Something that will come with leftovers!!
Off the top of my head, here are some ideas...Please note...I'm a notorious CHEAT. I've worked in some amazing kitchens over the course of many years (although also NOT for years)...and while I'm more then willing to cook all day long when the urge overwhelms me, my favorite cheat is to pick up sides or halves from restaurants/grocery stores. For example; anytime I'm doing Mexican I run down the street to Azteca and place orders for rice & beans & pico de gallo ; or grab soups from WholeFoods when I'm doing sandwichy things or quiches ; or 10 mini loafs of that great dark brown bread from Outback. You get the idea. If it costs less to buy it from a restraunt then to make it AND it saves me a bankroll of TIME I'm on it like white on rice. Hehehe...after all...I'm doing the main course right? And who DOESN'T love warm, yummy, freshbaked bread in addition to their dinner? No one ever cares that I didn't bake it.
Other Easy Big Pastas
- Chicken Broccoli Alfredo (w/ Penne)
- Red sauce w/ Mild Italian Sausage (shells or penne)
- Pesto or Pesto Cream (Fucilli/Cavatappi/Linguine)
Carne Asada (if you might BBQ) also (Azteca rice/beans cheat)
Shrimp Louie Salad
Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs
Giant Muffin Pan Mini Quiches
Breakfast for Dinner (crepes/waffles/pancakes with etc etc)
BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
Cornbread baked on top of chili (one pan, batter is poured over chili and baked until cornbread is done)
1 - I can message/post any recipe you're interested in if you like. Most of these are super quick and easy. A few are customizeable per person (the mini quiches, any of the salads, BforD). All of them can be cooked a day in advance and warmed up, or in the case of the salads prepped in advance and tossed in situ, EXCEPT for BforD. The only one I opt out of is the lasagna recipe...everyone has their own ;)
2 - I always bring "saftey" sides for kids, a bag of tatertots, mac'n'cheese, pizza delivery phone #, etc., depending on who's house/kids.
3 - Dessert. Sooooo easy in the summertime. I would suggest either berries with fresh whipped cream (w/ a touch o'vanilla in the cream) or an "icecream soccerball"...the kind the kids kick around in the yard in order to make it.
(I'm going to go poke around for a snack now)