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Make These Meals Ahead, and Never Wonder What's for Dinner Again

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It's that time where we're beginning to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead—a round, friendly-sounding 2016. And, having already realized that the easiest way to eat healthfully is to cook at home, we know that cooking more, and eating more home-cooked food, is a very worthy resolution. But to make this possible, we have to prepare meals ahead. (It's not practical to think that we'll cook something new every night—plus, where do lunches come from if not leftovers?)

Here are some of the feel-good, make-ahead meals we resolve to make more of in the new year:

Just add grains (or pasta):

Simple Bolognese

Simple Bolognese by Merrill Stubbs

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk by Gena Hamshaw

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans by EmilyC

How to Turn Any Beans, Peas, and Lentils into Indian Dal

How to Turn Any Beans, Peas, and Lentils into Indian Dal by Emily Horton

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Easy to repurpose:

Extra Tender Meatballs

Extra Tender Meatballs by Merrill Stubbs

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic by Merrill Stubbs

Carlo Middione's Polenta Facile

Carlo Middione's Polenta Facile by Genius Recipes

Butter-Braised Fingerlings

Butter-Braised Fingerlings by hardlikearmour

Pack it for tomorrow's lunch:

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup by Nicholas Day

Judy Rodgers' Lentils Braised in Red Wine

Judy Rodgers' Lentils Braised in Red Wine by Nicholas Day

Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Farro for Winter

Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Farro for Winter by Nicholas Day

Herbed Goat Cheese and Root Vegetable Galette

Herbed Goat Cheese and Root Vegetable Galette by Kendra Vaculin

What's your very favorite, never-fails make-ahead dish? Share your weeknight dinner strategies in the comments!


Tags: make-ahead dinners, new years, resolutions, meal prep