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Q: I need to feed dinner to my book club. It has to be vegetarian, and it has to be almost entirely made ahead of time. I have to work late that day, and everyone will arrive at my house about 30 minutes after I do! Any suggestions?

Sent by Sherri

Editor: Sherri, I love this chana masala — it's better after a night in the fridge! So when you come home, warm it up, make some rice and maybe a cucumber salad and you're set. You could finish off the meal with this mango panna cotta (also make-ahead).

Readers, what else do you suggest?

Related: Our Readers' Favorite Vegetarian Dinner Party Dishes

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