When it comes to food, we would all love to eat fresh, healthy, home cooked meals, but too many of us struggle to find the time for it. Home cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be time consuming. It also doesn’t have to be at a master chef level to be enjoyable. You can create a nice meal with virtually no skills and in a very short period of time. All you need is a spoonful of willingness, a smidgeon of time and a dash of imagination.
Cherry Tree Farm offered to send me a selection of their products, so I can come up with some quick and easy meal options using theirs 100% British, cooked and ready to eat meats. For this moment there is a choice of 7 lovely poultry products to pick from:
- American Fried Chicken
- Roast Chicken
- Roast Chicken Chunks
- Tikka Chicken Chunks
- Hickory Smoked Turkey
- Roast Turkey
- Turkey Ham
There are a lot of dishes ready cooked meats can be used for. Today, I would love to share with you my best three lunch options. They are all quick and extremely easy to prepare; and of course taste delicious.
The Humble Sandwich
Difficulty level: extremely easy
Skills required: none
Ready in: 2 minutes
- 1 x good quality soft white roll
- 2 x slice of Cherry Tree Farm British Roast Turkey
- Real butter
Some might say that this sandwich is a boring option… me… I love a good sandwich. Just like with any dish, it is all about the ingredients. If you have fresh, good quality ingredients, you don’t really have to do a lot more to it… let the food speak for itself.
A simple meat sandwich made with a good quality roll or bread, spread with some real butter and of course a tasty slice of meat can be extremely satisfying. And the best part is… you do not need to have any cooking skills to make it. Even if you are not so handy with a sharp knife you can prepare it… just tear your roll apart… see, no knife skills needed.
Finger Food Platter
Difficulty level: easy
Skills required: chopping with a sharp knife
Ready in: 5 minutes
- 1 pack Cherry Tree Farm Roast Chicken Chunks
- 25g cheese
- 1 tomato
- ¼ cucumber
- Slice of bread
As long as you can use the knife, you can make it. Preparation time will depend on your cutting / chopping speed but I would judge that five minutes would be more than enough time even for the most careful chopper out there.
Food platters can look lovely and are therefore very inviting. They are especially fun f you have some company joining you for lunch. Use toothpicks to move food over if you like clean hands…or feel free to dig in with your fingers… after all it is a finger food.
Chicken and Rice Salad
Difficulty level: easy
Skills required: chopping with a sharp knife, cooking rice
Ready in: 10 minutes
- 1 pack Cherry Tree Farm British Roast Chicken
- 25g cheese
- 2 gherkins
- ½ tin of sweetcorn
- 50g cooked rice
- 2tbsp mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper to taste
Now, we have reached a “level 3” lunch recipe – cutting and cooking skills required. Actually, this isn’t necessary true. If you don’t know how to cook rice or want to save some time, cheat a little and use a packed, almost ready to eat rice, which you just microwave for 2-3 minutes.
Anyways, all you have to do in order to create this lovely light salad is to chop all the other ingredients, mix them well with a good spoonful of mayonnaise and flavour to taste.
I actually cut the cheese with a knife, but you might prefer the grated option. The main difference is in the taste – cheese cut into cubes will give you less but bigger chunks, meaning once you bite into it, you will taste mainly cheese; the grated option on the other hand will give you more cheese all over your salad making in general your salad taste slightly more cheesy 😉
If you have the time and are feeling brave – add some chopped boiled egg into it or a small tin of garden peas.
I like this type of salad mainly because it is rice based; it is perfect for packed lunches and keeping in the fridge for when you can’t be bothered to make anything, it will serve you well as self standing meal.
So, there you have it… my three quick and easy lunches.
Now, it is your turn… what’s your quick and easy favourite lunch idea?