Real Simple Recipes Cooking Tips & Techniques Food Preparation Day-Before Dinner Preparation Checklist Day-Before Dinner Preparation Checklist Prep these ingredients up to a day in advance to avoid the predinner rush. Advertisement Save FB Tweet ellipsis More Pinterest Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Image zoom Henckels Checklist Wash, trim, and chop vegetables and herbs. Bag and refrigerate. Peel and cut up potatoes. Place in a bowl, cover with water, and refrigerate. Blanch green beans, broccoli, and other green vegetables. Cook in boiling water until crisp-tender. Run under cold water to cool; drain and refrigerate. Make green salad. Don’t dress it; place in a bowl, cover with a damp paper towel, and refrigerate. Grate cheese. Refrigerate. Marinate meat. Refrigerate. Cook rice. Refrigerate; reheat in microwave. Cook pasta. Toss with olive oil and refrigerate; reheat in microwave.