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Make Ahead Dinner Recipes

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“My healthy prep-ahead skewers are easy to grill at the last minute, making them handy for time-pressed days. Red pepper flakes add a nice bite. Serve with steamed rice or broccoli.” —Dawn E. Bryant, Hershey, Nebraska
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Lemon Barbecued Chicken

Lemon Barbecued Chicken

Lemon Barbecued Chicken

My husband loves chicken, so when we bought our first charcoal grill, we needed a recipe for barbecued chicken. We ended up combining two recipes to come up with this one. We've used it the past 3 or 4 years now and haven't come across any recipe that's better.

Pork with Peach Picante Sauce

Pork with Peach Picante Sauce

Pork with Peach Picante Sauce

When fresh peaches are in season, I cook these pork ribs up for family and friends. I love the recipe because I only need six ingredients, the slow cooker does the work for me and the ribs turn out tender and tasty.—Connie Jenista, Valrico, Florida

Make-Ahead Lasagna

Make-Ahead Lasagna

Make-Ahead Lasagna

This is an old standby when time's limited and guests are expected for dinner. It's a combination of several easy lasagna recipes I have tried over the years. —Mary Grimm, Williamsburg, Iowa
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Grilled Ginger Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Ginger Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Ginger Pork Tenderloin

Michelle Sanders of Fraser Lake, British Columbia says that this pork tenderloin is absolutely delicious and great for entertaining. Why? The quick prep is done ahead of time, and the grilling is so simple. "This dish is fool-proof!” she adds.

Sweet 'n' Sour Chops

Sweet 'n' Sour Chops

Sweet 'n' Sour Chops

Since there's a lot of pork produced in the Midwest, I think this recipe represents our area well. My family likes to grill pork chops, and this is the recipe that they request most often. We love the sweet/sour tang of the marinade.

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

“My husband loves pork chops. They're a good source of lean protein and it's easy to change the flavor by using different spices. I created this marinade based on a few I saw in Healthy Cooking.” Jackie Termont - Richmond, Virginia

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Perfect for a backyard barbecue or an afternoon tailgate, these cheesy chops from Marcia Obenhaus of Princeton, Illinois will hit the spot at any time and any place!

Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

My husband, Dave, and I have been in a dinner group with three other couples for a few years. We often share our recipes. This grilled pork was served by one of the couples, and I decided to "pear" it with this fabulous salsa. —Suzan Ward, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Whiskey Sirloin Steak for Two

Whiskey Sirloin Steak for Two

Whiskey Sirloin Steak for Two

Moist, tender and slightly sweet from the marinade, this juicy steak boasts wonderful flavor and oh-so-easy preparation. Serve with potatoes and a green vegetable for a complete meal. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Grilled is a different and fun way to prepare whole turkey. My mom has served this main dish for special occasions, "Christmas in July" and weddings at her home.

Herbed Chicken Quarters

Herbed Chicken Quarters

Herbed Chicken Quarters

We often grill chicken in the summer, and this herbed version is a big hit with our family. We own a cheese and specialty food store called The Boulevard Market in nearby Tecumseh. I frequently host cooking classes at the store and have featured this chicken. Students are sent home with this recipe and always say their families enjoyed it! -Erika Aylward, Clinton, Michigan
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