One Month of Make-Ahead Meals

With our genius make-ahead meals plan, a single day in the kitchen cooking meats, veggies, rice and sauce will score you the building blocks for almost a month's worth of easy dinner recipes. Get all the recipes below, then pick any or all of the ones you like to create a customizable grocery list.
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THE BIG DAY

These simple guidelines map out the best way to cook up your five building-block recipes on Saturday or Sunday -- so you can get out of the kitchen faster than ever during the weeks ahead.
-- Get plenty of resealable sandwich-size and freezer storage bags when you buy your ingredients.
-- Get family and friends into the kitchen to help. Grown-ups and big kids can chop and little kids can help organize ingredients. Have everyone clean as they go!
-- Make the building-block recipes in the following order.

NOW WE'RE COOKIN'!

PORK: Preheat the oven and get the meat going.
TOMATO SAUCE: While the pork is in the oven, start the sauce so it can simmer at the same time.
VEGGIES: Next up, vegetable prep. Arrange the cut veggies on the baking sheets and, as soon as the pork is out of the oven, increase the oven temperature and pop them in.
CHICKEN: Have all the ingredients ready. If you need the baking sheets the vegetables are on, scrape the veggies onto a platter or cutting board to cool. Simply line the sheets with parchment and get roasting.
RICE: While the bird cooks, make the pilaf.

After you make your building-block recipes, you're all set to put together these superfast weeknight meals. You can cook any or all of them, in any order that pleases you, but if you follow the sequence below you'll get the most variety possible.

20 WEEKNIGHT DINNERS AT A GLANCE:
shrimp on rice

Spanish Rice with Shrimp

Use your tomato sauce, roasted veggies and rice pilaf

 
meal

Mango, Pork and Watercress Salad

Use your pulled pork

 
meal

Fusilli with Chicken and Tomato Sauce

Use your tomato sauce and pulled chicken

 
tacos

Pork-and-Avocado Tacos

Use your pulled pork

 
flatbread pizza

Butternut Squash-and-Spinach Strata

Use your roasted veggies

 
stew

Easy Brunswick Stew

Use your pulled pork and tomato sauce

 
flatbread pizza

Veggie Flatbreads with Hummus

Use your roasted veggies

 
quiche

Lemon Chicken Frittata

Use your pulled chicken and rice pilaf

 
burger

Pulled Pork-and-Slaw Sandwiches

Use your pulled pork

 
soup

Creamy Chicken with Soft Polenta

Use your roasted veggies and pulled chicken

 
soup

Pork and Ginger Noodle Soup

Use your pulled pork

 
empanada

Cheesy Spinach-and-Pepper Calzones

Use your tomato sauce and roasted veggies

 
meal

Pork Fried Rice

Use your pulled pork and rice pilaf

 
fried eggs

Swiss Chard with Bacon and Eggs

Use your roasted veggies

 
meal

Roast Pork-and-Veggie Burritos

Use your pulled pork, roasted veggies and rice pilaf

 
meal

Warm Chicken Salad

Use your pulled chicken

 
meal

Pork Chilaquiles

Use your pulled pork and tomato sauce

 
tacos

Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas

Use your roasted veggies and pulled chicken

 
meal

Rigatoni with Apple and Squash

Use your roasted veggies

 
stew

Mexican Chicken-and-Rice Soup

Use your pulled chicken and rice pilaf

 
Continued on page 2:  The Basics

 

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