So for the past couple of years I’ve gotten groups of family and friends together to go on day trips. We’ll load a bunch of people into my family’s 15 passenger van and head out. I like to keep the adventures fairly simple, coordinating dates with all the adult schedules from multiple families is complicated enough! This is where the Robin Hood lunch comes in.
The Robin Hood Lunch is tradition around here, made up by my older sister years ago. We’ve introduced tons of my friends to the concept and while the idea of ripping chunks of French bread sounds appealing, the lack of mayonnaise was what really got them.
Let me tell you the basics of a Robin Hood Lunch…. French bread (unsliced), deli meat of choice, cheese slices of choice and juice. Simple? Yes. Basically you rip off hunks of bread, tear the bread open like a hot dog bun, slap on some meat, then a piece of cheese. Fold. Eat. No plates. No knives. No condiments. No posh tablecloth…
I was tired of soggy sandwiches, the hours of work before, the trash, cleaning everything up afterwards. Now we use it almost EVERY time we go out on day trips. It is no mess, little effort and not too expensive.
Here’s the “recipe”
Robin Hood Lunch
French Bread (around 4 servings)
Deli Meat (4 oz per person – ish)
Pre-sliced Cheese (cheddar, Provolone and Pepper Jack are favorites around here)
Juice of some kind
For my best friends, who are all Kombucha drinkers, that is our choice
For my family: they usually prefer the Naked Blue Machine Smoothie
For large groups: Capri Sun is the best because no mess.
Fruit and Veg (optional). I like to bring along snap peas, carrots, grapes or strawberries.
Chips, cookies, candy and snacks
Case of water
When we go as a large group, everyone will pitch in to bring enough food. I’ll make sure to bring meat, cheese and bread and people will bring the rest. We haven’t starved yet!
A couple variations?
The Costco version. Pictured below…. This one was delicious and equally as easy. It was a one stop meal on our way to the beach.