Delicious lunches and brunches
When sandwiches just won’t cut it anymore, take a look at this selection of lunch and brunch inspiration. From quiche and pie, to homemade soup and bread and even a few sweet treats for pudding, there’s something everyone will enjoy.
Welcome to #CookBlogShare 2020 week 3. #CookBlogShare is a weekly link party where we share recipes, salivate, comment on each other’s recipes and generally enjoy all things food.
If you’ve got a recipe to share, this is the place to do it!
This link party runs weekly from Tuesday and is hosted by Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy, and Michelle and Lesley at Lost In Food along with some guest food bloggers. This is my first time guest hosting – thanks for letting me have a turn – and wish me luck!
Next week you’ll find #CookBlogShare back in it’s natural home with Jacqui.
Thanks to everyone who shared a recipe last week. There was such a delicious collection of dishes it was hard to know where to start.
With the start of the New Year, like everyone else we’ve been thinking about fresh starts, making changes and goal setting.
When it comes to food, while we’ve not committed to going vegan or vegetarian (yet) we’ve decided to cut back on the amount of meat we eat and generally eat a few more vegetables!
Our intentions are probably similar to a lot of people but with the added complication of one extremely fussy eater which is why we’ve not gone all out with this resolution. Hopefully that might mean we’ll actually stick to it!
The other thing I want to do a bit better with this year is our lunches. We’re well and truly stuck in a sandwich rut and am looking for a way out of it.
Which leads me on to one thing I noticed among all the recipes submitted last week – the number of really delicious looking dishes that are a perfect alternative to another boring sandwich lunch.
As it happens, all the recipes I’ve chosen are vegetarian or vegan, which makes sense given the month. So whether you are taking part in Veganuary or simply trying to eat less meat like us, I’m sure you’ll find lots of inspiration below.
And of course all the recipes are also child friendly, with fun steps kids can get involved in in the kitchen.
lunch and brunch recipes without a sandwich in sight (almost!)
Homemade bread and soup
Soup is an obvious choice for lunch at this time of year and this tomato and roasted pepper soup from Simply Crafting looks like a real winter warmer.
I’ve only recently got my fussiest of eaters to try soup. So far we’ve got as far as carrot soup but I think this could be a winner in our house.
And what better to go with it than a tasty loaf of homemade bread. I love the look of this chilli and oregano soda bread from Feast Glorious Feast. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t use yeast so there’s no need to leave it for hours to prove – a huge bonus if you’re baking with impatient little chefs.
Quiches and pie
Quiche is a great lunchtime dish. You can make life a little bit easier for yourself and use shop bought pastry but this delicious looking spinach and feta quiche from A Baking Journey shows just how easy it is to make your own pastry.
We’ve made our own sweet shortcrust pastry before for things like mince pies or jam tarts so I know making this savoury shortcrust is something my kids would enjoy.
If you want a nice twist on a traditional quiche and something a bit lighter, why not try the Foodle Club’s crustless vegetable quiche. You can add any vegetables you like, so there’s no excuse for fussy eaters not to enjoy it.
Anyone who knows me well knows I love a great pie (and even had them on the menu at our wedding, much to my Mum’s disapproval!). And this vegetarian ‘pork’ pie from Only Crumbs Remain certainly looks like a great pie.
The hot water crust pastry would be a new challenge for my two little ones, but one i’m sure they’d enjoy. And again, there are few different vegetable options for the filling meaning there’s really no reason not to love them.
After lunch treats
For me, it wouldn’t be a proper indulgent lunch without a sweet treat to finish it off. I don’t do this on an average weekday but on a lazy weekend lunch or brunch with friends why not spoil yourself.
As you might know I love a bit of baking think it’s a great way of getting kids busy in the kitchen. I even contributed these moorish melting moment biscuits this week.
I love the look of these cranberry and apricot seeded vegan flapjacks from the Gluten Free Alchemist. Look at the colours of all the fruit and seeds in them. They’re the perfect wholesome treat if you want to indulge but don’t want to be too naughty.
For one last treat I couldn’t resist some carrot cake sandwich cookies from Curly’s Cooking. How can you improve on a delicious cookie – by sandwiching two together with cream cheese frosting. Now that i’ve found all these great lunch or brunch dishes, this is the closest i’m going to get to a sandwich for a while!
#CookBlogShare 2020 Week 3
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