Make Ahead Meals
Save time with our top make ahead recipes and meal ideas, including casseroles, soups, and even dessert! Casseroles are the classic make ahead dish, and we have casserole recipes for any night of the week. Try our ethnic-inspired casseroles to introduce world flavors in familiar ways to picky eaters. Or turn to our best-loved casserole recipes for classics the family is sure to love. If you're keeping a close eye on budget, casseroles can be inexpensive and wholesome; try our ideas that all cost under $10. Putting your slow cooker to work is another great make ahead method. Prep your meal in the morning, and come home to a savory, filling dinner. If you have an entree already in mind, you also can use your slow cooker to make a tasty side dish. It might seem difficult to get ready in the morning and make your lunch, too, but a dozen easy-prep, make ahead lunch ideas will quickly convince you otherwise. For a delicious dessert, try our make ahead bar cookies perfect for potlucks and gatherings.
Mouthwatering Make Ahead Desserts
Make Ahead Weeknight Meals
Make Ahead Slow Cooker Meals
13 Rice Recipes
Our collection of make ahead rice dishes includes simple recipes for main dishes, sides, appetizers, and desserts.
12 Mouthwatering, Make-Ahead Lunch Ideas
Entertain your friends with delicious make-ahead lunch recipes for salads, soups, pastas, and wraps.
15 Double-Duty Slow Cooker Recipes
Create two meals in one when you set aside a portion of the recipe for a totally different dish the next day.
Easy Ethnic Recipes
Take a culinary trip with our favorite easy-to-make ethnic recipes from Germany, India, Greece, and more.
Classic Comfort Food Recipes
Fulfill your craving for comfort food with our pot roast, beef and noodles, apple dumplings, and potato recipes.
Fabulous 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes
As if serving meals in a slow cooker isn’t easy enough, we’ve made it even simpler with five-ingredient recipes.
Quick & Easy Casseroles
Solve your dinner dilemma with a simple casserole like tuna-noodle, beef ravioli, macaroni and cheese, and more.
Satisfying Slow Cooker Side Dishes
When you need a side dish for the holidays, give these make ahead slow cooker recipes a try.
8 Casseroles Under $10
Stretch your food budget by using ingredients available in your pantry for enchiladas, lasagna, and more.
Ethnic-Inspired Casserole Recipes
Choose one of our favorite ethnic casserole dishes that adds a creative touch to chicken, shrimp, pork, and lamb.
Our Best Potluck Casseroles
Our dressed-up casseroles, like beef stroganoff, vegetable cobbler, and baked risotto, are perfect for company.
How to Make Bread & Butter Pickles
Cooking guru Scott Peacock shares his secrets for making delicious blue ribbon-worthy bread-and-butter pickles.
18 One-Dish Beef Recipes
Our no-hassle beef recipes offer a scrumptious make ahead meal whenever you need an easy supper idea.
Quick and Easy Party Foods
Don’t stress over party appetizers. Serve your guests easy-to-make wings, wraps, wontons, skewers, and more.
Our Best Casserole Recipes
Casseroles offer the best in comfort food. Hamburger pie, enchiladas, and stuffed shells make easy anytime meals.
Toss-Together Side Dish Casseroles
Sweet potato, creamed corn, and the popular green bean casserole pair well with main-dish recipes.