I got out stew beef. I didn't really plan out what I was going to make ahead. I know that it really SHOULD be stewed, but we don't care too much about tough meat. So it's not such a huge problem. I make chili with stew beef all the time that only cooks about an hour before we eat it. It's fine for us.
I suppose I COULD go ahead and make chili... just doesn't sound good to me. Frankly, I'd be happy to eat it raw or marinated with olive oil and lemon juice if it were just me. ;D But I have the husband to feed, too. HE doesn't like raw meat. :)
So, just something creative, or comfortable, or just... ideas.
Assume a well-stocked pantry/spice cupboard with a lot of ethnic options.