So after Friday night’s food and festivities, you would think I’d go straight home and go to bed, right? Not so much. I dropped off my dates (my mom at home, and her friend Allie at her house) and headed out to the grocery store. We were helping my sister and brother-in-law move on Saturday and I had volunteered to bring lunch, so I needed groceries. Well, it was just after 9:30 after I made my drop-offs, so it made sense to go to Sobey’s, which is open 24 hours, instead of the Superstore, which closes at 10, right? You would be right, except that I had planned my menu around PC Blue Menu Garlic and Herb Chicken Skewers, only available at the Superstore. Off I went on my mad dash – not only was I getting groceries for Saturday’s lunch, I was attempting to get the groceries for our house that were on the list as well!
I felt like I was on Supermarket Sweep! Anybody else watch this show back in the ‘90’s? My sister and I were sort of obsessed with it. Sorry for the bad picture…I tried to find some good youtube videos, but couldn’t. Anyway, I raced through the aisles, and although I didn’t win any prizes, I managed to get everything I needed.
As the title suggests, my goal for this lunch was for it to be completely hands (and plates and utensils)-free and healthy. Especially after my big meal the night before, I didn’t want something that would weigh me down. And since the house was a mess, and we were busy moving, something hands-free was the best option, so we could just sit down, eat, and get on with things, without having to worry about dishes. And since I was out late on Friday, it also had to be something I could throw together quickly. So what met all my criteria? I set up a smorgasbord of the following:
- – a selection of fresh veggies (baby carrots and tomatoes = no chopping, plus sliced cucumbers and red pepper). Side note: If you want a wide selection of produce – don’t shop 20 minutes before store closing – the shelves were pretty bare!
- – PC Blue Menu Tzatziki Dip (can’t get enough of this stuff)
- A homemade dip I made from fat-free sour cream, fat-free Miracle Whip, a generous dollop of Dijon mustard and then a bit of Epicure Lemon Dilly and Herb and Garlic dip mixes, as well as some Ranch dip mix
- Boursin light herb and garlic cream cheese
- Guiltless Gourmet Spicy Black Bean Tortilla Chips
- Assorted baked chips/crackers
- Fresh mild salsa (bought in the refrigerated deli section…don’t remember the brand, but it’s good)
- The above-mentioned PC chicken skewers
- Turkey Pepperettes (spell check things that should say Peppertrees )
- A large pre-cut fruit salad (normally I don’t go for these since it’s not a great deal, but I was crunched for time)
- A container of strawberries (3 for $5!) – not the sweetest though
- These absolutely delicious dark chocolate covered blueberry and acai berries (a last-minute impulse buy…but they were a HUGE hit)
- A few cookies and tarts I bought with extra tickets at Eat Drink Norfolk (not for me, but for others)
I’d say the meal was a huge hit. We ate it sitting on the floor on a paint cloth in what will be the library room of the new house (if you know my sister, you know why she needs a library). Everyone was free to eat as much or as little as they wanted of everything, and there was a good variety.
It’s easy for me to overdo it on meals that consist of a bunch of finger foods, but I planned this one so I’d have lots of healthy options. I ate two of the chicken skewers so I’d be sure to get in some filling protein. Then I had LOTS of veggies with salsa and the two dips, I only ate a very few of the crackers, then had LOTS of fruit and just a few of the chocolate-covered berries (but seriously, they are SO GOOD).
So, if you’re moving or tackling a house project, or going on a picnic (if the weather warms up….grrr), and looking for a quick, healthy, mess-free meal, I’d highly recommend this one, and I think the rest of the moving crew would agree!
What’s your favourite hands-free/no-dishes meal?