If there’s one thing I’m always on the lookout for its low prep meal ideas for Sabbath. With our large family (of 8), I don’t want to spend much time doing a bunch of cleaning and having a huge mess to clean up afterward. Call it what you want, but I’m just being honest!
How to Meal Plan for Sabbath
Before jumping into the meal ideas, I want to share how I meal plan for Sabbath. Again, when I’m on top of my “game,” Sabbath meals are planned at the beginning of the week. I purposefully plan meals throughout the week that yield leftovers or can be used to make other meals.
My intentions for doing this are to (1) have close to nothing left by the time Sabbath arrives or (2) have foods that can be incorporated into Sabbath meals.
Another rule of thumb I’ve adopted is to keep the meals simple and with like ingredients. This will not only save time but also money. To make this easier, consider having a theme that each meal can revolve around. The idea is to not be stressed out over what to cook, eat, and/or take to your fellowship.
20+ Low Prep Meal Ideas for Sabbath
The meals below are ideal for families of all sizes, potlucks, fellowships, and the like. They are broken up into categories for easy navigation and finding specific meal ideas.
Although we typically opt in for something super simple like cereal, there are other breakfast meals that can be made and refrigerated ahead of time, or easily assembled the morning of (with no cooking required).
- Yogurt Overnight Oats with Fruit
- Nut Butter, Banana, and Chai Seed Toast
- Berry Honey Yogurt Parfait (Pumpkin N Spice)
- No-Bake Breakfast Balls (Gimme Some Oven)
- Yogurt and Fruit Bowls
Depending on what I have planned, lunch is when we’ll have our biggest meal of Sabbath day. I try to cook enough to have leftovers for dinner and if not, we’ll have something small planned.
- Chicken Pasta Salad (Hebrew Roots Mom)
- Egg Salad (Love and Lemons)
- Chickpea Salad Sandwiches (Love and Lemons)
- Easy Macaroni Salad
- Taco Salad (or premade burritos)
- Veggie Rolls
- Tuna Sandwiches
- Burrito Bowls
If you observe Sabbath sundown to sundown, you’ll want to make sure you have Friday evening and Saturday evening planned and prepped for. We observe sun up to sun down but I still make sure I have Sabbath day dinner planned.
- Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken (Half Baked Harvest)
- Crock Pot Pasta (Well Plated)
- Apple Cider Beef Stew (The Nosher)
- Easy Spaghetti Bake
- One Pot Lasagna Soup (or a baked lasagna)
- Classic Pot Roast
- One Sheet Salmon and Asparagus
- Taco Casserole
Snacks are something we always try to keep on hand. In fact, we hit up the local-ish bulk store at least once a month to stock up on dietary-approved snacks. This is something I also recommend skipping unless you want to prepare something like a fruit or vegetable tray for snacking on.
Other than that, you can’t go wrong with snacks like popcorn, peanut butter crackers, plain crackers, wheat thins, granola bars, and veggie straws.
These are just a few of my go-to low prep meal ideas for Sabbath and you can find many more floating around out there. I usually just search Pinterest and save ideas to my Kosher Meal Planning Board. What are some of