7 Make Ahead Dinners for the Whole Family

I've been sharing some of my tips for taming the meal plan beast this month. While it helps to have the right tools, my favorite tip is getting your kids involved. It's so important to not only feed your kids healthy meals, but also to equip them with the knowledge of how to plan, prep, and present a healthy meal for their future families. By the end of the day, it's much easier to think about going to pick up some fast-food solution, or reheating some pre-made dinner option.

Since ease is a priority in the evening, why not set your self up with some make ahead dinner options. Prepping options when you have the energy and brain space can really set you up for success for making the best choices during the week. It's also a huge budget saver as you're not mindlessly splurging on fast food. I've been there...I still do this.

Need to conquer meals but have no idea how? Eleanor explains, "That’s what I learned over the years of cooking on an often-tight budget, for a family that eventually grew to seven children—there is no substitute for A PLAN!!" Find 3 tips for beginners on The Koala Mom.

7 Simple Freezer Meals for Dinner

You don't have to have all of your dinners planned out as freezer meals, although we've tried that and it was awesome. Tame the dinner beast by prepping a few simple freezer meals once a week.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas - prepare these easy 4 ingredient enchiladas by Make and Takes in minutes. Then, simply reheat in your oven.

Lemon Garlic Dump Chicken - a delicious meal with an unfortunate name! Try an easy freezer meal recipe from One Good Thing.

Garden Vegetable Quinoa Soup - prepare this healthy, vegetarian dinner in just one pot. Freeze in bags or containers and heat it up for a warm and filling dinner.

Muffin Tin Calzones - a great alternative to pizza night, these mini calzones are sure to please the entire family. Add everyone's favorite topping, and you're sure to have no complaints!

Lasagna in a Jar - a delicious and easy, individually portioned recipe for your family to grab when they're coming home late from practice or work.

Healthy Chicken Pad Thai - this individually boxed pad thai recipe is a great meal for grown-ups and kids who enjoy a little spice in their dinner. Got a picky eater? They get the above lasagna!

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole - taco Tuesday can be any day of the week with this delicious make-ahead casserole recipe.

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