5 Easy Staycation Lunches

5 Easy Staycation Lunches

Due to the situation, many of us will not be not going abroad this year. Instead we will be making the most of holidaying in the UK or our own countries. To be honest, there are so many great places to visit that are just down the road from where we live I’m not going to miss going abroad to much. Plus I’m actually looking forward to driving a few hours up the road this year.

Also I’m not a great fan of eating out. I have a gluten intolerance and often find many places don’t cater for me. We will often take a packed lunch with us. Either that or my husband Howard and son Ted will eat out and I will take a packed lunch. I love to cook so it doesn’t bother me that I have to take my own lunch with me. While we are on our staycation I thought of recipes that I could take with me each day. Of course, I had to share them with you.

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Warm Roasted Vegetable and Smoked Mackerel Salad

My salads are packed with nutrition and they leave me feeling fuller for longer. This salad is delicious hot or cold. Therefore you could make a big batch of this meal and keep the rest for leftovers the next day. All the ingredients are baked in one pan so there isn’t really that much equipment needed.

Plus the ingredients are sold in most shops and supermarkets around the country. If you can’t get smoked mackerel then plain will do the job too. If you are holidaying by the sea then you could always buy the local mackerel as well. However you decide to eat this dish, as always, please enjoy.

Gluten Free Cheese and Bacon Quiche

Quiche is a great picnic lunch staple. It’s definitely one lots of people love to eat every now and then. Sadly due to my gluten intolerance I can no longer eat shop brought quiche. Therefore I went on the hunt for a pastry I can eat. In recent months I have found a new flour called Sorghum. I mix it with other ingredients and it makes a very crumbly pastry.

It’s not the sort of flour you can buy in local shops I would make this dish and take it with me. It is freezable so you could store it in a freezer bag on the journey if you didn’t want to eat it as soon as you arrive. We have taken food on holiday and it has remained frozen in the bag we packed it in. It’s a very transferrable dish that could be eaten as a dinner or taken on a picnic as well.

Gluten Free Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs are well known in the UK as a picnic food. We often eat these delicious delicacies with an outdoor lunch on a warm summers day. In recent years, I have noticed scotch eggs appearing on menu’s in pubs and restaurants. I have often wondered what this treat would be like for a dinner. So I set to work trying to make Scotch Eggs for our dinner. It was delicious but these delicious eggs could be made for a picnic too.

These could be cook the day or evening before your day out and left to cool overnight. Then all you have to do is take them in a tupperware box and enjoy. You could eat this yummy scotch egg with a salad and crisps. They also make great leftover dinners as well. The only ingredient you may have trouble finding is the flax seed. I normally find flax seed in large bags in the supermarket but I know not all shops sell this item. If your not gluten intolerant you could use bread crumbs or even gluten free bread crumbs. These are great way to enjoy an egg and sausage on your day out.

Pesto and Pasta

We love pasta and it makes a lovely lunch time meal. Plus pesto can be such a refreshing flavour in the summer as well. There are several ways to make this pesto in this book but they all include lemon and basil of course. These two ingredients say summer to me. The sweet smell of basil mixed with the lemon make me imagine long warm days with the sun shining all the way through.

The ingredients for this dish should be fairly easy to buy from the local shops near your holiday home. If you can’t get pine nut then you could always use cashew nuts instead. You will need to take a blender or nutribullet with you to mix the ingredients. Either that or you could make this in advance and store it in the freezer. The dish can also be made for a vegan, vegetarian or meateater. A great dish to take with you and fed the family.

Gluten Free Caesar Salad

My dear old Dad always used to make me a Caesar Salad. I love salads so much that my husband has once nicknamed me ‘rabbit’. The one person who could make a scrumptious salad was my dad. One of my favourite meals was steak, chips and Caesar salad.

When I discovered I had a gluten intolerance I was gutted that I could no longer eat a Caesar Salad. A Caesar Salad is traditionally made with croutons which are made of bread. The other day I really wanted to eat this salad so I thought about how I could make without the croutons.

Recently I had made roasted garlic and herb chickpeas. So I decided to try these instead of croutons. The result was amazing and so yummy. I don’t think, even if I did like gluten free bread, that I will be going back to croutons. From now on it’s roasted chickpeas for me. It’s also transferable and it makes a great picnic lunch as well.

5 Easy Staycation Lunches are great meals that can be taken with you on a day trip. They can be made the evening before and left in the fridge overnight. Then all you have to do is store it in a suitable bag and eat if for your lunch. You can also make these meals for your dinner and any leftovers could be taken with you the next day too. These dishes make fantastic dinners and leftover lunches. However you decide to eat these meals, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx