back to school make ahead meals

26 Make Ahead Meals for Back To School

School is already in full swing here in Colorado.  We’re lucky in our county, and still have one more week until school starts.  Anthony’s first day of school EVER is August 23rd.  I’m kind of already a mess over this whole thing, that my baby isn’t really a baby anymore, and is a big boy.  The first week of school is going to be filled with tears – for me, and I think for Anthony, he’ll just be so excited about his days, he won’t want to be with me in the kitchen helping make dinner, and I’m not going to want to be in there either when he gets home from school, so I have already started making some meals.

back to school make ahead meals

Make ahead meals are such a great idea.  They make dinner time a breeze, and there is little to no clean up after dinner.  Just a few dishes, and maybe a pot or two for side dishes.  You can even get some disposable casserole dishes from the dollar store to make your prep even easier, and save some room in your freezer!

If you follow my monthly menus, you’ll know how much I love just cooking once, and being able to have multiple meals ready.  My CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce is the perfect base for these meals.  There is so much you can do with it; freeze the sauce just as is it to make a simple pasta dish one night, or mix it with some cheeses and cooked pasta for a baked ziti or use it for one of my most popular recipes – Chicken Parmesan Casserole.  The recipe ideas with spaghetti sauce are endless, and best of all, it’s very budget friendly!!

There are so many options for make ahead meals, from breakfast to dinner with some after-school snacks too! With just a little bit of planning, and prep, you can make a months worth of food in one day.  Just think about the time you’ll save after work,  or on those nights before practice or dance lessons!!


Breakfast Quesadillas

Breakfast Quesadilla

Breakfast Burritos

Mini Frittatas

French Toast Sticks

easy homemade french toast sticks make ahead breakfast freezer meal moms bistro


Stuffed Shells

3 Cheese Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Easy Cheesy Lasagna

Quite Possibly the ONLY Lasagna Recipe You'll Ever Need!
Quite Possibly the ONLY Lasagna Recipe You’ll Ever Need!

Baked Ziti

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

black bean and corn quesadillas

Eggplant Parmesan


Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Nuggets (with hidden veggies)

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables Recipe

Mini Chicken-Pot Pie

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Tortilla-Chip Crusted Chicken Tenders

tortilla chip crusted chicken tenders

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Beef and Pork

Meat Lasagna

Surprise Meatballs

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Tatertot Casserole

Pizza Lasagna Rolls

pizza lasagna rolls pepperoni pizza lasagna no boil lasagna easy dinner idea 20 minute meal moms bistro

Pork Pot Stickers


Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake

Italian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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