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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?!


Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

This dip is a hit at any gathering—delicious!
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...
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.
Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

If desired, use mini cookie cutters (about the same size as the crackers) to cut the lunch meat pieces into fun shapes before packing the lunch box. Your child can then "construct"...
Mediterranean Dip

Mediterranean Dip

This dip is unusual...but so delicious! It makes an easy yet tasty appetizer for a summer gathering. 
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...
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,...

Strawberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

They are easy to make and even yummier to eat. They're perfect and decorative for feeding a crowd at a family holiday get-together or celebration.

Super Nacho Casserole

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...
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!
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...
Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

This is a terrific recipe for any day of the year, but is especially well-suited to Halloween! Start the day off right with a festive breakfast of bagels, pumpkin cream cheese,...
Quick Meatball Soup

Quick Meatball Soup

This dish is terrific when you need something hearty and quick.
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...

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