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18. Steam rice to serve later as a side dish (reheat it with a few spoonfuls of water, covered, in the microwave), or as the base for an easy skillet-chicken dinner—it'll keep in the fridge for at least four days.

19. Cook barley for potpies or to use in a dinner bowl; refrigerate until you need it.

20. Boil pasta. Drain it before it's fully cooked, since it will finish cooking when you reheat it. Drizzle the pasta with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and toss, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to five days. To reheat, place whatever sauce you are using in a large sauté pan with high sides, heat the sauce, add the pasta and stir until hot.