Really Fast Make-Ahead Meals

These really fast make-ahead meals will put dinner on the table in no time.


This weekend has been crazy.  Miss M’s third birthday party was this morning.  After working all day yesterday, I had to run to Party City to get the balloons inflated.  Then, I went to Weis to buy the groceries I needed for the party.  This morning, I woke up at 6 to prepare my meals for the week and to get ready for the party.  I knew I needed some really fast meals since the guests were arriving at 10.



The first really fast meal I found was the Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake from Jessica at How Sweet It Is.  I bought a rotisserie chicken at Weis to use in my meals this week.  I love rotisserie chickens because they are always perfectly cooked, and they cut a ton of time off of your meal prep.  Instead of using corn and beans, like the recipe suggested, I used frozen mixed veggies because that’s what I had.  Cooking the rice was the longest part of making this recipe, so it was ready in under 15 minutes.  My kids love all of the parts of this dish so it should be a hit Monday night.


This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Dish is a delicious, really fast meal!


I made the One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake from Chungah at Damn Delicious for Tuesday night.  I didn’t use the sausage in this recipe, so boiling the pasta was the longest part of making this meal.  While it boiled, I cut some stars out of cheese for the birthday party.  Then, I just threw everything else into the pot, stirred it, and it was ready to go.  Meal number 2 was reading in about 10 minutes.  I was on a roll.


This One Pot Pizza Pasta is a delicious, really fast meal!



I bought some pork chops for Wednesday night.  I love the Pork Marinade from Ashley at Two Under Two.  It turned out great the first time I used this recipe as a freezer meal.  I’m sure it will be equally delicious with fresh pork chops.  Ashley has some other delicious freezer meals at the same link.  I’ve really enjoyed all the ones I’ve tried.  After throwing the pork chops and all of the marinade ingredients into a baggie, it went into the refrigerator.  Now I just have to pull it out, put it in a baking dish, and pop it in the oven Wednesday night.  I have some asparagus I can toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I’ll roast it in the oven at the same time as the pork chops, and dinner will be ready.



Thursday night’s dinner is a family favorite.  We always order lo mein when we get Chinese food.  I tried several different recipes to recreate it at home, and we didn’t like the sauces.  Then, I found the Chicken Yakisoba from Beth at Budget Bytes.  I used more of my rotisserie chicken for this recipe.  I added cabbage and carrots as the veggies.  I would have added broccoli, but I forgot to grab it at the grocery store.  Sauteing the veggies was the longest part of making this recipe.  It still took under 15 minutes to completely assemble.


This Chicken Yakisoba is a delicious, really fast meal!



This Friday just might be a Pizza Hut night.  We won’t be eating out at all this weekend since we still have leftovers from the birthday party.  Therefore, I think ordering out Friday night sounds like a perfect idea.  I love loading up my Pizza Hut thin and crispy pizza with lots of veggies – mushrooms, black olives, hot peppers, spinach and tomatoes.  With the Hut Flavored Crust, it is delicious!  Thinking about it will help me get through the busy week.

I didn’t make dessert this week because we still have lots of Miss M’s birthday cake left.  I’ll be posting about her party soon.  It went really well, and everyone had a great time.  Luckily, both of my children are exhausted and playing quietly right now so I can type.  I’m exhausted, too, but it feels great knowing that I have all of my meals for the week lined up and waiting in my refrigerator.  I even managed to use only one pot to prepare all of the meals.  Clean-up was super easy.  I just slid the pot into the dishwasher before our guests arrived.  All of my really fast meals were ready in under an hour, and I still had time to set up the games and prepare the food for the party.  Next time you’re really busy, try some of these recipes, and dinner will be on the table in just a few minutes.


What are your favorite really fast meals?

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6 thoughts on “Really Fast Make-Ahead Meals

  1. I have to try some of your ideas out. I have never thought of making cheesy rice but it sounds like it would be a hit with my kids. I am always looking out for fast and quick recipes which KIDS will eat.

  2. I am so impressed with how organized you are! So impressed. A full day at work and you still manage to take care of the family and put a home cooked dinner on the table each night! And blog!

    Happy Birthday to Miss M!

    I’m not sure which meal I love the most, all of these sound so good. I love that they took so little time to prepare and that there wasn’t a lot of clean-up either!

    1. Thank you so much, Nikki! I have to stay organized to be able to balance everything. I can’t wait to try your idea for an editorial calendar to organize my blogging more.

      Thanks for wishing Miss M a happy birthday! She had so much fun at her party and is very happy to be 3.

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