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When it comes to that January slump when you return to work and realise there's less time to spend in the kitchen there's no need to let your love of food suffer. By having a repertoire of easy make ahead meals up your sleeve you'll always have something delicious to put on the table.
Why not try cooking up some batches of your favourite food at the weekend to reap the rewards of your hard work during the week when you don't have time to cook? With a little pre-planning and some extra freezer space you'll be in charge of your kitchen even when you don't have time. After all what could be better than coming home late to a made ahead meal that all you need to do is reheat.
With this selection of tasty easy make ahead meals, from classic favourites like lasagna to vegetarian options like lentil stew, whether you're eating alone or in company we've got your bases covered.
All of these meals can be made ahead and then refrigerated or frozen for when you need them. Just make sure you have sufficient containers, aluminium foil, plastic wrap or zip lock bags and mark up your special portions and you're away. Go forth and cook!
A vegetarian favourite when it comes to comfort food. This can be frozen after preparation ready to cook from fresh or even after its been baked once.
Fancy some spice mid week? This cook ahead casserole satisfies those with an appetite cooking on a budget.
Next time you make up a batch of bolognese why not go all out and make up a tray of lasagna. Nothing could be better than coming home to a home cooked slice of the ultimate Italian comfort food.
An American favourite, make up individual freezable portions of this classic crowdpleaser and know you have something delcious to re-heat when you have unexpected guests.
Italian meatballs in a rich tomato sauce can be eaten on their own or with a serving of spaghetti.
Greek comfort food at its best, mousakka is packed with aubergine and lamb ragu making it a perfect choice when you want a taste of the Mediterranean.
Non meat eaters will love this hearty healthy stew big on flavour and colour.