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Weekend Roundup: Make-Ahead Meals

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
Here’s a weekend idea: Save time during your busy week with these make-ahead recipes. MORE+ LESS-
By Alyssa Vance

I realize the absurdity of what I’m about to share, but hear me out. Ever since I became a mother, I’ve dedicated part of my weekend to preparing meals for the week. I know, right? Weekends should be dedicated to disengaging from the nonstop, remind-me-what-day-it-is feeling that’s sandwiched between Monday and Friday. They’re a time to relax. Savor moments with your family. Stay in your pajamas a little longer, because you can. (I know I do.) 

But if I can spend a little time easing up my week, I’m all for it. I’ve found that if I make a few dishes ahead of time, it ends up saving me time in spades. That means more opportunities to make weekdays feel a little more like the weekend. Here are three recipes I’ll definitely be making this weekend, plus one product idea for packaging leftovers. I know they’ll save me time once Monday rears its busy head. 


These Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars are my favorite combination: sweet and salty. I know they’ll be a nice perk after a weeknight dinner.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars


This Apple Cinnamon Butternut Squash Soup makes a perfect Sunday supper. Freeze the leftovers and reheat them for an easy weekday meal. Add a side like Garlic Breadsticks or Crescents, and there’s a hearty meal in less than 30 minutes.

Apple Cinnamon Butternut Squash Soup


I’ll look like supermom to my son when I pull out a homemade treat like these On the Go Breakfast Cookies on a Wednesday morning.

On the Go Cookies


It’s harvest season, which means too much produce and too little time to eat it. I like to make a batch of pureed squash or fresh applesauce and freeze it in these adorable Freezer Storage Containers.

Freezer Storage Containers

What do you do on the weekend to help make the week go more smoothly?