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Best quick & filling food options when cooking for house guests?

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Hi everyone, I have some family guests that are staying with me for 1 week. It's all fun and games but I need to prep a shopping list and have some meals ready for their stay for lunch & dinner ideally. All suggestions welcome!

asked by Inga Orlova about 2 years ago
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added about 2 years ago

For breakfast options; french toast or breakfast sandwiches! Lunch could be as simple as soups w/ grilled cheese. For dinner, any pasta dishes are always a quick and easy way to go!
Hope this help! :D x

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added about 2 years ago

Thanks K'lee, I totally forgot about breakfast so you rock. I agree with the ideas, just need to stock up my fridge and do a pantry check. Pancakes with some mixed berries can also work... need to get to shopping!

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SKK
added about 2 years ago

This dish is from Hillary Bee is wonderful for breakfast or lunch and can be made ahead. https://food52.com/recipes... The recipe is incredibly versatile. https://food52.com/recipes... from dymnyno is spectacular. You can make the components ahead if you like, or all at once and just freeze. This does not have to be made ahead and it is so simple and delicious https://food52.com/recipes.... This is an amazing appetizer https://food52.com/recipes... And this meat-loaf https://food52.com/recipes...

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added about 2 years ago

Thanks SKK!! This is very helpful.

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added about 2 years ago

Having just cooked for a group in house (I was the guest, though...

Here is a formula for a puffy frittata/crustless quiche 8 eggs to 2/3rd cup of milk, plus 1/2 c parmesan cheese shreds and salt and pepper. Pour into hot pan with your warmed filling and finish in the oven. Saute onion and pepper and add any leftovers. I've used leftover sausage and chopped up meatballs from spaghetti dinner. Use vegetables left from dinner, spinach, zucchini too. You can use leftover spaghetti noodles or diced potatoes for filler. This made 10 servings and worked great cold or reheated the next day.

If you make a fancy salmon dinner (I made salmon with red thai curry and asian slaw from Terra--google it), cook extra and make salmon cakes for lunch, skip one day. You can even mix with canned to strech it. I love this cooking light recipe, I'm glad I just found it again. (Just use regular eggs if you want.) A couple small cakes and a salad is a nice meal.
http://www.myrecipes.com...

I also always do simmered (crockpot) shredded chicken with chicken taco seasoning and tomato paste to keep on hand, freezes well too. I made chicken enchiladas, one pan red, one pan green, just using canned sauce because I needed something quick. This also made good leftovers. Plus the leftover shredded chicken was used for make your own burritos using leftover beans and rice from the meal. This might be great with Oranges and Jicama salad, maybe make with tangerines as they are just in season.

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added about 2 years ago

Great ideas, just what I needed! Thank you.

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added about 2 years ago

I would try to make as much ahead of time (dishes that can be frozen) so you'll have plenty of time to spend with your guests and not be 'stuck' in the kitchen all the time (then again, when my in-laws visit, I make sure to make nothing ahead of time so that I can spend most of my time in the kitchen instead of with them...). Dishes like lasagne, meat loaf, chicken pot pie, and chili are great dishes to partially make ahead and freeze. For the chicken pot pie, just make the filling and freeze it; on the day you're serving it, top the dish with puffed pastry before baking. You could also make a big batch of meatballs and a simple tomato sauce and keep them in the freezer.

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Pegeen

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added about 2 years ago

Lots of great recipes in the One Pot Meal contest:
https://food52.com/contests...