Surprise Meal for Friends Returning from a Trip?

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Q: Quick! What is a nice, surprise meal to make for friends returning from a trip?

They will be tired, and won't want to cook dinner. I thought I'd leave something in their fridge that they can easily heat up. Maybe something with the slow cooker? They are not vegetarians, and have been cutting back the carbs.

Sent by Tracy

Editor: Tracy, wow — how kind of you! What about this simple chicken recipe from a couple weeks ago?

Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère

It would keep and heat up very well. Really any braised meat or stew would be perfect — maybe with a loaf of fresh bread, or a small pot of rice?

Readers, what else would you suggest?


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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.