For many of us lately, making our own meals every day has become less of a choice than a daily necessity. All of that prepping, cooking, and cleaning up starts to take a toll, even on the most accomplished, eager home chef. If you’re craving a night (or seven!) off from cooking, we hear you. One solution for kitchen fatigue? Making meals in large batches that can be stored for days — or months — for future use.
Preparing enough food to feed a crowd allows you to cook a meal once, but eat it several times, and not necessarily three nights in a row. Leftovers are fabulous, but no one wants to eat the same dinner all week long. The five recipes below — all of which are family-friendly, make six to 10 servings, and freeze well or hold in the fridge — are designed to be parceled out. The next time you’re ready for a break from cooking, try one.
Baked Penne With Roasted Vegetables
This cheesy pasta casserole is classic comfort food similar to lasagna. But it’s a lot healthier — and quicker to prepare, too — thanks to a few simple ingredient swaps. Everyone at my house is happy to see this Baked Penne on the dinner table. Myself included, because I know it’ll yield enough leftovers for another meal or two.