None of my go-to recipes meet the criteria
Some friends had a baby and I signed up to take them dinner later this month. I had a dish in mind, but then I was told that the couple requested: no dairy, no shellfish, microwavable, and "healthy". (The dish I was going to make included shrimp and feta!) They would also like the meal delivered at 5:30, which means I will have to take it to them immediately after work.
It seems that all of my usual recipes include cheese of some sort or need to be served immediately. I want to come up with something somewhat original and delicous; I am only one of about 20 people doing this which leads me to believe they are going to get their fill of non-dairy pasta dishes.
Recipes and general ides appreciated. Thanks.
A big pot of soup (chicken, minestrone, mushroom barley, etc.), a loaf of great bread, a salad (a salad in a big and a few extra veggies you could cut up right when you leave work), a few pieces of fruit, and some cookies. If you're extra generous you could add in a roast chicken (cooked and cooled the night before, then they could warm it up).
Minestrone soup with lots of veggies, cannelini, and tiny meatballs. I usually make chicken but you could do beef or turkey. Use alphabet noodles instead of a larger pasta (new baby, ABC's).
Or how about mushroom and barley with lamb broth. Roast a leg rare, get your broth from the bones, have some for yourself!, and chunk up some of the meat in a separate container that mom and dad add at the microwave point so it doesn't overcook.
Cheater scalloped potatoes and ham. Boil the potatoes, slice, add ham pieces, mix with a white sauce made with skim milk (make more than you think because the potatoes soak it up). Haricot vert (frozen work great) with sauteed mushrooms and toasted almonds for a side.
I was going to suggest apple or pear salad, but that won't keep if you have to take this to the office with you. But a fruit salad might. Crispy lemon or cinnamon cookies and a container of plain yoghurt equals healthy parfaits for dessert, and snacks for mom the next day.
How about a big chef salad or cobb salad with the components packaged seperate- plus a big, crusty loaf of bread and chocolate macadamia nut brownies? (If I eat salad for dinner, I'm free to eat brownies whenever I wanna!)
Balsamic Chicken - it reheats just fine.
I second chicken marbella. Also beef or veal stew. Or if they like pork there's stew with prunes that's great. When I had my first baby all I wanted was big savory things without too many vegetables. Then you can add a green salad with dressing on the side or veg n' dip and a small loaf grainy bread.
I make couscous salad for potlucks, it always goes over well, and it's cold, so you can make it ahead of time. It's one of those no-recipe recipes, so you can mix in whatever you want.
Basically it's couscous, cubed cooked chicken, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions tossed in a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and whatever fresh herbs you want. Sometimes I add feta, but that's not a requirement. If you like olives, a handful of mixed olives from the deli counter works in this as well.
Nicoise salad -- my go-to make ahead dish... great healthy entree (my favorite in the summertimes)
Use ahi fillets (they're really inexpensive at Trader Joe's) and pan fry
Boil a few eggs. You can either place slices on the salad or make a quick egg salad-type garnish with mayo
Blanched green beans
Olives and/or capers
optional: add sliced red onions or tomatoes
Washed baby greens or whatever salad mix
It can all be chilled (keep salad separate, to prevent bruising) and served cold with a crusty piece of bread and drizzle of olive oil and black pepper.
Chicken biryani, cholent, hamin, a good chicken pot pie, English cold pork pie, Americanized cassoulet (made with chicken thighs and kielbasa and beans), coq au vin, rolled scallops of chicken with ham and sage, ratatouille, ropa vieja, any hearty soup with a good bread, lentil loaf (or a similar pulse-based "meatloaf"), sweet and sour pork or chicken with rice, adobo ...
Thanks for all these wonderful suggestions. Right now I am leaning towards a salad (dressing on the side), cookies and brownies for dessert, a loaf of crusty bread and that lamb and orzo dish.
I will keep these other recipes in mind for when we have this particular couple over for dinner!
re: Honey Bee
might I make a suggestion for the salad? whatever kind you make... bag the lettuce separate from the other veg.. and bag any protein (chicken, HB eggs, whatever) separately too... (and dressing on the side as you mentioned).. it keeps everything a little fresher (esp if sitting all day in your fridge at work) and will keep it nicer if they have leftovers...
re: Honey Bee
Roast off a chicken in the oven with some potatoes, and root veggies. Add a side salad.
Griddle up some fajitas. Keep the veggies on the rarer side of done, so they don't get sogged up in the nuking process. Blender up some homemade salsa. Use a portion of the salsa to make spanish rice, and the rest for the fajitas. Serve with avocado instead of cheese / s. cream. Tortillas work out great microwaved.
Stir fry creation of some sort? Really, all you need to do is keep the veggies on the rarer side of done to allow for nuking time.
Grilled or baked chicken chicken breast with olive oil, and basic italian or greek seasonings. Slice it up, throw it on a warm pita, and cover it with homemade tzatziki (if yogurt is ok, - if not, then a vinaigrette) sliced onion, and tomato. Serve it with some rice, some grilled/roasted veggies, maybe a good version of storebought baba ghannouj and or hummus to go along with it?
Just some thoughts on quick and easy.
What about some whole grain based salads- quinoa, for example? Or legume based, like puy lentils with roasted vegetables?
Vegetarian chili? African peanut stew?
A big pot of soup with a hearty, flavored bread (cornbread, tomato-basil, brown bread, savory pumpkin bread, olive-rosemary, whatever)?
Hummus, baba ganoush, tabouleh, falafel, and israeli salad packed separately, with pita bread?
Just think vegan, a world of options will open up.