Think you’ll never win at weeknight meals? Think again. This plan requires a little sacrifice—two hours on a weekend—but the payoff is huge: a mix-and-match stash of building blocks to create easier, faster dinners all week long.

By Real Simple
Updated January 13, 2016
Marcus Nilsson

To busy parents managing a hectic family schedule, the thought of making dinner on weeknights (and having it on the table before bedtime) can feel downright impossible. And it’s true—starting from scratch every day of the week is a mighty feat. Our solution? Use weekend time to prep. Two hours of washing, chopping, and roasting on Sunday can mean a week of miraculous meals. Before long, you’ll be serving mac and cheese, ricotta meatballs, and kale salad to your family—and at a normal hour, to boot.