Meals that hold

A friend put a comment on Facebook about meals that work when everyone has a different schedule.  Here are a couple of ideas:

Herbed Quiche

This is my go to recipe for delivering to a friend who has had a baby or suffered a loss.  You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  You can add anything you like (mushrooms, bacon, different cheeses, seafood, etc.) to suit individual taste preferences.

  • 1 frozen pie crust
  • 1/2 lb Jarlsberg (we use lite Jarlsberg) cheese grated
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
Combine grated cheese with herbs in pie crust.  Blend together milk, half and half and eggs and pour over cheese.
Chicken with ham and cheese and bacon
This was one of our favorite recipes when we were kids.  My mom found it on a bacon package.  It isn’t lo-cal but it does reheat well.
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per person, pounded between wax paper until thin
  • 1 slice baked ham per chicken breast
  • 1 slice swiss cheese per chicken breast
  • 2 slices bacon per chicken breast

Place one slice ham and one slice Swiss cheese on each chicken breast.  Roll up and wrap in two slices bacon.  Place in a ceramic baking dish and bake at 375 for about 40 minutes.  (turn halfway through so bacon gets crisp on all sides.)  This reheats beautifully and is also good cold.

Depending upon taste preferences chicken breasts can also be stuffed with Fontina cheese and mushrooms, pesto and sundered tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms or any combination of things that your group likes.  These hold well for reheating.


  • lasagna (not just classic but chicken pesto, mushroom, vegetable, seafood, etc. – layer pasta with whatever cheese and proteins your family likes)
  • chicken/eggplant – just blogged this one the other day
  • California casserole (on blog – chicken, mushrooms, almonds and then served with fresh avocado)


  • corn chowder
  • beef stew
  • chili (chicken, beef, veggie, etc.)
  • vegetable soup
  • mexican chicken soup


  • a family pizza based on favorite ingredients
  • individual sized pizza shells where everyone assembles their favorite and makes their own ahead of time to reheat when they get home from work/practice/game, etc.

About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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