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No-Fail Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Weeknights often mean everyone tumbles into the house at 6:00 pm after work, practice, rehearsal and commuting. Or the family trickles in one at a time – heading home from one obligation and then heading out to another. Weeknight dinners are tricky.

Handle all these shifting schedules with easy make-ahead meals and all-in-one family-friendly casseroles that anyone can pop in the oven. We also love recipes that welcome substitutions – making last-minute dinners a breeze. Bonus points for meals that make even better leftovers!


Soups are easy to make on the weekend and reheat as needed during the week. Some of our favorite recipes can be maybe start to finish in about 40 minutes!

Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup 

Zesty Black Bean Soup Indian Red Lentil Soup


A well-stocked pantry and a few easy techniques mean a quick casserole is just steps away. Some of these recipes work for make-ahead options, but others take so little time to pull together, they’re easy enough to make the night of.

One Pot Chili Casserole Broccoli, Rice and Cheese Casserole

Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan New King Ranch Casserole

A Special Shout-Out

We’ve put this gratin through the ringer – swapping in whatever veggies we have in the refrigerator and doubling or even tripling the batch for a full meal, plus excellent leftovers.

Cabbage and Cheddar Gratin

What are your tricks for feeding the family on busy weeknights? What dishes do you turn to that make things easier? Share your tips and suggestions in the comments section below. 

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Clark Lare says …

Our family loves Whole Foods Market and we love your recipes!!! Thanks for sharing. -Clark

Joan Broom says …

Was at your store in Short Pump on Friday and had the Kale and Sweet Potatoe soup. Can't locate in your recipes. Can you tell me what's in it, this was great soup.

Debra L Marcocci says …

Love the tomato basil bisque soup in the prepared food sections. How often do you have this soup? Wexford PA store

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOAN - I was unable to find anything on our website recipe database so it must be an awesome creation from one of our in-house chefs. Check with the store directly and if they have a recipe, they will be happy to share it!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEBRA - This will be determined by the store. Check with them directly if they have a schedule they can share with you.

Lorena says …

I love your recipes,¡¡¡¡ Thanks for sharing.