9 Easy, Healthy Make-Ahead Dinners

Plan ahead and you can swap takeout for healthy homemade meals all week long

9 Easy, Healthy Make-Ahead Dinners

9 Easy, Healthy Make-Ahead Dinners
Aurelie Jouan

9 Easy, Healthy Make-Ahead Dinners

Asian Peanut Broccoli Quinoa

Keep a storage container full of cooked quinoa and another of chopped vegetables at the ready so you can make a healthy stir-fry anytime. Tofu is the perfect protein for quick, meatless dinners.

Chilled Poached Salmon Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing

Poach salmon in olive oil a day or two in advance for a quick salad that’s full of good-for-you fats.

Daikon Ramen with Skirt Steak

Although this vegetable-based ramen with skirt steak is more involved than the average weeknight meal, you’ll love eating a balanced dinner in the middle of the week. Prep the vegetables and broth over the weekend and quickly cook the meat as everything heats up.

Dry Rubbed Porterhouse Pork Chops with Steakhouse Butter

Prepare a simple compound butter and the dry rub for these pork chops a few days in advance and whip up a steakhouse-quality meal at the drop of a hat.

Grilled Chicken with Peach Barbecue Sauce

Make a simple peach barbecue sauce up to five days in advance for this flavorful take on grilled chicken.

Quesadilla Lasagna

Prep the turkey and bean filling for this quesadilla lasagna over the weekend, then layer and bake just to heat through and melt the cheese when you’re ready to eat.

Quinoa Black Bean Veggie Burger

This is a hearty veggie burger with some Southwesern flair. Spend a day in the kitchen making a big batch, and freeze them on a sheet tray before storing them in a freezer-safe plastic resealable bag. You’ll have a healthy meal that can go straight from the freezer to the oven to the table in no time.

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche
Aurelie Jouan

Chop up vegetables for a simple shrimp ceviche the night before you want to eat it. Right before you’re ready for dinner, clean and chop the shrimp. Then, toss it all together and sip on a cold one while the lime juice “cooks” the ceviche.

Vegan Kale and Black Sesame Sushi Bowl

Brown rice is very good for you and contains more nutrients than white rice, but it takes longer than white rice to cook. Spend some time over the weekend making a big batch of brown rice, seeding the pomegranate while you wait. You’ll be set for a healthy sushi bowl that comes together in minutes.