Most nights our family enjoys a pretty/quite good home cooked meal together. Two athletic teens who will eat anything (what a blessing!). But, Wednesday nights we are all going different directions. I like to make something good that each of us can eat when we get home, but I'm stuck in a rut. It should be OK sitting on the counter for 2-3 hours. It should need minimal prep time or just a quick shot in the microwave. I am gluten and dairy free, but OK with just the salad or veggies (in fact, this is one night I often serve pasta dishes since we don't eat together). We're all OK with or without meat. My rut includes: various pasta dishes + salads, tostada or quesadillas with assorted good stuff, thai or vietnamese inspired steak and rice noodle salad, spinach/potato/sausage salad.
Any ideas? Up to 1 hour of cooking prep time ok. Bonus points for good leftovers for lunches.