The Make-Ahead Cook: 8 Smart Strategies for Dinner Tonight

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Make it ahead—and relax.

150 reliable recipes


What kind of cook are you?

Do you like to cook all weekend just to stock your freezer? Do you like to prep Tuesday night’s dinner on Monday night? Will you follow a precise shopping and prep plan that yields three great weeknight dinners with a minimum of fuss? Or would you rather do a little prep in the early morning, turn on your slow cooker, and have dinner waiting for you when you hit the door? While most make-ahead cookbooks focus entirely on stocking your freezer with complete meals or meal components, this book takes a new approach. Yes, you will find a chapter devoted to dinners from the freezer, but you will also find seven other creative chapters that show you how a little advance work can reap huge benefits. You can choose your style of make-ahead cooking depending on your temperament, your schedule, and your family’s needs. You pick the lane. We’ve done all the planning for you, leaving nothing to chance.

Turkey BurgerTurkey Burger

Indian CurryIndian Curry

Eggplant CasseroleEggplant Casserole

Overnight Kale SaladOvernight Kale Salad

Prep Ahead: Ready-to-Cook Meals

Oven-ready entrées that take a minimal amount of work the night before mean a great meal with little effort the next day. With these recipes, you can prep for tomorrow’s meal while tonight’s supper cooks or spend 20 minutes getting dinner ready in the morning, then pop it straight into the oven after work.

Reheat and Eat: Make-Ahead Stews and Braises

Stews and braises are some of the most time-intensive dishes to make because they require long, gentle cooking to tenderize tough cuts of meat and develop deeply flavored broths and sauces. But making these dishes ahead of time allows you to take advantage of the time the dish spends cooling and resting until you’re ready to reheat it.

Bake and Serve: Oven-Ready Casseroles

To make versions of all of our favorite casseroles—from chicken pot pie to classic lasagna—that could be made ahead, we had to reengineer our recipes. Parcooking pasta and vegetables so they’d turn tender as the casserole baked and making loose sauces that wouldn’t overthicken in the oven were a couple of the tricks we used to keep our casseroles tasting just as good as traditional versions.

From Fridge to Table: Ready-to-Serve Entrées

Whether you’re in the mood for a healthy dinner, need something easy to bring to a potluck or picnic, or just want to avoid cranking up the oven on a hot summer night, dinners ready to serve straight from the fridge are great options to save time and energy. And you’d be surprised at the range of food that tastes great served cold—this chapter includes fried chicken, poached salmon, and chilled Asian noodle dishes along with a wide variety of fresh, inventive salads.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ America’s Test Kitchen; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2014)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1936493845
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1936493845
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.99 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.13 inches
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