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Make Ahead Recipes

Whether or not you enjoy the time and creativity involved in cooking and baking, there are times when having a meal, a dessert, or a snack ready in advance is necessary. That's where our Make Ahead Recipes come in handy. These recipes can all be prepared and cooked or baked ahead of time, leaving you one less thing to do. Now, doesn't that sound nice?!


Cranberry Coleslaw

Cranberry Coleslaw

This colorful side salad is perfect with burgers, sandwiches, and grilled chicken, and if you’re planning a picnic with your family, it’s also an ideal thing to pack...
Meaty Cheesy Pasta Dinner

Meaty Cheesy Pasta Dinner

This dish is tasty and easy to make—and all ages love it!
I-Love-Chocolate Party Torte

I-Love-Chocolate Party Torte

Kids love to bake, and since this chocolate torte is so easy to make, it’s perfect for pint-size kitchen helpers. Though our torte may seem too decadent coming from two...
Breakfast Brunch Casserole

Breakfast Brunch Casserole

Since this recipe must be refrigerated for one hour (or overnight) after being assembled, it's a terrific make-ahead dish. Simply pop it in the oven to bake, and it'll be...

Eileen's Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

Chock-Full-O-Veggies Lasagna

Chock-Full-O-Veggies Lasagna

We won’t lie … this lasagna is a bit fussy. But the extra time it takes to prep this dish is well worth the effort. As lasagnas go, this one has super, duper kid appeal....
Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

If you're running short on time, use premade pesto instead.

Meringue Ghosts

These meringue treats can be shaped into little ghosts (as shown here) for Halloween, or little snowmen for Christmas. The seasonal possibilities are endless for these melt-in-your-mouth...
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

We’ve been cooking up makeover recipes for well over a decade, and this recipe is by far the most popular with our families and our online community to date. All of our...
Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

The nutritional merits (or demerits) of store-bought granola bars can vary considerably, so we decided to create our own. The nutrition in these bars is through the roof—we’re...
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe requires a double-batch of my Simple White Sauce. If desired, serve with Spanish rice, which is brown or white rice combined with sauteed onions, garlic, peppers,...

Peanut Butter and Jelly Toaster Tarts

These delectable treats are simple to make, and they contain two ingredients most kids love—peanut butter and jelly!
Sweet and Hearty Beef Stew

Sweet and Hearty Beef Stew

Even though this stew simmers for hours in the slow cooker, it takes just minutes to prepare. Filled with lean stew meat, baby carrots, mushrooms, and petite peas, it’s...
Shredded BBQ Chicken Sammies

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sammies

If you're thinking of making Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken, save the juice from the Crock-Pot to make these super-easy sandwiches (or throw in an extra breast or two to make BBQ...

Trail Mix

When stored airtight, this Trail Mix lasts for week. It can be made without peanuts and/or tree nuts for those with food allergies.

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