Rushing home to cook a meal is usually the last thing you want to do after a busy day. Since you can't get takeout every night, try these easy dinners that you can make in advance to save you time. These three recipes actually taste better a day or two after cooking!
Three Make-Ahead Dinners
Beef stew begs to be made ahead. You can use your favorite recipe or try this easy one. Lightly coat one pound of 1/2 cubes of steak in flour. Saute until brown in a heavy-bottom pot. Remove meat, saute one diced onion and a tablespoon of minced garlic. Return meat to pot and add enough beef stock to cover, and cook covered over medium-low heat until tender. Add two cubed potatoes and two carrots. Cook until done. Store in the fridge, reheat and season to taste.
This vegetarian salad is hearty enough for a light dinner. Rinse two 15-ounce cans of chickpeas and dump in a bowl. Peel and remove the seeds of a large cucumber. Dice the cucumber and add to the chickpeas. Open a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil and add to the bowl. Stir and store in the fridge. Before serving, add the juice of one-half of a lemon and season to taste.
Cold Fried Chicken
Believe it or not, cold fried chicken is actually delicious! Use your family recipe or try this one. Combine a pint of buttermilk, two tablespoons of Kosher salt and a teaspoon of fresh pepper. Soak three pounds of mixed chicken parts in the fridge for two or three hours, Meanwhile combine 1 cup of self-rising flour, a teaspoon each of paprika and garlic powder. Dredge chicken in flour mixture and fry in 350-degree oil for around 15 minutes until cooked through. Let cool on a wire rack and refrigerate.
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