What are some of your favorite make-ahead meals?
I have been asked to provide a meal for someone who recently lost a family member. I thought about the standards like meatloaf, beef stew and baked ziti. But I think I would like to make something a little more unique. What are your favorites? If you can share the recipe or a link or even just a description of how you make it, I would really appreciate it.
You could do chili with cornbread. I like bow-tie pasta with pesto (1/2 small jar) mushrooms (1 container) sun-dried tomatoes (20 strips or half larger jar) you can eat it hot or cold which is nice, you can also add Romano cheese or pine-nuts. I like to make a salad with chicken breast made on the side they can add when they serve. i love lasagna. you could do a lentil salad or a Tuscan bean salad with sandwiches for a lunch meal. You could do soup and salad and bread come to think about it. chicken pot pies is a thought as they freeze well. Sheppard pie too. quiche for brunch with a fruit basket would be nice... coffee and coffee cake as well.
Curried Cream of Chicken Soup from Silver Palate
I love this soup and have made it usually the original way noted in the writing, but the shortcut would work I am sure. I made it with hot curry powder and some cayenne and have given it many times to people. It does freeze well.
Tamales--because if you're going to go to the trouble of making them, you want enough for freezer stash anyway.
I've made meat filled and the sweet corn/cheese/pepper ones from Rick Bayless' website and both are amazing.
How about a chicken pot pie? It's good and seasonal. I like to top it with a biscuit topping. Just make sure your veggies - I like peas, carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms - are already cooked. Make a roux then cook it into chicken broth and white wine, then season with dill and some cream. Stir in your shredded chicken and ocoked veggies, top with your topping and bake.
Lots of great suggestions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/810644
Curries freeze really well and can be very comforting when feeling ill (Nepalese Dal Bhat and a Split Pea Sal with Ginger and Lime come to mind). Soups also fit the bill (beef and barley, red lentil and cumin soup). I'd try to making something filled with lots of vegetables, beans, grains, etc. instead of sugary, fatty foods.