Easy Lunch Ideas To Feed A Crowd

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If you are looking for easy lunch ideas to feed a crowd, I’ve got you covered. Here’s our all time favorite recipe roundup, perfect for feeding hungry children during the summer or anytime of the year.

Feeding a crowd for lunch can be challenging, but there are lunch ideas that are easy and will make even the pickiest eater happy.

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Easy Lunch Ideas To Feed A Crowd

It can be challenging to find meals and snacks that appeal to everyone given the variety of diets, tastes, and preferences; but, there are a few tried-and-true favorites that are nutritious, delectable, and will please even the pickiest eaters. Whether it’s mac & cheese or roast chicken, these traditional recipes have a history of pleasing large crowds and are quite simple to make.

What else? Many of these delectable and filling dishes can be altered to best fit specific preferences and tastes for every crowd. Have a family member that abstains from meat? Simply leave the chicken out of the delectable stir fry and increase your intake of cruciferous veggies. The dish will retain its mouthwatering flavor and abundant supply of protein and fiber.

Baked Chicken Fingers

Few things are more fulfilling, regardless of age, than chicken fingers. Lil’ Luna’s baked version is delightful, healthful, and simple to prepare. With this recipe, you may avoid hundreds of calories and a lot of fat by baking the chicken rather than frying it and using two different types of breadcrumbs.

Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

Without a pizza stone and other tools, making a classic pizza might be challenging. Fortunately, these pepperoni pizza bombs from Flour on My Face taste just like the authentic dish and can be prepared in the oven using a baking pan. Pizza dough can be made from scratch if you’re up for the challenge, but if you’re looking for something quick and simple, feel free to use store-bought stuff and you’ll be chowing down in just 45 minutes.

Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Game day favorites include chicken wings, and Ambitious Kitchen’s spicy honey crispy baked chicken wings are both incredibly tasty and surprisingly simple to prepare. These wings, which take approximately an hour to prepare, have a terrific blend of sweet and spicy flavors that are sure to please everyone. What else? Eat up since this healthier variation of an American favorite has no wheat nor oil.

Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Even the pickiest of diners will likely like this recipe for roast chicken from Eating Bird Food since it is one of those dinners. Because the entire dinner is roasted on a single baking sheet, it is extremely flavorful and delicious while also being incredibly simple to prepare and clean up after. The dish is also easily adaptable, allowing you to substitute tofu or tempeh for the chicken and use any preferred vegetables.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs from Pinch of Yum are technically “thin,” but only because the meatball mixture contains half chopped vegetables and half lean ground turkey, which is a terrific combination for parents seeking to encourage their children to eat healthier. Despite the fact that meatballs are high in protein and the spaghetti is high in carbohydrates, this meal, which can be made in under an hour, is actually rather balanced.

Chicken Noodle Soup

One of those straightforward, warming foods that everyone ought to be able to prepare is chicken noodle soup, particularly as the weather grows chilly and the cold and flu season intensifies. Even though this wonderful classic is great for individuals who are feeling under the weather, it’s also popular with those who are simply in the mood for something warm and satisfying. Although there are a few steps in this dish from The Girl Who Ate Everything, they will all be worthwhile once you take that first comforting mouthful.

Fried Rice

Fried Rice
Despite having a complicated appearance, the Chinese food staple fried rice is actually quite easy to prepare and is sure to please everyone. Gimmie Some Oven’s vegetarian dish just needs 15 minutes to prepare and can be personalized with any of your preferred add-ins. Although only vegetables are required for this meal, it also works with other conventional meats like chicken, shrimp, beef, or pork.

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parmesan is right up there with spaghetti and meatballs as an iconic Italian dish. The Cooking Classy recipe is really simple to create and stays true to the original dish. It’s so simple that it can be prepared in just one pan and eaten in less than an hour. This dish also asks for some roasted zucchini, which, in addition to going well with the chicken, is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Those searching for a nutrient boost will be delighted to know this.

Garlic and Lemon Salmon

Garlic and Lemon SalmonSimply simply, there is nothing not to love about this salmon meal from In Sonnet’s Kitchen with garlic and lemon. It takes only 30 minutes to prepare, goes well with both vegetables and grains, and has just the proper amount of flavor to please everyone. This recipe is perfect for anyone searching for an anti-inflammatory, healthful dinner because it is also strong in Omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein, and low in carbs.

Vegetarian Quesadilla

Vegetarian quesadilla

This quesadilla dish from Cookie + Kate is incredibly flexible, like many other recipes on this list. Although only veggies are called for in this recipe, you can easily add additional protein like chicken, steak, or shrimp. The best part is that this scrumptious, protein-rich dinner can be made in about ten minutes!

Feed-a-crowd recipes

Whether you are feeding the family or entertaining friends, our crowd-pleasing mains, sharing snacks and showstopping bakes are sure to keep everyone satisfied.

  • A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.

    Cater for a crowd with this easy, hearty chicken casserole that evokes summer in Provence using a fragrant selection of herbs, tomatoes, olives and artichokes

  • Spiced salmon with traybaked sag aloo

    Spiced salmon with traybaked sag aloo in a serving dish

    Spice up a salmon fillet with the classic Indian side dish, sag aloo, for an easy midweek meal that’s packed with omega-3 and ideal for feeding a crowd

  • Sticky tamarind tomato & spinach whirl

    One sticky tamarind tomato & spinach whirl

    Try this riff on a Greek spanakopita. With a sticky-sweet, spiced and tangy twist, it’s a spectacular veggie centrepiece for any special occasion

  • Sausage & leek mash pie

    Sausage & leek mash pie served in a casserole dish

    Enjoy sausages and kale with a cheesy mash topping made with leeks and mustard. You can freeze this pie for busy weeknights when you need to feed a crowd

  • Vegetable curry for a crowd

    Vegetable curry for a crowd

    This vegetarian curry is great for feeding a group of mates on a budget, or make a batch to freeze.

  • Ratatouille tart with flaky cheddar & thyme pastry

    Ratatouille tart with flaky cheddar & thyme pastry on a white table

    Bake cheesy puff pastry topped with a smoky aubergine and tomato compote and roasted courgettes for this stunning tart. It’s ideal for lunch with friends

  • Vegan sticky toffee pear pudding

    Sticky toffee pear pudding 2016

    A lighter version of sticky toffee pudding, rich with dates and spices, and the juicy texture of poached pears, this vegan dessert is sure to please a crowd

  • Homity pie

    Homity pie with the first slice cut out

    Make a veggie showstopper in this homity pie – a creamy potato, onion and cheese pie, with the addition of leeks. Make it your own with more veg, if you like

  • Orange & feta giant couscous salad

    Orange & feta giant couscous salad

    Pile this Middle Eastern-influenced salad onto platters to serve as part of a party spread

  • Beetroot hummus party platter

    Beetroot hummus party platter served with vegetables and toast

    This one-platter-serves-all beetroot hummus will be a big hit, and doesn’t require any cooking

  • Greek loaded fries

    Greek loaded fries on a plate

    Bake some budget-friendly frozen fries and pile them high with a moreish Greek-inspired topping of feta, olives, tomatoes and cucumber. Great for sharing

  • Millionaire’s chocolate brownie tart

    Imagine a chocolate shortbread pastry case with fudgy brownie filling that hides pockets of oozy caramel… This is a chocolate lover’s dream dessert

  • Chipotle sweet potato & black bean stew with cheddar dumplings

    Chipotle sweet potato & black bean stew with cheddar dumplings served in a casserole dish

    Enjoy this filling sweet potato and black bean stew as a budget-friendly midweek meal. Served with moreish cheddar dumplings, it’s great for feeding a crowd

  • Slow-roast lamb with prunes & roasted garlic

    Slow-roast lamb with prunes & roasted garlic served on a large oval dish

    Tuck in to slow roasted lamb for Sunday lunch, with a delicious marinade made with prunes, pomegranate molasses and spices. Pair with our boulangère potatoes

  • Chilli con carne recipe

    Chilli con carne cooking in a pan with chocolate melting on top

    This great chilli recipe has to be one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. An easy sharing favourite that uses up storecupboard ingredients.

  • Vegan pie

    Vegan pie with a slice taken out revealing layers of veg

    Make this fantastic beetroot, sweet potato, chard and celeriac rainbow-layered pie as a stunning centrepiece for a vegan Christmas or dinner party

  • Cheesy ham hock, spinach & ricotta lasagne

    Cheesy ham hock, spinach & ricotta lasagne in a casserole dish

    Try a twist on lasagne and combine creamy ricotta, spinach and nutmeg with ham hock to make an easy dinner. It’s ideal for feeding a hungry crowd

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    Grazing platter

    Cheesy ham hock, spinach & ricotta lasagne in a casserole dish

    Gather together all your favourite nibbles and combine the best of a cheeseboard and charcuterie platter for this indulgent selection of party food

  • Tiramisu meringue roulade

    Tiramisu meringue roulade dusted with cocoa powder

    Combine tiramisu and meringue roulade to make an impressive dessert. The crisp meringue contrasts beautifully with the silky coffee cream in this recipe

  • The best spaghetti bolognese recipe

    Two bowls of spaghetti topped with bolognese sauce and a pan of extra sauce on the side.

    Our best ever spaghetti bolognese is super easy and a true Italian classic with a meaty, chilli sauce. This recipe comes courtesy of BBC Good Food user Andrew Balmer

  • Baked camembert dough ball platter

    Baked camembert dough ball platter

    The ultimate easy-going food for a crowd: a tear-and-share dough ball platter, served with rosemary-spiked gooey cheese, ready for some serious dipping

  • Beef goulash

    Beef stew in dish with soured cream and parsley

    Make this hearty beef goulash to feed the family on chilly nights. Stir in the soured cream and parsley for an indulgent, crowd-pleasing supper

  • Mexican fiesta rice

    Mexican fiesta rice served in a bowl

    Make this tasty Mexican rice to serve a crowd. Our recipe is vegan but if everyone you’re cooking for eats meat, some chopped bacon in with the onions works well

  • Pizza fondue dip

    If you are looking for easy lunch ideas to feed a crowd, I’ve got you covered. Here’s our all time favorite recipe roundup, perfect for feeding hungry children during the summer or anytime of the year.

    Feeding a crowd for lunch can be challenging, but there are lunch ideas that are easy and will make even the pickiest eater happy.

    Easy Lunch Ideas To Feed A Crowd

    Given various diets, preferences, and tastes, it can be difficult to find meals and snacks that satisfy every crowd; however, there are some tried and true staples out there that are healthy, delicious, and will appease even the pickiest eaters. Be it roast chicken or mac and cheese, these classic dishes have a history of being crowd pleasers and (for the most part) are ridiculously easy to prepare.

    What’s more? A number of these scrumptious and satisfying meals can be adapted to best suit certain preferences and tastes for every crowd. Have a relative who doesn’t eat meat? Simply omit the chicken from the tasty stir fry and double-down on cruciferous vegetables instead. Not only will the dish still taste delicious, but it will still be loaded with protein and fiber as well.

    Baked Chicken Fingers

    Baked Chicken Fingers

    No matter how old you are, there are few things more satisfying than chicken fingers. This baked version from Lil’ Luna is tasty, healthy, and quick and easy to make. This recipe uses two kinds of breadcrumbs and calls for baking the chicken instead of frying it, meaning you’re saving hundreds of calories and plenty of fat.

    Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

    Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

    Making a traditional pizza can be tricky if you don’t have a pizza stone and other accouterments. Luckily, these pepperoni pizza bombs from Flour on My Face taste just like the real thing and can be made with a baking pan in the oven. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make the pizza dough yourself, but if you’re after something quick and easy, feel free to use the store-bought stuff and you’ll be chowing down in just 45 minutes.

    Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

    Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

    Chicken wings are a game day favorite, and these spicy honey crispy baked chicken wings courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen are simply delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Ready in about an hour, these wings are bound to please everyone thanks to a great balance of sweet and spicy flavors. What’s more? This lightened up version of an American classic doesn’t use any oil or flour, so go ahead and eat up!

    Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

    Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

    Roast chicken is one of those dishes that can please even the pickiest of eaters, and this recipe from Eating Bird Food is guaranteed to be enjoyed by all. The whole meal is roasted on one baking sheet, meaning the dish is extra flavorful and tasty, while also being very easy to prep and clean up. The recipe is also easily customizable, meaning you can use whatever vegetables you like and even sub in tofu or tempeh in place of the chicken.

    Spaghetti and Meatballs

    Spaghetti and Meatballs

    Pinch of Yum’s version of spaghetti and meatballs is technically “skinny” but that’s only because the meatball mixture is half chopped veggies and half lean ground turkey—a great combo for parents trying to get their little ones to eat healthier. Though spaghetti is high in carbs, the protein-rich meatballs actually make this a pretty balanced meal that can be prepared in under an hour.

    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Chicken noodle soup is one of those basic, comforting dishes that everyone should know how to make, especially as the weather gets colder and cold and flu season goes into full swing. Though this tasty classic is great for those who are under the weather, it’s also a hit for those just looking for something cozy and delicious. This recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything is a bit involved, but it will all be worth it once you take that first soothing bite.

    Fried Rice

    Fried Rice

    Though fried rice may look hard to make, the Chinese food classic is actually pretty simple to whip up and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. This vegetarian recipe from Gimmie Some Oven takes just 15 minutes to make and is customizable with any of your favorite mix-ins. While this recipe does call for veggies only, it also works with other traditional proteins such as chicken, shrimp, beef, or pork.

    Chicken Parmesan

    Chicken Parmesan

    If you’re looking for a classic Italian standby, chicken parmesan is right up there with spaghetti and meatballs. This recipe from Cooking Classy doesn’t stray far from the original dish, and it is super easy to make. So easy, in fact, it’s made in one pan and ready to eat in under an hour. Those looking for a nutrient boost will be happy to know this dish also calls for some roasted zucchini, which, in addition to pairing well with the chicken, is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

    Garlic and Lemon Salmon

    Garlic and Lemon Salmon

    Simply put, there’s nothing not to love about this garlic and lemon salmon recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen. It’s ready in half an hour, it pairs well with either vegetables or grains, and it has just the right amount of flavor that will satisfy everyone. This recipe is also high in Omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein, and low in carbohydrates–making it ideal for anyone looking for an anti-inflammatory, healthy meal.

    Vegetarian Quesadilla

    Vegetarian quesadilla

    Like many recipes on this list, this quesadilla recipe from Cookie + Kate is very adaptable. While this recipe calls for vegetables only, you can easily add additional protein such as chicken, beef, or shrimp. Best of all, this tasty, protein-packed meal is ready in less than ten minutes!

    Feed-a-crowd recipes

    Whether you are feeding the family or entertaining friends, our crowd-pleasing mains, sharing snacks and showstopping bakes are sure to keep everyone satisfied.

    • A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.

      Cater for a crowd with this easy, hearty chicken casserole that evokes summer in Provence using a fragrant selection of herbs, tomatoes, olives and artichokes

    • Spiced salmon with traybaked sag aloo

      Spiced salmon with traybaked sag aloo in a serving dish

      Spice up a salmon fillet with the classic Indian side dish, sag aloo, for an easy midweek meal that’s packed with omega-3 and ideal for feeding a crowd

    • Sticky tamarind tomato & spinach whirl

      One sticky tamarind tomato & spinach whirl

      Try this riff on a Greek spanakopita. With a sticky-sweet, spiced and tangy twist, it’s a spectacular veggie centrepiece for any special occasion

    • Sausage & leek mash pie

      Sausage & leek mash pie served in a casserole dish

      Enjoy sausages and kale with a cheesy mash topping made with leeks and mustard. You can freeze this pie for busy weeknights when you need to feed a crowd

    • Vegetable curry for a crowd

      Vegetable curry for a crowd

      This vegetarian curry is great for feeding a group of mates on a budget, or make a batch to freeze.

    • Ratatouille tart with flaky cheddar & thyme pastry

      Ratatouille tart with flaky cheddar & thyme pastry on a white table

      Bake cheesy puff pastry topped with a smoky aubergine and tomato compote and roasted courgettes for this stunning tart. It’s ideal for lunch with friends

    • Vegan sticky toffee pear pudding

      Sticky toffee pear pudding 2016

      A lighter version of sticky toffee pudding, rich with dates and spices, and the juicy texture of poached pears, this vegan dessert is sure to please a crowd

    • Homity pie

      Homity pie with the first slice cut out

      Make a veggie showstopper in this homity pie – a creamy potato, onion and cheese pie, with the addition of leeks. Make it your own with more veg, if you like

    • Orange & feta giant couscous salad

      Orange & feta giant couscous salad

      Pile this Middle Eastern-influenced salad onto platters to serve as part of a party spread

    • Beetroot hummus party platter

      Beetroot hummus party platter served with vegetables and toast

      This one-platter-serves-all beetroot hummus will be a big hit, and doesn’t require any cooking

    • Greek loaded fries

      Greek loaded fries on a plate

      Bake some budget-friendly frozen fries and pile them high with a moreish Greek-inspired topping of feta, olives, tomatoes and cucumber. Great for sharing

    • Millionaire’s chocolate brownie tart

      Imagine a chocolate shortbread pastry case with fudgy brownie filling that hides pockets of oozy caramel… This is a chocolate lover’s dream dessert

    • Chipotle sweet potato & black bean stew with cheddar dumplings

      Chipotle sweet potato & black bean stew with cheddar dumplings served in a casserole dish

      Enjoy this filling sweet potato and black bean stew as a budget-friendly midweek meal. Served with moreish cheddar dumplings, it’s great for feeding a crowd

    • Slow-roast lamb with prunes & roasted garlic

      Slow-roast lamb with prunes & roasted garlic served on a large oval dish

      Tuck in to slow roasted lamb for Sunday lunch, with a delicious marinade made with prunes, pomegranate molasses and spices. Pair with our boulangère potatoes

    • Chilli con carne recipe

      Chilli con carne cooking in a pan with chocolate melting on top

      This great chilli recipe has to be one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. An easy sharing favourite that uses up storecupboard ingredients.

    • Vegan pie

      Vegan pie with a slice taken out revealing layers of veg

      Make this fantastic beetroot, sweet potato, chard and celeriac rainbow-layered pie as a stunning centrepiece for a vegan Christmas or dinner party

    • Cheesy ham hock, spinach & ricotta lasagne

      Cheesy ham hock, spinach & ricotta lasagne in a casserole dish

      Try a twist on lasagne and combine creamy ricotta, spinach and nutmeg with ham hock to make an easy dinner. It’s ideal for feeding a hungry crowd

    • x

      Grazing platter

      Cheesy ham hock, spinach & ricotta lasagne in a casserole dish

      Gather together all your favourite nibbles and combine the best of a cheeseboard and charcuterie platter for this indulgent selection of party food

    • Tiramisu meringue roulade

      Tiramisu meringue roulade dusted with cocoa powder

      Combine tiramisu and meringue roulade to make an impressive dessert. The crisp meringue contrasts beautifully with the silky coffee cream in this recipe

    • The best spaghetti bolognese recipe

      Two bowls of spaghetti topped with bolognese sauce and a pan of extra sauce on the side.

      Our best ever spaghetti bolognese is super easy and a true Italian classic with a meaty, chilli sauce. This recipe comes courtesy of BBC Good Food user Andrew Balmer

    • Baked camembert dough ball platter

      Baked camembert dough ball platter

      The ultimate easy-going food for a crowd: a tear-and-share dough ball platter, served with rosemary-spiked gooey cheese, ready for some serious dipping

    • Beef goulash

      Beef stew in dish with soured cream and parsley

      Make this hearty beef goulash to feed the family on chilly nights. Stir in the soured cream and parsley for an indulgent, crowd-pleasing supper

    • Mexican fiesta rice

      Mexican fiesta rice served in a bowl

      Make this tasty Mexican rice to serve a crowd. Our recipe is vegan but if everyone you’re cooking for eats meat, some chopped bacon in with the onions works well

    • Pizza fondue dip

      A star rating of 5 out of 5

      Love pizza? This fondue dip is for you, with tomato, melted cheese and pepperoni. It’s great sharing food for a party. Enjoy with garlic bread or breadsticks

    Love pizza? This fondue dip is for you, with tomato, melted cheese and pepperoni. It’s great sharing food for a party. Enjoy with garlic bread or breadsticks

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