brown rice helps round out the recipe, which benefits your heart, bones, and muscle. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

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      Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini

      The trick to this easy slow cooker recipe: Marinate the chicken overnight with our special Italian garlic-tomato-fennel mix! Then let it simmer all afternoon, and you've got a healthy Italian meal waiting for you at dinnertime.

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      Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3

      We all want the same thing: a delicious (and healthy!) inexpensive dinner. Try our recipes, each of which is a healthy dinner idea full of nutrition without skimping on taste. Plus, at less than $3 per serving, our cheap healthy recipes are easy on the wallet and the waistline. These will make you feel good about feeding the family!
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