Blessing others with meals

November 1, 2010 by andrea | Filed under Handy Hints, Recipes.

We all have people in our lives that we can bless with a homemade meal now and again: friends or family who are under the weather, who have lost a job, who have just had a baby, who are suffering from a long term illness, who are grieving the loss of a loved one, or who have simply had a really bad day. Whatever the reason, delivering a meal to that person or family can be a tremendous source of comfort and support.

There are several online sites, such as FoodTidings.com, that make organizing a meal schedule for someone a cinch. Inspired2cook is actually being featured at Food Tidings today so you should go check them out. They are an incredible resource for organizing meal schedules!

I’ve led and/or have been part of meal ministries for about ten years now so I’ve learned a few things along the way. First of all, I strive to make healthful meals with fresh ingredients, and I always deliver the food in disposable or reusable containers that don’t need to be returned to me. I also like to ask the meal recipient for very specific food likes, dislikes and allergies. There’s nothing worse than taking a pot roast to a vegetarian. That happened to me once…no joke!  B-U-M-M-E-R! Now I press people for ULTRA specific information.  

Here’s a few favorite types of meals that I like to make when I’m delivering a meal to someone. Unless I’m dropping off a hot meal, I try to choose recipes that will still look appetizing after being refrigerated for several hours and still be delicious when reheated. And, I almost always make double the amount so my family can eat the same meal for dinner that night, too.

I hope you’ll find some new recipes on my site and come back to Inspired2cook often. You can even sign up to receive email updates. I try to post new recipes 2-3 times a week. Happy cooking!

 Chicken Noodle Soup

  Pasta, Sausage and Bean Soup

  Shoyu Chicken
 
 Quick Turkey Enchiladas

 Roast Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar and Sage

 Real Sloppy Joes

 Chile Mac

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3 Responses to “Blessing others with meals”

  1. Kristin says:

    I agree – there is nothing better than taking meals to friends who need it. I have taken meals to everyone that had babies at our church in the last 2 years – sadly I didn’t get any in return so I really know how badly they need them! Despite all this, I forge ahead. 🙂 I’m glad you posted some of the recipes you take. There is a group of little ones coming in the next few months and I know I’ll get sick of making the same old things! Not to mention that I’m due in April and, since I didn’t get any meals last time, I need to make a bunch of meals to freeze ahead. Thank you!

  2. Lisa says:

    Hi there! We appreciate you getting the word out about Food Tidings, and these recipe ideas are awesome!!!

  3. LuAnn says:

    New to your blog on a link from Food Tidings. Wonderful idea!