Make Ahead

5 Freezer Marinades for Chicken or Pork — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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While marinades are brilliant at turning cuts of meat that can often dry out when cooked into flavorful, moist meals, it's easy to forget to plan ahead and get that meat into a marinade well before you're ready to cook it. Enter: the freezer marinade, when you bring that meat home from the grocery store toss it in a marinade first and freeze it right in it. It will absorb the marinade whenever you decide to thaw it, and then all you have to do is bake, sauté, or grill it. This is a weeknight dinner game-changer.

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Recipe: Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When I set out to create a lighter, healthier tuna noodle casserole recipe that was still as easy as the beloved childhood classic, my thoughts turned, naturally, to France.

Wait — France? Why? I had just returned from a trip with my husband to the south of France (ooh la la — okay, it was for his job!) and I could still taste the olives, artichokes, olive oil, and other Mediterranean ingredients that were a part of so many sunny meals. When I thought about tuna, Nicoise salad was top of mind, and so naturally a tuna noodle casserole packed with briny pops of capers, artichokes, and olives sounded amazing.

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17 Easy Fall Breakfast Casseroles — Recipes from The Kitchn

One way I know fall is truly here is when I wake up craving anything but my usual bowl of yogurt and fruit. With the arrival of brisk mornings, I find myself dusting off my slippers and wanting something warm to fill my stomach. These 17 savory and sweet breakfast casseroles are exactly that.

What's better is that almost all of them can be prepared the night before and simply baked in the oven before you're ready to eat. That means you can stay in bed a little while longer, which is always a plus on cool fall mornings.

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5 Smoothie Kits for a Week of Make-Ahead Breakfasts — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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By nature, smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast that are both nourishing and convenient to enjoy when you're on the go. But there is a way to make them even easier. The key to a smart smoothie routine isn't just the pairing of ingredients you load in the blender — it's knowing the best way to get a jump-start on your favorite breakfast drink by making smoothie kits in advance.

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Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: PB&J Smoothie — Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

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Reminiscent of the childhood classic we all love, this creamy smoothie treats you to the fruity, nutty flavors that make the PB&J such an enduring favorite. Each smoothie pack is filled with cherries and strawberries for sweet, jammy flavor, plus sliced banana for extra creaminess. We're adding the peanut butter to the bag to keep it classic, but why not go a little off course with almond or cashew butter for a cool smoothie that will not disappoint?

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This Is How Long Overnight Oats Will Last in the Fridge — Tips from The Kitchn

Overnight oats just may be the superstar of the make-ahead breakfast world. Not only do they require no cooking whatsoever, but they are also adaptable, wholesome, and satisfying. Start stirring up a handful of Mason jars of them at the start of each week and you're guaranteed to make a habit of it. How many jars can you actually make on Sunday night, though? If you make enough to get you through all five days of the work week, will they actually stay good until Friday?

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