You may already know this as a crudite platter or cheese tray or perhaps simply an appetizer. It's also perfect picnic food. You may come to know this as the meal that saves the day. The only prep time is opening jars and slicing a few things, which is strictly optional. Essentially going through the cupboards and serving up what is on hand. Or if you're pressed for time after work on Friday, swinging into the grocery store and grabbing a few things that don't need to be sliced and sauted.What you will need:
Olives - I used kalamata and garlic stuffed
Veggies - fresh or pickled
Almonds and other nuts
Have you noticed a pattern here? All of these things have a very long shelf life, so you can keep them on hand thus always having a backup plan for a Shabbat meal. Since non of these things requires cooking you could use this as a Saturday lunch if leftovers weren't plentiful from the night before. This meal is also the best go-to for power outages and emergency type situations.
Keeping the core of this meal on hand in the cupboard at all times is such a time saver and stress reliever. And you can supplement it with any fresh vegetables or leftovers you have. Apples and carrots can both stay good for months in the fridge so I usally have those too. Cheese also has a surprisingly long shelf-life when it is sealed in the package. Kosher goat cheese is easy to find and typically good for at least a couple of months. The same for cheddar which can also be kept frozen.
This tray includes:
Hummus (they sell canned hummus, but I haven't tried it.)
Roasted red peppers
Stuffed grape leafs (try a squeeze of lemon to liven up canned ones)
This can obviously be adjusted to suit your tastes or whatever you have at the time. Since there's so many options everyone will like at least a few things.
Other ideas would be:
Sliced cheddar cheese
Rustic bread or a baguette
Escabeche or pickled vegetables
Pita or pita chips
Broccoli or cauliflower florets
Stock up on a few of these non perishables the next time you're grocery shopping so that you and your family can have a delicious Shabbat meal no matter how crazy the week gets.