We've got a full house for several days and I'm doing some meal planing. Suppers are more or less planned (mostly made in advance and takeaways) but I'm a bit stumped for lunches that aren't just bread and cheese everyday. It's going to be really busy - I'm working nearly till Christmas - so quick and easy is important.
Criteria: - can be ready in no more than 20-30 mins ideally less) - no advance prep required (will already be snowed under with preparing dinners and of course Christmas lunch itself) - can feed up to 7 people, including vegetarians and fairly fussy children.
Hmm, looking at that list, maybe I should just stick with bread and cheese. But does anyone have some other ideas?
I'm going to do a big batch of soup, but won't it be boring to serve it too often? Jackets potatoes and eggs are a good idea. I think cheese on toast is a bit fiddly for 7 - you'd be looking at grilling14 pieces of toast.
- Soup - Quiche (use ready made pastry and then just mix up some eggs and bits an pieces before you bake) - Baked potatoes or sweet potatoes - microwave them first then just leave them to bake, ready made toppings like grated cheese, tinned tuna, baked beans that can be microwaved. - Pasta salad - cook it it in advance and then throw a dressing over it with left overs, cold meat, frozen peas, jarred antipasti etc - Omelettes - Sausage and root veg tray bake - peel and chop everything, chuck it in the oven to cook while you do something else - Nachos - Individual pizzas - buy the bases or use wraps, everyone choose their own toppings, a few minutes in the oven
Cook a nice big piece of gammon in advance - put on the table with bread, cheese, pate, salad, nice bread, chutney and pickled onions. Get someone to slice the gammon fairly thinly, in case you have a guest like my Dh, who'd cut it in doorsteps! If you're having turkey on the day, cold leftovers with cranberry sauce are nice.
One soup that is v nice and easy if you have a stick blender, and perfect in winter, is curried parsnip. Fry sliced onion till soft, add curry powder and fry a bit more, add chicken or veg stock and peeled parsnips cut in chunks, simmer till soft, whizz all up with stick blender. Fresh coriander garnish is nice but not essential. Incidentally this went down v well with a no dairy, no gluten, veggie (all for health reasons, not just faddy) guest we had not long ago - he had 3 helpings!
Surely you don't need 'proper' lunches, if you're eating dinner every night?
Cheese and crackers Soup and rolls Cook a load of sausages and have them in those bake at home baguettes with salad and chutney Hot dogs a good idea Hoummus etc with pitta and carrot sticks Bought sausagerolls/quiche and salad/bread