The best dishes to make and freeze ahead for dinner

Ben Mims
Cheesy, comforting baked mac 'n' cheese is a great dish to make and freeze for dinners later in the week. Prop styling by Nidia Cueva.  (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

Even though you have all the time in the world right now to cook, you’ve probably already realized that cooking every meal every day is, well, a chore! I'm sure you don't want to devote every waking minute you have to stirring things in a pot then washing a million dishes even when all you have is infinite minutes.

So, here are some one-pot recipes you can make this weekend, then wrap up and freeze for dinners next week and beyond. Cheesy, saucy baked pasta dishes like lasagna, Greek moussaka and pastitsio, and mac 'n' cheese work wonderfully here. As do old-fashioned casseroles and stuffing (yeah, it’s not Thanksgiving, but it’s carbs and comfort, and that’s what we need right now).

Whenever you're ready to eat, pop them in the oven (assemble them in disposable foil pans if you want to keep cleanup easy, though you have more time than ever to scrub your dishes) and do something else with the hours you’ve gained back in your day, like, ya know, put together a jigsaw puzzle or finish that novel you started four years ago that you swore you’d get around to on Monday.