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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?!


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!
Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

This dip is a hit at any gathering—delicious!
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...
Smiley Face Casserole

Smiley Face Casserole

Traditional Tater Tot casserole with all the trimmings (full-fat cheese, butter, fatty ground beef, and regular cream of mushroom soup), gets a much-needed overhaul with...
Cutie Quiche Cakes

Cutie Quiche Cakes

If your children’s repertoire of vegetables includes mostly carrots, corn, and peas, here’s an easy way to expand it at dinner or breakfast. These healthy little quiche...
After-School Gorp

After-School Gorp

Gorp is another name for trail mix, and, according to some stands for "good ole raisins and peanuts." Everyone loves this portable, adaptable snack!
Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

On first glance it may seem like there are a lot of steps to this recipe, but don't let that scare you off. Each one is so easy that even a kid can do them. In fact, stirring,...
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...
Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Though the recipe calls for one batch of my Simple White Sauce, my kids love this dish so much that I usually double or triple the recipe (and the sauce) for make-ahead dinners...
Lemonade Cookies

Lemonade Cookies

These cookies, made with lemonade concentrate, have a hint of tartness but don't worry; it's tempered by the sweetness of the sugar.

Super Nacho Casserole

Healthier Hamburger Helper

Healthier Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper may get a bad rap when it comes to good nutrition for families, but this classic boxed dinner can indeed be tweaked to be good for you. Check out our made-from-scratch...
Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars (aka Magic Bars) get a magical makeover with old-fashioned oats, walnuts, a handful of mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and low-fat sweetened condensed...
Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Carrot cake may sound “healthy,” but that’s often not the case. We turn carrot cake into carrot cupcakes and create a batter and frosting that has bragging rights when...
Pineapple Kabobs

Pineapple Kabobs

This recipe is super easy and tasty. Make a platter for a party or make a few for your child's snack. Mini kabobs look fancy and are fun to make—even little fingers can...
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