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Make-Ahead Meals

Make-ahead meals are a quick way to dip your toes into the world of menu planning. Get Pampered Chef’s favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that you can make in advance to fuel your week.

A few days from now, you’ll feel so proud when you open that fridge or freezer and know exactly what you’re eating next. Better yet, it’ll take just minutes to put it all together.


Yogurt & Granola Parfait. Choose a few favorite Greek yogurts as your base (like plain, vanilla, or strawberry). Then clean and prep berries to mix and match throughout the week. We love parfaits with blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Next, make a batch of Quick Stovetop Granola. It comes together in less than 30 minutes, and you can store it and use it in your parfaits for up to a week.

Toasted Quinoa Energy Bites. This homemade energy-packed snack use protein powerhouse quinoa to kick-start your day. They store nicely as a travel snack throughout the week.



Layered salads are a great way to pack a healthy lunch every day with minimal effort. Take a little time during the weekend to clean and prepare your favorite veggies, dice cooked chicken, and cook pasta or quinoa. (Quinoa is so cool!)

Each day, you can simply pull out the ingredients you want, layer them up, and head out the door in minutes. These are a great solve for school lunches too. And the colorful layers are so pretty!


Nothing is better than a cook-once-eat-twice (or three times) one-pot wonder meal. Here are four dinner staples that you can make in big batches and eat throughout the week or freeze and save for later.

Double Duty Meatballs let you bypass all the preservatives and additives in the store-bought, frozen variety. This recipe adds extra flavor and protein to pasta night or Italian meatball subs.

One-Pot Chicken Dinner is an entire meal made in the microwave using the exclusive Rockcrok® Dutch Oven. The results are incredibly tender and juicy. A whole chicken is also great to chop up and use in upcoming lunches or dinners like Grilled Chicken, Ham & Swiss Wraps or Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Skinny Mac ‘N Cheese puts a healthier spin on a family classic. The secret to the cheesy sauce is grated cauliflower and low-fat Greek yogurt. You have to try it to believe how creamy and rich it is.

Turkey Chili with Cornbread is perfect for big batches and freezing more for later. Better still, it only uses the All-Purpose Pot. This satisfying recipe serves 12; no one is going hungry on your watch!

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