Here are some useful recipes that complete any main recipe. For example, if a recipe calls for vallarta beans you’re not going to use any old canned beans. You’re going to soak your beans the day before and cook them in the morning. Or hominy: we’re not using the canned stuff. I mean, if it comes down to the wire, do it. But you should feel guilty.
Great meals take time to prepare. Planning is important. I wholeheartedly recommend you try to make everything from scratch. You and your guests will die happier knowing you’ve taken that extra step.