Published on February 12, 2019

Photography by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Nathaniel James, Food Styling by Laura Rege Pin It
Photography by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Nathaniel James, Food Styling by Laura Rege

When it comes to making dinner during weeknights, far too often we fall prey to laziness, succumbing to makeshift combinations of the random odds and ends we have in the fridge, frozen fare, or takeout. And while this may be appropriate on occasion, something hearty and fulfilling can definitely go a long way.

Enter the big-batch recipes you’ll be making all week long—prime for an impromptu fete or even lunch for the days after. Whether you’re serving dinner for a crowd or meal prepping for the busy workweek, allow the recipes ahead to inspire a change in your current rotation.

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Farmers Market Hummus

Hummus is the ultimate make-ahead snack. Healthy, fulfilling, and compatible with just about every chip or veggie imaginable, this loaded, jumbo version from Half Baked Harvest will surely hit the spot.

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Courtesy of The Modern Proper

Steak Bites With Sweet Potatoes

This Whole30-friendly dinner from The Modern Proper takes your standard steak and potatoes and elevates it with a garlic-spiced curry aioli.

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Courtesy of A Pinch of Yum

Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera

Loaded with peas, asparagus, and a pesto-Parm filling, consider this slow-cooker staple from A Pinch of Yum an ideal alternative to pasta.

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Photo by James Ransom for Food52

A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre

We love chickpeas for their versatility and ability to pair perfectly with a wide array of dishes and ingredients. Food52’s version entails a mouthwatering mix of chorizo sausages and an inspired medley of spices.

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Courtesy of The Modern Proper 

Swedish Meatballs

Cozy, filling, and creamy to the point of perfection—The Modern Proper’s take on this Swedish classic is guaranteed to spice up your weeknight meals.

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Photography by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Nathaniel James, Food Styling by Laura Rege

Braised Beef

Boneless short ribs braised in a sultry garlic and tomato mix served on a creamy polenta base is the sort of midweek pick-me-up we all need. Epicurious’s rendition of the classic can be paired with soups, tacos, and so much more.

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Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Miso-Tahini Sauce

Sweet potatoes are the sort of side you can make ahead and serve with just about any main. Bon Appetit’s version comes with a three-ingredient miso-tahini sauce that’s rumored to be nearly addictive.

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Courtesy of Jar of Lemons

Veggie-Loaded Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Cold winter nights were made for warm bowls of chili, and this veggie-loaded version from Jar of Lemons certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu With Polenta

Braised in a rich broth of tomatoes, red wine, and fresh spices, A Pinch of Yum’s beef ragu is the sort of hearty dish that deserves a spot in your weekly lineup.

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Photo by Bobbi Lin

Sheet Pan Chicken With Broccoli, Chickpeas, and Parmesan

You can never go wrong with sheet pan dinner, especially when you’re serving a crowd. This spice-rubbed, crispy chicken and broccoli combo from Food52 is also perfect for lunch the day after.

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Courtesy of The Cookie Rookie

Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe With Cream Cheese

Dubbed as the ultimate comfort food, The Cookie Rookie’s chicken chili is loaded with flavor thanks to a generous blend of spices and its cheesy avocado garnish.