15 Best Make Ahead Easy Weeknight Dinners

These 15 Best Make Ahead Dinners For Weeknights will come in handy now that School is in full swing. Make ahead meals are the only way we can survive the chaos of the week.

School activities will have me transporting kids all around town during the busy dinner preparation time. We decided to go to the archives and put all of our Best Quick Weeknight Meals For Families in one post so you can reference this when you are wondering “how am I going to cook dinner tonight?”

Many of these Family dinner ideas are made in the crockpot or slow cooker so you can get it done in the morning and when the troop is ready to feed, all you need to do is serve it up. Other dinner entrees are make ahead or take less than 30 minutes so as long as you have the ingredients all is well in the kitchen.

15 Best Make Ahead Dinners For Weeknights

15 Best Make Ahead Easy Weeknight Dinners

Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe That Freezes Well Too! Marinate a few pork tenderloins and then defrost as needed.

This Ina Garten Grilled Pork recipe go-to go to for recipes to make ahead dinners for company too.


Pizza Casserole uses biscuits for an easy and kid favorite meal. 

Slow Cooker Family Make Ahead Meals

 Fajitas and Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix Recipe is a great recipe for family dinners.

crock pot fajitas

The crockpot makes eating dinner on time so much easier. Make a batch of these crock pot fajitas


No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

My Grandma’s No Effort Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

Any meat in the crockpot or slow cooker makes for great pulled sandwiches for family dinners. Make Ahead Dinners like Pulled Pork can last a week or feed a crowd.

Soup is a great weeknight meal. It lasts for a few days in the fridge and you just have to heat it up and eat.

TEX MEX Make Ahead Dinner ideas

Tex Mex is always an easy dinner. Be sure to try these  Make ahead Dinners Ideas: Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

dinners to feed a crowd, chicken enchiladas cooked


Maybe you don’t have time to make traditional enchiladas, this Chicken Enchilada Quiche is the perfect alternative.  Plus it uses canned chicken if you need a real short cut recipe. 

Ina Garten Flank steak cooks up quickly on the grill. Make this marinade in the am and by dinner just light up the grill.

This chicken salad is great made ahead and is an easy healthy family recipe. This is the perfect make ahead salad for a large crowd and it was the perfect salad entree.



chinese chicken salad recipe

Comfort Food Make Ahead Family Dinner Ideas

Pot pies can take hours to make. Check out this shortcut pot pie recipe for one of our ultimate family dinner ideas. This is so easy the kids can even help make this make ahead dinner. This is perfect for a babysitter to make too.

The cooler weather of back to school means it’s time for chili. Mix things up with chicken, beef or pork chili recipes. We love this Ina Garten Chicken Chili Recipe and it tastes better the longer it sits.


Not a meat eater, veggie chili can come together in less than 30 minutes.

Need a meal you can make the night or morning before? Make ahead casseroles are the perfect way to feed your hungry family during the week. We love this Make Ahead Dinners- Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake Recipe


Surprise your family with these slow cooker french dip or beef sandwiches. Yummy in our tummy. Double this recipe and feed a crowd for a casual dinner.

Other go-to weeknight family dinner ideas:

 Back to School Easy Dinner Ideas- Easy Pizza Casserole

10 Easy Weeknight Dinners using Rotisserie Chicken

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

Make Ahead Dinner Ideas for a crowd: Walking Tacos 


We don’t want to forget about a few make ahead desserts now do we?

Barefoot Contessa’s Peach Blueberry Crumble Recipe

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Texas Sheet Cake Dessert 


We would love to hear what your favorite Weeknight Family Dinner Recipes? Please list your favorites in your comments below

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