Post # 1
Help! I need an idea 🙂
We are having friends over to dinner next week. My DS is two months old and just now starting to nap, so I volunteered to cook. I’m wanting something I can put together earlier in the day and just cook, because he sleeps best in the morning/early afternoon. HOWEVER, I just checked in with them, and the wife (who is pregnant) is not feeling chicken lately. I totally get it, because chicken was off the list when I was pregnant, too, but I have no make-ahead dishes that aren’t chicken-based. Any ideas?
Long story short, I need a cook-ahead (or assemble-ahead) meal without chicken.
Post # 3
Damn, I was totally going to suggest chicken tacos. How about spaghetti? I put frozen meatballs and spaghetti sauce in the crockpot for 6-8 hours and then all you have to do is make the noodles and salad/bread. Super easy and delicious!
Post # 4
when in doubt either do a crockpot recipe or stuffed shells pasta!
go on pintrest!
Post # 5
Crock pot beef tips.
Then all you have to do is boil the noodles and make a veggie and you are good to go! They are delicious 🙂
Post # 6
I made Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes last night and they were sooo good!
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion (diced)
1 large green pepper (diced)
8 oz beef broth
2 Tb steak sauce
Brown meat – add veggies until they are a bit tender – add the two liquids and bring to a bubble
THEN make the cheese sauce which is 1 TB butter and 1 TB flour and then add 1 cup of milk and then add 8 oz of provel cheese… whisk it unti it is smooth.
Toast buns and put meat on top then add cheese after that and serve immediately.
I like to put this stuff on nacho chips too and have it as an appetizer! It reheats perfectly.
Post # 7
I found an amazing recipe for chicken pot pies, but you can easily substitute the chicken for another protein like beef or turkey (or omit it entirely and go with an all vegetable meal).
My husband will literally eat anything but he asks for these pot pies by name, so I know they’re a keeper.
All you need is a little bit of filling (Meat, veggies, whatever you want), some puff pastry for the crust (only the top, it’s not a typical “enclosed” pot pie), a ramekin or personal casserole dish and bam — done. They bake for about 20 minutes to puff the top crust and they’re ready to serve.
Post # 8
What about shepherd’s pie, garlic bread, and a salad? You can stick the shepherd’s pie and garlic bread in the oven a little before dinner, but make everything ahead of time.
Post # 9
@Jess1483: You could always do a roast – the spice company McCormick has an awesome roast bag/seasoning pack that I love to use for these types of occassions! You basically put a chuck roast, potatoes (peeled & quartered), and some veggies (I do onions, bell peppers, carrots, and celery) in the bag that comes with the seasonings, add the seasonings & some water and you’re all set! I cut everything up & throw it in the bag the night before or morning of & then put it in the oven when I’m ready to cook it.
Here’s what the seasoning pack looks like:
Post # 10
Shepherd’s Pie is always good!
Post # 11
How about baked zitti with ground meat and garlic bread and salad on the side. … GL and have fun
Post # 12
lasagna or lasagna rolls? Easy to make ahead and cook that night. Or like a PP suggested, stuffed shells are good too.
Post # 13
@MariaW: I like this idea.
Also, how about some stuffed pork loin?
Its simple, just butterfly it and stuff it with some spinach, provolone and maybe bacon or roasted red peppers. Season the outside.
Then roast that night! Goes well with potatoes you can also throw in the oven. either sliced and roasted or whole baked potatos.
Then make a simple salad with sliced almonds, mandarinesm red onions (fresh are in season) and a lemon vinaigrette.
All pretty easy stuff that can be done ahead of time.
Post # 14
Sigh, now I want shepherd’s pie and have no ingredients with which to make it. Oh what I do to myself when it comes to food. =P
Post # 15
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what about some kind of bolognese sauce that you can just keep simmering and then pour over pasta when they get there? That with a big salad and maybe some garlic bread would be super easy
Post # 16
I almost always do salmon for guests and it’s easy to do ahead of time! Prep it all in the pan you’ll broil/bake it in and stick it in the fridge. You can do something easy like rice or baked potatoes and cut/season/prep veggies to roast in the oven as well.
Lasagna, or kabobs (super easy to do the night before), shrimp scampi, grilled steak tacos…anything sound good? Have fun!