Lunch menu suggestions
I’m hosting some casual lunches for six hungry adults. Due to various restrictions, I’m looking for menus that:
1) Can be mostly made a day ahead and aren’t too complicated/fussy
2) Can be free of gluten and peppers
3) Is low in fat and simple carbs
Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
grilled or poached salmon (can be made one day in advance and served cold or room temperature), Caesar or green salad, pilaf of brown rice and/or quinoa made with various vegetables (onions, mushrooms, diced carrots, etc.) tossed in a lemony vinaigrette.
I'm not sure if this is an issue of simple carbs, but another option for an all-in-one might be
roasted acorn squash filled with a black bean-tomato-corn (or brown rice) salad that had been tossed in a rice vinegar. I've seen similar with baked sweet potato and a black bean topping seasoned with spices like cumin. But, I'm not sure about the simple carb aspect of these dishes.
Or soup and salad - say, a green salad and a bowl of lentil soup.
I honestly can't remember where I found the recipe - I made it once a few years ago for a friend who was both vegetarian and Type 1 diabetic. I'll give a look through some of my cookbooks to see if I can find it; if I don't come back with it, it means I couldn't locate the recipe.
However, this black bean and rice salad is pretty good, and I'm sure you can omit the pepper without a problem. Just make the salad, cut the squash in half and roast as you normall would, and combine (perhaps warm the salad slightly before adding to the squash): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Black-Bean-and-Rice-Salad-243130
I haven't made this one yet (it's been bookmarked for a while), but it looks pretty good, too. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/health/nutrition/22recipehealth.html?nl=health&emc=healthupdateema8
I haven't made this one yet, either, but it's definitely one I hope to make at some point. For this one, also, you can substitute a roasted acorn squash for the sweet potato. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/swe...
-Soup and salad combo - I think a nice pureed roast squash soup, with a side salad would be nice, in particular. Maybe serve with rice crackers?
-A finely chopped chicken salad to spread on rice cakes or gluten-free crackers?
The no-peppers is a killer for me to be honest. I can cut out gluten, meat, lactose, whatever - but peppers? Eek.