12 Tasty Make-Ahead Meals For Spring

Springtime is here — that means many would probably rather spend time enjoying the beautiful weather than cooking over a stove.

For those people, here’s a list of tastefully spring recipes to make-ahead to save time and money.

Plan one of these make-ahead meals to eat like royalty all week long:

Grainy salads

Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Fontina
This hearty dish is perfect for lunch or dinner — full of flavor, and colorful, too.

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Wild Rice and Mixed Greens Salad
A lighter dish that’ll still leave those who eat it full and satisfied — beautifully pieced together with wild rice, chickpeas, dates, cashews, celery and mixed greens.

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Quinoa-Avocado Salad
Easily substitute farro in this sweet and nutty flavored dish. Great as side dish or main course — try adding some fish or grilled meats for extra protein.

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It can be a challenge to cook quinoa just right, so here are some tips on how to cook fluffy, tasty quinoa every time.

Paleo Chicken Salad with Apricots and Almonds
This springtime salad is light and tasty, with only 200 calories!

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Stews and chilis

Coconut Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew
A sweet, creamy and heart-warming dish that can be served as stew or over a bed of rice. Just as tasty when warmed and warmed again.

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Veggie Chili
A simple, favorite vegetarian chili filled with oodles of vegetables and natural flavors that can’t be beaten.

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Slow-Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken and Vegetables
Put that dusty crockpot to use and be adventurous with this aromatic, flavorful, and colorful dish, even better over a bed of rice.

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Carb-o-licious dishes

Chicken and Bacon Carbonara
Super simple and oober freezable. Perfect for a quick meal to serve many.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
A zesty, cheesy way to spice up a meal time. Pairs well with chicken and a glass of chardonnay.

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Portobello Fried Brown Rice
Ready in 30-minutes, this dish will surely satisfy lunch or dinner needs — complete with an authentic asian influence.

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Bite-ables

Crustless Veggie Mini Quiches
So simple. SO bite-able.

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Mini bagel pizzas
Cute little cheesy, gooey bites of pizza goodness.

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There will be days you want to spend outside having fun in the sun or indulging in some most-deserved springtime soft-serve ice cream. It’s spring after all; it’s time to refresh. Plan ahead and use free time for anything but meal prepping — you’ll be glad you did.

This article was written by Erin Crowley for The Daily Clutch

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