Day-Before Dinner Preparation Checklist

Prep these ingredients up to a day in advance to avoid the predinner rush.

  1. Check Wash, trim, and chop vegetables and herbs.

    Bag and refrigerate.

  2. Check Peel and cut up potatoes.

    Place in a bowl, cover with water, and refrigerate.

  3. Check Blanch green beans, broccoli, and other green vegetables.

    Cook in boiling water until crisp-tender. Run under cold water to cool; drain and refrigerate.

  4. Check Make green salad.

    Don’t dress it; place in a bowl, cover with a damp paper towel, and refrigerate.

  5. Check Grate cheese.


  6. Check Marinate meat.


  7. Check Cook rice.

    Refrigerate; reheat in microwave.

  8. Check Cook pasta.

    Toss with olive oil and refrigerate; reheat in microwave.