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.

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.

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.

easy one-pot meals

12 Responses to Make-Ahead Meals

  1. Betty Blazic August 27, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    Thank you for the recipes. I just went to a show and will probably have one. Great products.

    • Janice Alston September 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

      You’re most welcome! Let me know when would be best for you and I’d love to do a home show if you live nearby, if not, then there’s alway online! 🙂

  2. Amy Peters August 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    I made the one pot chicken dinner with herbed rice (in the RockCrock Dutch Oven) tonight!!! It was so easy and sooo delicious!! Cooked perfect in 30 minutes!!! The chicken was so juicy and the rice was cooked perfectly with so much flavor!!

    • Janice Alston September 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      That’s awesome! I’ll have to try that one out!

    • Pam December 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      Did you make it exactly like recipe you just added herb rice instead of white rice?

  3. Jon September 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    Thank you for the recipes

    • Janice Alston September 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

      I’m glad that you’re enjoying them Jon! I always love finding a new recipe that the family likes!

  4. jamey zurawski December 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    Cannot wait to try the Quinoa bites!!! And the granola

  5. Linda July 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    There’s my chicken and potato $20 meal…can’t beat it.

  6. Nikki Sorbara March 26, 2019 at 6:19 am #

    I’m looking forward to the one pot chicken dinner! It looks delicious and I’m all for one pot meals!?

  7. Shannon April 29, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

    I think I would love to do the freeze ahead meals for dinner!!!!

  8. Kim adams May 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

    I’m not one who likes to cook small meals for just 1 or 2, so the freeze ahead meals sound like a winner to me.

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