Easy On Hand Shabbat Meal

Easy meal you can always have on hand for Shabbat | Land of Honey
Observing the Sabbath day means preparing ahead of time for meals. Easier said than done, I know. Try as we might sometimes plans fall through and the week gets away from us. Sundown is fast approaching on Friday evening with no leftovers in the fridge, and nothing in the oven. What do you do then? I present a simple meal.
Crudite lunch for Shabbat | Land of Honey
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.
Have these on hand for an easy Shabbat meal | Land of Honey
What you will need:

Olives - I used kalamata and garlic stuffed

Veggies - fresh or pickled
Grape leafs
Almonds and other nuts
Dried fruit

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 none 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. 
Crudite picnic meal for Shabbat | Land of Honey
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.
Crudite picnic meal for Shabbat | Land of Honey
This tray includes:
Hummus (they sell canned hummus, but I haven't tried it.)
Goat cheese
Roasted red peppers
Stuffed grape leafs (try a squeeze of lemon to liven up canned ones)
Carrot sticks
Cherry tomatoes
Apple slices
Dried cranberries
Dried figs
Fresh plumbs
Dried pineapple
Brazil nuts

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
Canned artichokes
Rustic bread or a baguette
Escabeche or pickled vegetables
Pita or pita chips
Brie cheese
Sliced pears
Broccoli or cauliflower florets
Baby carrots
Lunchbox peppers
Nut butters
Snap peas
Shabbat picnic | Land of Honey
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.


  1. I love this wonderful idea, thank you for sharing! Can you tell me where you found that lovely challah cover?

    1. Thank you Jackie! I actually made that myself and will be sharing how in an upcoming post! :)

  2. I think this is going to be a great series and I'm looking forward to what's in store! And as always, your thoughts are meaningful and your pictures are outstanding!

  3. New to visiting, a wonderful post and idea! :) Glad I stopped by!

    1. Thank you Andi! So glad to 'meet' you!

  4. Yum! This is one of our favourite Shabbat lunches (actually, lunches most days - ha!)! Best part is that each person can just pick what they like, and there's no complaints about the meal!

    1. Meals like that are gold, aren't they? We have Shabbat lunch with a variety of dietary preferences and needs so this is a go-to we all agree with!

  5. Stocked up on the things I was low on and checked this off! Now if I can just keep teenage boys from finding and eating it all again! ;-)

    1. That can be a little bit of a struggle here too! There are a few items that the extras get hidden away for safekeeping. :)