what is your best 'prepare the night before, then shove in the oven' recipe.
i love preparing meals the night before so i use my crock pot quite a bit. Now looking for recipes that I can assemble the night before and just shove in the oven the next day. (Or variations of that theme.) Thanks.
gUESS i AM LOOKING FOR MAKE AHEAD MEALS!
I don't know if this is my best - but I did this last week on accident really as something came up last minute and we were not home for dinner. I made jambalaya preparing everything in advance except for adding the rice. I like to cook mine in a dutch oven. I browned the meat and vegetables and added chicken broth, a good slug of white wine and a can of chopped tomatoes and then the seasoning and stuck it all in the refrigerator for the kids to stir in the rice and pop into the oven so dinner would be ready when I got home. However, we ended up eating the next night instead and I think it tasted even better than normal....
This post reminds me of my go-to Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Overnight Quiche: Mix up the eggs and milk, line a 9x14 with a layer of bread topped with chopped bacon, scallion, shredded cheese (whatever quiche ingredients you like) and pour egg over top, cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning when everone is getting up and doing the crazy holiday thing stick it in the oven and breakfast is on the table in 30 minutes!
Not quite "shove in the oven", but if I have time, I cut up all the veges and meat for a stir fry so that I can just throw it all n the wok the next evening. The vegetables (except for onion), I soak in water in the fridge and throw them in a colander as soon as I get home - that way they stay crisp.
I try to do several nights worth of dinners on Sunday afternoon/evening.
I also prep my salad veggies, (wash the lettuce, peel the carrots, clean the celery, etc.), so a salad is easy to throw together.
Some of the standards:
Spaghetti Sauce, (Meat or Tomato)
Taco meat, (Picadillo)
Chicken Curry, (Indian/Thai)
Beef Stroganoff, (last night)
Meatballs, (I make these in quantity and freeze them for spaghetti or sandwiches)
Beefy Mushroomy Stuff, (That's its real name!)
Beef or Chicken Enchiladas
Rice (for Fried Rice)
Italian Sausages, (Tonight's Dinner)
I'm a single dad, so figuring out to get food on the table during the week was a necessity. I started out doctoring up Ragu and Hamburger Helper until I realized that I could do better.
I second the baked pasta suggestion. If you use fresh pasta sheets, you don't have to precook them and the prep is pretty fast, too.
Chicken Marbella is an excellent one --
chicken in pieces, olives, prunes or any dried fruit, garlic, olive oil, oregano, bay leaves, capers --- all marinates in a giant Ziploc overnight, then arrange in a baking dish sprinkle on some brown sugar, pour over a little wine and POP! into the 350 oven it goes for 50 minutes to an hour. I have brought this as a Thanksgiving main dish to rave rave rave reviews. Actually, I brought it to Christmas at my aunt's this year (I had forgotten) and every single guest went wild for it. It is pretty and festive enough for holiday, or great for a weeknight too. Leftovers = yummy sandwiches.