I love to ask my children what they wanna be when they grow up.
One of the many things my 6-year-old will tell you is that he wants to start a food truck called “Punch Lunch” (because you would use a hole punch to punch your order, and he would serve secret punch recipes, like raspberry coconut).
The only menu item would be what we call “Mona buns,” named for the lady who first served them to us. Mona was serving these food-truck worthy creations long before the days of food trucks in Edmonton, and they are delicious!
We finish church late in the afternoon on Sundays so a fast and simple make-ahead meal with a no-fuss clean-up is what I gravitate to. These fit the bill perfectly. You (or your kids) can make them up to 2 days a head of time. They only take 15 minutes to cook, so by the time the church clothes are off, these are ready. The best part? No dishes necessary.
Here is the “recipe”:
Lay out sheets of foil.
Choose your buns and lay them on foil. We love ciabatta, but anything will do.
Add condiments and fillings that won’t go bad when heated in the oven (ie-if you want lettuce, put it in after this step).
Wrap in the foil, and add initials with a permanent marker.
Put them in the fridge.
When ready, bake in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes until the cheese melts.
Serve right out of the foil and with lettuce/pickles/tomatoes as fresh sides.
Put a dab of salad dressing (veggie dip) right on the foil to encourage the consumption of fresh vegetables.
The kids usually stick with ham and cheddar. But here are few more exciting options
1)Add onions to any basic deli meat and cheese variety (as they roast in the oven they add flavour)
2) Add a cooked chicken breast and BBQ sauce to make a” burger”
3) Leftover roast beef roast and blue cheese
4) Leftover turkey or chicken with pesto and goat cheese
5) Pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzerella
6) Leftover meatballs and marinara sauce with your choice of cheese
7) Warmed chicken salad with provolone cheese.
8) Roast beef and swiss
9) Bruschetta and Boursin cheese (I like this one open faced)
10) Tuna melt
11) Try a breakfast version with egg and bacon.
The possibilities are endless, and everyone gets what they want. The clean-up takes a few minutes.
I pay homage to the fancy Sunday dinners of times past (I enjoyed so many at the hands of my mother and grandmother), but sometimes, a new tradition is in order.