Q: My boyfriend and I recently moved in together. The only issue is he works a late shift (4pm to 1am) for 2 weeks a month. When we lived apart I ate like a single person when he was on the late shift. Now that we live together it seems silly to make two grocery trips and eat two separate menus just because of timing. For winter and fall casseroles and stews are obvious choices that we could make and have ready for the other person, but no one wants beef stew when it's 80 degrees out.
Can you suggest any spring/summer time meals that re-heat well or you can eat right out of the fridge?
Sent by Elizabeth
Editor: Elizabeth, we are big fans of grain salads and pasta salads. They can be complete meals (just add a little shredded chicken if you want some meat) or they can work as side dishes for the nights when you do get to eat a more leisurely dinner together. Here are a couple roundups of some favorite recipes:
• Make-Ahead Lunches! 9 Fresh and Satisfying Grain Salads
• Make-Ahead Lunch Template: Pasta Salad with Veggies, Cheese, and Greens
Readers, what other ideas do you have for Elizabeth?
Recipe: Meyer Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese
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