These recipes freeze particularly well, so you can cook up a big batch, serve some right away, and save the rest for an easy second meal
Updated November 7, 2018
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Savor now and later
Everyone likes to have a great few make-ahead meals in their cooking repertoire. After a long day of work or play, it’s nice to know you can get a home-cooked meal on the table with little fuss. A slow-cooker is a great tool for getting your dinner started ahead of time, but it’s not the only solution. Soup, stew, and chili are also great make-ahead choices because they’re just as delicious when reheated after a day or two of chilling and they freeze well, too. Another way to get a jump on dinner prep is to keep a batch or two of your favorite pasta sauce in the freezer for last minute meals. Click ahead for our favorite make-ahead meal ideas.
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Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy
Chili is one of the best make-ahead dishes, as the flavors only get deeper on consecutive servings. If you can’t find yellow hominy, you can use white hominy. Some folks skip the hominy altogether and use beans or a combination of beans and corn. This chili can be made up to two days ahead of serving.
This dish is a favorite among Sunset readers and staff. It’s easy to make and simply delicious. Best of all, it freezes well so you can enjoy it any time. Who wouldn’t love to come home to a bowl of this on a chilly evening?
Crockpots are not just for meat lovers! Vegetarians will love this hearty colorful stew. It’s loaded with nuts, dried fruit, and six vegetables. Get your week off to a good start by making this your Meatless Monday dinner.
Julia Child’s recipe for potato leek soup can’t be beat, but freezing cream soups can be tricky. We love stocking our freezer with this easy-to-make bright green version. It’s full of color, flavor, and vitamin A.
This juicy tasty beef was created as a sandwich filling, but it’s also perfect in tacos or burritos. The recipe makes 6 to 8 servings, so you can serve half and then freeze the rest for a second meal later in the month.