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Make Ahead Meals from What’s Cookin’ Chicago?

This is the time of year I absolutely love. Here in Chicago the foliage is changing colors with bright hues of orange, red, and gold. It’s also a great time to stock my freezer with meals in preparation of hectic time that comes with the fall season such as school and activity schedules, longer work days in the office, and for some friends of mine, adjusting to new additions in their families with babies!

For those who have busy schedules and long work days, along with the slight chaos of parenting, getting meals on the table can be a challenge. To remedy this, I aim to set one day aside to prepare in advance several meals that I can freeze for later.

Here are some great make ahead meals both perfect for the season and for the freezer! Click on the picture to view each recipe:

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Beef Stroganoff

make ahead meals

Baked Shrimp Scampi

make ahead meals

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

make ahead meals

Honey & Spice Glazed Pork Chops

make ahead meals

Make Ahead Meatloaf

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos



My family eats pizza and drinks soda and eats frozen processed meals but I want to change! Does anyone have any ideas for healthy meals and ways to get back on track?

My baby is going to come a week early and I want to know some quick and healthy meals to eat while breastfeeding since I won’t have lots of time to cook

I need some quick and easy supper ideas

I have never cooked before and just started. I have a husband, a 7 year old and 2 month old. What are some easy meals to cook?

What are some healthy and easy meals to cook while having a newborn? Should I invest in a slow cooker?

What are your favorite healthy convenience meals?

Is cooking with a crock-pot easy?

My son is 14 months and tiny and won’t eat purees. Any healthy meal ideas for him?

Organized moms! I am a mom of a 3 year old and 11 month old and would like some recipe organizing and scheduling help

I’m 28 weeks pregnant and have already gained 27 pounds. I need some healthy meal suggestions!

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About Maris Callahan

Maris Callahan is the blog editor for SmartMom. She has nearly a decade of experience in public relations and marketing to moms, with an addiction to reading parenting blogs in her spare time. She also enjoys cooking, reading, running and buying adorable baby clothes for her nephew. Follow her on Twitter and Google+