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9 Make-Ahead Weeknight Dinner Ideas

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Weeknights around here can get super busy with homework and after school activities, plus I try to carve out family time. So whenever I find a way to make my day run more smoothly, I will take it…and I will also share it with you. I have found that making dinner ahead of time can really be helpful. When it is 6pm, you’re just getting back from soccer, you’re exhausted, and everyone in the house is screaming for dinner is no time to have to tie on the apron. These make-ahead dinners for busy families are easy to fix, easy to store, and still oh-so-good to eat! This collection of recipes includes chicken patties, homemade chicken nuggets, chicken lettuce wraps, shrimp scampi, lasagna roll ups, beef ravioli, chicken enchiladas, creamy taquitos, and slow cooker alfredo. Yum!

Make ahead dinner meals for busy familes


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Make Ahead Meals for Busy Families Chicken Patties

1. Make Ahead Chicken Patties :: Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
Chicken and Avocado Lettuce Wraps Meal Ideas
2. Chicken and Avocados Lettuce Wraps :: Kim @ Once a Month Meals
Baked Chicken Taquitos Make ahead meals dinner ideas
3. Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos :: Seeded at the Table, adapted from Our Best Bites
Chicken Enchiladas Dinner Idea Make Ahead Meals
4. Chicken Enchiladas :: Happy Money Saver
Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Meal Idea
5. Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli Alfredo :: Happy Money Saver
Homemade Chicken Nugget Dinner Ideas
6. Homemade Chicken Nuggets :: Six Sisters Stuff
Make Ahead Baked Beef Ravioli Dinner Ideas
7. Baked Beef Ravioli ::Thriving Home
Rosemary Shrimp Scampi Make Ahead Dinner ideas
8. Rosemary Shrimp Scampi :: Thriving Home, inspired by Cooking Light Magazine
Make Ahead Meal Ideas Lasagna Roll Ups
9. Lasagna Roll Ups :: The Pioneer Woman

Get set for cooler weather and busy nights with these great resources hand-picked by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams! 

For more great weeknight meal ideas, check out mouthwatering these recipes. 

What is your favorite meal to make-ahead for busy nights?

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Rachelle Jones

Rachelle is an ex-rocker turned work-at-home mom who has way more fun hanging out at home with the family than she ever did at a concert. She loves baking, reading, and anything DIY. She holds down the fort while her very hard working husband braves the night shift. She loves to keep a clean home and throw the occasional dance party. All things blogging and Disney make her smile and she loves sharing things that she has found across the web with you.