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Lunch erev Pesach

Curious to hear what others send/take to the office. Or serve for lunch/have available in the afternoon, because, you know, when they arrive after long flights, drives, bus rides, they are hungry.

One answer is to serve some kind of potatoes, either potato kugel or potato salad with tuna, chicken, or egg salad solution.

Cheese with fresh fruits and veggies. There are some fabulous bries and camenberts for Pesach.

If there is time to make quinoa into flour in the blender/food processor, you can use it to make delicious banana bread. I do them as muffins, very popular.

This year, I am thinking of making a sort of loaf/quiche/kugel using cooked quinoa baked with cottage cheese, crushed pineapple and eggs.

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  1. we usually just make a huge pot of cabbage soup with meatballs and potatoes.

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    1. re: pitagirl

      How very sensible. Filling and available when needed.

      1. re: pitagirl

        I usually make a big pot of Italian meatballs and sauce to greet our hungry arriving children and grandchildren. in the past I've served it with mashed potatoes. This year I'm going to offer Quinoa as an alternative to the mashed potatoes

      2. Our family tradition is to have corned beef, potatoes, and carrots. Dutch background here.

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        1. re: latke

          Fruit, cole slaw, tuna salad, potato salad, egg salad, cheese...that kind of stuff.

          1. re: latke

            And then you eat another large, fleishig meal at midnight? Actually, it makes sense, because without the corned beef and cabbage, or Pitagirl's cabbage soup with meatbals, people get hungry.

            Actually, in our family the generation before I started cooking, that was the tradition. Between breakfast and the seder, you got nothing. Maybe, if you were lucky, you got a potato.

            1. re: AdinaA

              Exactly- it balances starch with protein, and I am never not starving by Shulchan Orech. Don't forget, lunch is 1-2-3pm. Dinner, true dinner, especially this year, as it's late, is at it's earliest 10:30pm! Plus, the potatoes, carrots, and corned beef are relatively simple to prepare- each in it;s own pot and done. We've even cheated with canned veggies!

          2. Tuna over salad. Balsamic vinegar. And I try really hard not to get it on my suit. One year in high school, my mom gave me the chicken soup chicken. I learned that I didn't like that chicken.

            1. A big potato kugel for the masses and mini meatballs to tide the kids over.

              1. I will bring a hard boiled egg, a yogurt, some fruit and soda.

                1. My family is lucky that I allow them in the kitchen at all. Cottage cheese, jarred gefilte fish (MIL likes), cake, yogurt, coffee. If there is anything left from Sunday night dinner (salmon and baked potato) they can have that cold.

                  Anyone who shows up later in the afternoon and asks for food gets a piece of chicken. Since I am making turkey breast this year they can have a piece of that.

                  More important is the kid who is assigned to eat a bowl (or two) of chicken soup in the late afternoon on the first day of yomtov so I can cook on the first day for the second. My older son is my designated eater and he takes the job seriously.

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                  1. re: SoCal Mother

                    Chicken and potato salad makes an easy lunch to take in a tupperware, if you use the chicken you are probably cooking for soup on Sunday anyway.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      Sunday??? We will still be cleaning. All of my cooking will be done on Monday.

                  2. Boiled potatoes with sour cream, plus whatever else you can scavenge from the fridge (yogurt, fruit, stuff like that.) Even though I've never made sedarim and am not insanely busy on erev Pesach, I always make myself boiled potatoes with sour cream, because that's what my mother always served when I was growing up, and it's the taste of erev Pesach to me.

                    1. I make a big pot of vegetable soup with matzah balls. Then we have crepes filled with mashed potatoes and chicken (from the soup) with a mushroom sauce and a big salad. I have never worked erev pesach and my husband hasn't worked erev pesach in many years. Too much to do. Since we will eat so late, I also serve something later in the afternoon - usually soup or meatballs just to tide everyone over.

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                      1. re: Ilenem

                        A lot of people do have to go in to the office, and others need a lunch that they can travel with. But, you know, a great many of us don't eat matzah before the seder, even made into a ball or a crepe. It does reduce the options.

                        1. re: AdinaA

                          The crepes are made from eggs and potato starch. As for matzah balls, eating cooked matzah is ok on erev pesach. Just not baked so cakes made with matzah meal would not be allowed while matzah balls are. But everyone has their own minhagim.

                          1. re: Ilenem

                            Wow. I am very impressed with your organizational skills. And elegance. Crepes filled with potatoes and chicken, served with mushroom sauce. I am imagining what the menu for the seder must be like. Extrapolating from your erev Pesach menu, you seder probably merits rating by Zagat.

                            1. re: AdinaA

                              Thanks Adina. It's not as elegant as it sounds but it is delicious. My seder meals are pretty traditional. Gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzah balls. This year I'm making corned beef and cabbage as a main for the first night. Brisket and Turkey for the 2nd night (bigger crowd)

                          2. re: Ilenem

                            Sounds great. Doesn't help the OP's request for lunch at work but does wet ones appetite. What will be the main for the seder? I haven't decided yet and am looking for suggestions. My problem usually is that by the time shulchan auruch comes along we are full from the wine, matzos, Romain lettuce, potatoes, and eggs so I need something special and not heavy since it will be precluded by soup and fish.

                          3. I found some "imitation matzah" at Ralph's when I went on the Rabbi Eidlitz tour. It's non-gebrochts and has a bracha of shehakol. (In English that means that it is gluten-free and one is not required to wash hands before eating and make a long blessing afterwards.) It does NOT fulfill the mitzvah of eating matzah because it ISN'T MATZAH!!

                            He said that it wasn't half bad. A little $$$ but it's a piece of matzah that isn't matzah.

                            After years of imitation mustard, imitation cakes and imitation soy sauce, why not imitation matzah?

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                            1. re: SoCal Mother

                              Growing up, we never got a real lunch erev Pesach. It was always just grab whatever you wanted and scarf down while doing last minute, frantic cleaning. We had no domestic help (my mom wouldn't hear of it!) so we did the cleaning on our own so there was never time for lunch. I remember just grabbing a carton of yogurt....still do the same thing my mom did :) Clean on my own and skip lunch.

                              1. re: Miri1

                                You're still cleaning erev Pesach?! All chametz is supposed to be gone by 9:00 or 10:00 AM or so. Or do you just mean house-cleaning for guests coming?

                                1. re: queenscook

                                  I usually start the day by washing the Pesach pots and pans from the garage. This year all the airport runs are on Sunday, but I still need to get the Pesach kitchen set up before I can start to cook.

                                  1. re: queenscook

                                    Nah, just cleaning, no chometz. Setting up the kitchen, etc. This year I'm a bit ahead of schedule, but I know 'll be scrambling at the last minute anyway. And I've already planned my lunch :) Cottage cheese and strawberries. MmmmMmmm!

                              2. I admit it, we start our Seder early, so we are actually eating no later than 8 pm or so. Therefore, lunch doesn't have to tide us over quite as long. :)

                                Tradition in my family (in fact, the only time all year that we have this lunch) is canned fruit (pineapple and mandarin oranges specifically) cottage cheese with a fair amount of salt, and of course whatever one can snag a taste of from the kitchen without getting hit with a wooden spoon.

                                As I'm hosting seders this year, I doubt I'll even be hungry once the meal rolls around. ;)

                                1. MY family tradition is to a have a pot roast seasoned with cinnamon potatoes and onions -

                                  1. DH just made ground beef with non-gebrokts elbow noodle (noodles made from potato starch), tomato sauce, and seasoned with garlic powder. Must say it was surprisingly tasty and quite filling.

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                                    1. re: daphnar

                                      I had cottage cheese with fruits.