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[slideshow] Weeknights are busy and it’s tough to schedule the time to cook a homemade meal. Don’t sacrifice taste for convenience! You don’t have to rely on less-than-appetizing store bought frozen meals or ridiculously unhealthy takeout and delivery options. These 12 make-ahead meals are great to cook on the weekend and then freeze for quick dinners throughout the week. 1. Pizza: Frozen pizza is a classic for a reason. But instead of going with the convenient but not particularly tasty store bought variety, opt for this homemade version. (Recipe and photo: America’s Test Kitchen Feed) 2. Pork Dumplings: These little guys are perfectly portioned out so you can heat one up for a snack or several up for a quick dinner. (Recipe and photo: Take it and Like it) 3. Thai Peanut Noodles: This homemade dish is so, so much better than takeout. Nuke it and dig in to this flavorful ethnic-inspired dish. (Recipe and photo: Once a Month Mom) 4. Calzones: We all know calzones are pizza’s cuter cousin. Here’s a yummy way to make your own, freeze them, and heat ‘em up whenever you get a craving. (Recipe and photo: The Kitchn) 5. Baked Shrimp Scampi: Just because something’s easy to make doesn’t mean it has to be plain. This shrimp scampi is the perfect way to add a little bit of excitement to a quick dinner. (Recipe and photo: What’s Cookin, Chicago?) 6. Burritos with Cilantro-Lime Rice: Nothing says “quick dinner” quite like heating up a frozen burrito. Show off your creativity by using this recipe as a base and personalizing it to your taste. (Recipe and photo: Of Soup and Love) 7. Butternut Squash Whole-Wheat Mac and Cheese: A healthy take on a traditional comfort food, this mac and cheese is a must for making and freezing to heat up on cozy fall nights. (Recipe and photo: Simple Bites) 8. Baked Chicken Penne: This creamy pasta complete with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and mushrooms is sure to be a hit with the family or any unexpected guests. (Recipe and photo: Our Best Bites) 9. Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps: This dish is a healthy and quick option for a dinner or appetizer. Grab seconds: it’s easy and guilt-free! (Recipe and photo: The Yummy Life) 10. Stuffed Green Peppers: We’re loving this fun preparation of a filling dinner. Already portioned out, just grab, heat, and eat. (Recipe and photo: Add a Pinch) 11. Bagel Bites: Does anyone else remember the deliciousness of Bagel Bites, those little microwaveable pizza bagels? This is basically the homemade version of that. Channel your childhood and grab them for a super-quick dinner. (Recipe and photo: Food.com) 12. Lasagna Cupcakes: Lasagna is a super freezer-friendly food... when you’re cooking for a large family. But when you’re cooking for just one or two, it doesn’t make sense to heat up a whole lasagna. Lasagna cupcakes to the rescue! These are the best savory use of muffin tins since our Mac and Cheese Muffins ;) (Recipe and photo: Quick Dish) Do you have a favorite freezer-friendly recipe? How do you eat well on a busy schedule? Talk to us in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Weeknights are busy and it’s tough to schedule the time to cook a homemade meal. Don’t sacrifice taste for convenience! You don’t have to rely on less-than-appetizing store bought frozen meals or ridiculously unhealthy takeout and delivery options. These 12 make-ahead meals are great to cook on the weekend and then freeze for quick dinners throughout the week.

1. Pizza: Frozen pizza is a classic for a reason. But instead of going with the convenient but not particularly tasty store bought variety, opt for this homemade version. (Recipe and photo: America’s Test Kitchen Feed)

2.

: These little guys are perfectly portioned out so you can heat one up for a snack or several up for a quick dinner.

(Recipe and photo: Take it and Like it)

3.

: This homemade dish is so, so much better than takeout. Nuke it and dig in to this flavorful ethnic-inspired dish.

(Recipe and photo: Once a Month Mom)

4.

: We all know calzones are pizza’s cuter cousin. Here’s a yummy way to make your own, freeze them, and heat ‘em up whenever you get a craving.

(Recipe and photo: The Kitchn)

5.

: Just because something’s easy to make doesn’t mean it has to be plain. This shrimp scampi is the perfect way to add a little bit of excitement to a quick dinner.

(Recipe and photo: What’s Cookin, Chicago?)

6.

: Nothing says “quick dinner” quite like heating up a frozen burrito. Show off your creativity by using this recipe as a base and personalizing it to your taste.

(Recipe and photo: Of Soup and Love)

7.

: A healthy take on a traditional comfort food, this mac and cheese is a must for making and freezing to heat up on cozy fall nights.

(Recipe and photo: Simple Bites)

8.

: This creamy pasta complete with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and mushrooms is sure to be a hit with the family or any unexpected guests.

(Recipe and photo: Our Best Bites)

9.

: This dish is a healthy and quick option for a dinner or appetizer. Grab seconds: it’s easy and guilt-free!

(Recipe and photo: The Yummy Life)

10.

: We’re loving this fun preparation of a filling dinner. Already portioned out, just grab, heat, and eat.

(Recipe and photo: Add a Pinch)

11.

: Does anyone else remember the deliciousness of Bagel Bites, those little microwaveable pizza bagels? This is basically the homemade version of that. Channel your childhood and grab them for a super-quick dinner.

(Recipe and photo: Food.com)

12.

: Lasagna is a super freezer-friendly food… when you’re cooking for a large family. But when you’re cooking for just one or two, it doesn’t make sense to heat up a whole lasagna. Lasagna cupcakes to the rescue! These are the best savory use of muffin tins since our

;)

(Recipe and photo: Quick Dish)

Do you have a favorite freezer-friendly recipe? How do you eat well on a busy schedule? Talk to us in the comments below or over on Twitter.