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#1 of 6 Old 08-15-2014, 04:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Help with weekend lunch ideas

I should totally be able to figure this out, but I'm totally tapped out of meal planning ideas when it comes to weekend lunches. My meal plan for the week is pretty solid, with breakfast and lunch for my DD and I planned out by the day, then various guidelines for planning each night's dinner (i.e. one night we have fish, one night we have a big meat meal, another night we use the extra meat in a soup/pasta, etc.). That all gets planned out in advance. Here are the requirements for weekend lunches:

* DBF is home, so it has to be substantial, like a supper
* it should be quicker than a regular dinner
* it should be an opportunity to use up scraps of stuff before shopping day
* I'd like at least one of the days to be wheat free, since we have wheaty breakfasts both days and pizza or burgers many Sat nights

I had planned on a quick soup one day and a quesadilla the other, and those work great sometimes, but I need a few more open-ended ideas on that same vein. This week, for example, we've had for supper 3 days already and my DD will revolt if I try to serve her another soup tomorrow
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Pasta salad has infinite variations, as do wraps. Tacos are also good.

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Cous cous is good for using up leftover. Roast or grilled veggies, leafy greens, some toasted nuts if you want too, shredded/small chunks of meat. Then dress with an olive oil/vinegar/maple syrup dressing. Or leftover gravy if you have it.

Fried rice is another good one for using bits of things.
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Thanks for the extra ideas! Fried rice would be a good one on a week that I already have rice on the menu. I can cook up a little extra so that it's available for Saturday. And pasta salad is something I just never think to make, but a great idea because I could make it ahead. We often end up on a tight schedule over the weekend, and an overly ambitious lunch plan turns into fast food. I'm trying to avoid that...
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What about just toasted sandwiches? Or untoasted sandwiches? Get some nice bread or rolls, cheese, tomato, leafy greens, leftover roast meat of any sort if you have it. If not, ham, salami, tinned tuna/salmon (or no meat at all), mayo/chutney/Dijon mustard. Yum!
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Beans? Once they're cooked--or if you're willing to use canned beans, just rinse them--they are quick to make into all kinds of things, like these Bean Wraps or these cheeseburger-flavored beans. (Serve with leftover potatoes or rice if you don't want to eat wheat buns.) Masoor Dal is pretty quick even from dried lentils.

This meal uses canned salmon (or you could make it with tuna or any leftover cooked fish or poultry), any kind of raw or cooked greens, and a carb that could be leftover pre-cooked: Lemon Creamy Salmon with Tangy Greens.

Hummus, raw veggies, and pita bread. If that's not enough of a meal for you, while you're getting it ready you can cook Loubie from either fresh or canned green beans and tomatoes.

Fantastic Foods makes a delicious falafel mix with no scary ingredients that we can buy in bulk at the food co-op; a lot of other stores have it in small boxes. You just mix a bowlful with water, let stand a little while, then shape into blobs and either fry them or (this is much easier and less messy) bake them in a well-greased mini muffin pan or on a cookie sheet.

Big salad using up odds and ends of raw vegetables, with tofu or leftover meat in a tasty sauce either on top of the salad or on the side.

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