When you’re having a productive weekend, prepping meals in advance can save you time, money and a lot of takeout on those nights where cooking just isn’t going to happen. The next time that burst of weekend energy strikes, make the most of it with these tasty recipes that will keep you fed, and stress-free, all week long.
Split Pea Soup
This easy soup takes just 10 minutes of prep and then simmers away in the background as you get on with your Sunday plans. Fragrant with dill and chock full of vegetables, this soup is perfect for work or school lunches.
A big batch of these giant Italian meatballs will be sure to feed a crowd, or just your family with some delicious leftovers for the week. Toss them into crusty rolls for a hefty sandwich, or just serve them as is for a bigger-than-life dinner.
Red Beef Chili
There’s more than a hint of spice in this fiery beef chili: fresh habaneros, Thai bird chilies, jalapeno and poblanos, as well as ancho, cascabel, New Mexican chile, plus chipotle powder and puree. The heat is tempered nicely with dark beer and the unusual additions of chocolate and maple syrup, so feel free to indulge without fear.
Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole
There’s a reason casseroles have been popular for decades — piling all the components of a full dinner into a serving dish and baking them together is a satisfying and stress-free exercise. Poached chicken breasts stay juicy with a bath of chicken stock, heavy cream and sherry, then topped with a crunchy topping of panko and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Moroccan Stew With Preserved Lemon
A Moroccan-style stew brings the scents of cinnamon, cumin, turmeric and saffron into your kitchen, and this recipe brightens the flavours at the end with chopped preserved lemon. Be sure to add this rich and tasty simmered dish into your dinnertime rotation for a new family favourite.
Versatile couscous can be a side dish or main course and served warm or at room temperature, making it ideal for packed lunches. This sweet and spicy combination with mangoes and jalapenos is full of herbs and vegetables for a healthy treat.
Vegetarian Beet Borscht
This vibrant and vegetarian version of borscht makes a statement on the dinner table and has a little something for everyone. Sweetened with honey and flavoured with dill, this recipe can be served any way you like it: pureed or left chunky, warm or cold … you decide.