Ree Drummond is a huge fan of make-ahead meals, and we are too! But not just any recipe will do. Luckily, we’ve got the best of the best from The Pioneer Woman that will help you get dinner on the table in a flash. A fabulous feast that’s already been prepared — what’s better than that?
Pesto Chicken Skillet Supper
On those hectic weeknights, there’s nothing better than whipping up a scrumptious one-pot meal in 16 minutes flat. Ree Drummond has you covered with yet another classic, hearty dish. This sautéed chicken skillet features zucchini, squash, kale, tomatoes, corn and fresh Parm for an ultra-satisfying supper that even the pickiest of eaters will gobble up. For even more variety, you can try The Pioneer Woman’s one-pot recipes that will make dinner a breeze.
It shouldn’t have to take an entire afternoon to make a classic vegetable soup. With this Italian-inspired recipe, Ree Drummond helps you have dinner on the table in just 16 minutes. (Yes, really!) For even more lip-smackingly delicious flavour, top it all off with freshly grated Parmesan or a dash of jarred pesto for good measure. For more quick and easy meals, try The Pioneer Woman’s best 16-minute dinners.
Chicken a la Chuck
If you’re hosting a large gathering, you can’t go wrong with a batch of homemade crispy chicken drumsticks. Skip the takeout menu and toss these bad boys in a tangy mixture perfected by Ree herself. To save yourself additional time, prep them the night before and let the flavours marinate overnight in the fridge for optimal taste. If you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, try one of The Pioneer Woman’s easy dinner ideas for kids.
Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese
This baked casserole is so cheesy and decadent that you’ll hardly notice that the macaroni has been replaced with cauliflower florets. The best part? Ree uses a mouthwatering combo of Parmesan, goat cheese and Pepper Jack so it’s creamy with just the right amount of heat. Make it the night before company arrives and simply warm it up before serving. For more ooey-gooey comfort food inspiration, try The Pioneer Woman’s cheesiest recipes.
Italian Chicken Sheet Pan Supper
Once you realize how easy sheet pan meals are to make, you’ll come back to them time and again. This hearty dish combines juicy chicken thighs, crunchy green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and chunks of crusty bread for a make-ahead meal (with leftovers!) that you’ll be excited to dig into.
What exactly makes these uber meatballs tough to top? Chalk it up to the perfect combo of ground turkey and sausage mixed in with grated Parm, fresh parsley and your favourite store-bought marinara. Tender, moist and perfect on their own or with pasta, this dish will become an instant family favourite. Make extra and store in your freezer for easy re-heatable meals on busy weeknights.
White Chicken Enchiladas
This creamy Tex-Mex classic will become a household staple after one go-around — yes, it’s that good. Whip this up the night before hosting guests, allowing flavours to come together before re-heating, or simply make in advance and store in the freezer for a quick and easy weeknight meal option.
The Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Cacciatore
Ree Drummond’s take on the Cacciatore, or “hunter-style” chicken, uses skin-on thighs, onions, herbs and tomatoes. Place the cooked chicken and vegetables on a bed of cooked pasta, and serve it family style in a large bowl or platter.
Supreme Pizza Lasagna
Italian sausage, mushrooms and fresh bell peppers bring all the flavours of your favourite pizza order to your kitchen in a comforting, cheesy pasta bake. Prep in advance and bake when you get home or freeze and bake at a later date. We’ve got more easy freezer meals you can make now and devour later.
Chunky Beef Chili
This hearty chili is thickened with masa, a ground corn flour, making a tasty, stick to your ribs stew that is guaranteed to feed a crowd.
Leek and Potato Casserole
Casseroles are a natural fit when it comes to dinners that can be prepared ahead of time. And this savoury sensation — flavoured with leeks and topped with Fontina cheese — is guaranteed to please.
This make-ahead Tex-Mex dish is a meal unto itself, with corn, ground beef, tomatoes, poblano peppers, veggies and kidney beans baked into a savoury crust made from corn flour.
Chipotle Chicken Chili
Transport your taste buds to the Southwest with this flavourful chili recipe. For cost-savings and added flavour, make with boneless skinless chicken thighs, instead of chicken breast.
Texas Braised Brisket
https://www.foodnetwork.ca/article/easy-taco-recipes/Slow cook a batch of enchilada-style brisket on Sunday afternoon for a hand-off weekend dinner that can be repurposed as leftovers throughout the week. Serve as tacos or make into a enchilada pie for a meal you can eat again and again.
King Ranch Chicken
Take some time out of your weekend to assemble this cheesy chicken casserole, and then freeze it for a head start on a weeknight dinner. When you’re ready to serve, pop it in the oven until golden and bubbly and pair with a simple green salad. Find out how to prep slow cooker freezer meals to help you get through the week.
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Turkey
Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones with this turkey hack from Ree Drummond. Have your butcher cut the turkey into six large sections, which speeds up the roasting time. Prepare it the day before your Thanksgiving dinner or any social gathering, and roast for an additional hour before serving.