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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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!