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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?!


Vegetable Salsa

Vegetable Salsa

This dip really has it all: It's chock full of vegetables, made with heart-healthy canola oil, and sooo easy to make. It's a perfect summertime appetizer and a great dish...
Apple-Walnut Coleslaw

Apple-Walnut Coleslaw

This is the perfect side dish, or condiment, for a sandwich or our Best Black Bean Burger. It's healthier than fries, chips, or potato salad, but it still packs a flavor...

Spinach Lasagna

Though this recipe calls for baking the lasagna, the oven should not be preheated! Instead, the dish is placed in a cold oven, which is then heated to 350 F—the preheating...
Quick and Easy Mushroom-Tortilla Pinwheels

Quick and Easy Mushroom-Tortilla Pinwheels

These look nice on a plate and are easy to make. They work well for a pot-luck event or for hosting a playdate with kids.
Shortcut Homemade Salsa

Shortcut Homemade Salsa

If you’re tired of jarred salsa but don’t have time to chop tomatoes for fresh salsa, this recipe, which uses canned tomatoes as a time saver, is a delicious alternative!...
BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

If you're thinking of making Crock Pot BBQ Chicken, throw in an extra breast and make these easy and delicious quesadillas for another dinner. Two meals, one simple prep--it...
Zucchini Harvest Bounty Bread

Zucchini Harvest Bounty Bread

If you have your own vegetable garden and end up with a surplus of zucchini—or are offered zucchini by your neighbors from their garden—make this bread! It's delicious...

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Do you ever crave the recipes from your childhood? There has to be at least one dish you wish you could make as well as your mom did (and at least a bit more healthy). My...

Strawberry and Mascarpone Filled Cupcakes

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

These peppers are delicious, and quick to make using boil-in-a-bag rice, which takes just 10 minutes to cook. Stuffed peppers are yummy as a healthy dinner, lunch...or as...
Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

This Chicken Pesto Pasta is one of those meals that's seriously fast. It's even faster if you buy rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. And to save even more time, purchase...
Carissa’s Good ‘n Crazy Simple White Sauce

Carissa’s Good ‘n Crazy Simple White Sauce

This sauce is so versatile that it can be used to simply garnish mashed potatoes. It's best, however, when used in recipes like these: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas; Family-Friendly...
Applesauce in the Slowcooker

Applesauce in the Slowcooker

Great for family dinners and can be saved for lunches!

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