10 of Clara’s Favorite Make-Ahead Meals

Merrill’s daughter Clara has quite the appetite — and it’s all Merrill can do to keep up. Armed with her greenmarket bag, a wooden spoon, and a minimal amount of fuss, she steps into the fray.



Now that Clara has started mixing muffins, cookies, and biscuits, it’s high time she upped her game by making dinner, and especially meals that can be made ahead since her mom might be a little tight on time with her new baby brother.

Okay, maybe Clara shouldn’t be cooking the food (she can’t even reach the stove), but it is true that dishes prepared ahead of time and stashed in the freezer are godsends for busy families. When there’s work to be done, a train to catch, and a family to feed, a little extra cooking during the weekend pays for itself over time.

More: Your guide to freezer-friendly (and freezer-hostile) foods.

To help Clara welcome a new family member into her life, we’re taking a look back at some of her favorite (and some of Merrill’s best) make-ahead meals and snacks. These will probably be making an appearance on their family table, and if you make them now, they can be a part of your meal in the coming weeks, too.

Homemade Fruit Yogurt



Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Flaxseed



Strata with Greens and Sausage



Brothy, Garlicky Beans



Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage



Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potatoes



A Simple Bolognese for Grownups and Babies



Sweet and Savory Overnight Pork



Beef in Barolo



Trail Mix



 

This article was written by Mei Chin from Food52 and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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