TOP 10 Make Ahead Meals

Check out these make ahead meals that can be reheated quickly when you need it. Now you can have a fuss-free dinner on weekdays!

TOP 1 Bolognese Sauce

The classic Bolognese sauce is easy to whip up and can be made in a big batch. The remainders can be frozen and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. These are perfect as midweek dinners or for emergency use as you’ll only need to boil some pasta to go with it. Garnish with a fresh sprig of basil from your herb garden and you’ll have a mouthwatering plate of dinner in front of you!

 

TOP 2 Beef Stew

The hearty beef stew is another great dish that are perfect for making ahead. In fact, keeping this comforting dish in the fridge allows for more flavour to infuse into the beef and vegetable, making the dish more tasty with time. So go ahead and whip up a big batch, and store some in the fridge to be served together with mashed potatoes or rice on a busy day.

 

TOP 3 Chicken Curry

This popular Southeast Asian dish is made by simmering pieces of chicken and potatoes with an array of spices and coconut milk. The longer the cooking time, the better the flavour would be, which makes it a good dish to make ahead. The best chicken curries have tender and flavourful pieces of chicken and potatoes that have absorbed the flavours from the broth. Serve this savoury dish with rice for a complete meal!

 

TOP 4 Lasagna

Lasagnas comprise layers of sheet pastas and bolognese chicken or beef topped with cheese and baked. They are easy to make in a big batch, and reheats really well without a significant change in texture. However, do take note to cut them into your desired serving size before freezing as it would be tedious to cut up a frozen lasagna.

 

TOP 5 Chinese Braised Meat

Chinese braised meat is made by simmering pieces of pork belly with spices such as star anise, cinnamon and fennel. Soy sauce, black soy sauce, onions, garlic, ginger and rock sugar is also added to contribute to the flavour profile of the dish. The pork belly is simmered for at least an hour for it to be tender and flavourful. Eggs, tofu, beancurd skin or beancurd puff are sometimes added to complement the pork belly. Serve this hearty dish with a bowl of steaming hot rice and stir fried vegetables for a balanced meal.

 

TOP 6 Chinese Dumplings

Perhaps one of the most iconic dishes in Chinese cuisine, dumplings are widely eaten during Chinese New Year and on a day to day basis. Juicy pockets of minced meat and vegetables such as chives and cabbage are wrapped in a flour-based skin in a pleated pattern to yield this timeless delicacy. Wrap up a batch of these delicious dumplings and keep them in the freezer for a quick meal on busy days. They can be easily reheated by steaming or pan-frying.

 

TOP 7 Lentil Stew

Lentil stews are one of the most nutritious stews around, and are perfect for both vegans and non-vegans if no meat is added. Lentils are simmered with vegetables such as carrots, celery and tomatoes cut into small pieces along with spices such as onion, garlic and cumin to make this comforting stew. Simply heat it up and serve it with quinoa or rice for a nutrient boost.

 

TOP 8 Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a hugely popular Indian dish thanks to the mouthwatering combination of spices which leads to an intensely savoury sauce and pieces of tender, flavourful chicken. The chicken is tenderized using yoghurt while the gravy is thickened and made more flavourful with the usage of heavy cream and butter. This indulgent dish can be reheated easily and served with rice for a satisfying meal.

 

TOP 9 Fritters

Fritters come in many forms and can be made up of any ingredients you like. They pack a healthy dose of proteins and vegetables, and do not require much oil for pan frying. Some examples of well-loved fritter varieties include broccoli chicken fritters, shrimp fritters, zucchini fritters and salmon fritters. These savoury patties can be frozen and reheated simply by baking, toasting or just microwaving.

 

TOP 10 Pancakes

Pancakes are so easy to make and one portion typically gives multiple servings, resulting in leftovers and making them a prime candidate for make-ahead meals. They keep well in the fridge and can be easily reheated by baking or microwaving. To prevent pancakes from sticking to each other when placed in the freezer, put a piece of parchment paper between each slice of pancake so that you can take out any numbers of pancakes you like.

 

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