Gift A Friend with A Meal

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A good homecooked meal can be a perfect gift for someone who has had a baby, is facing an illness, has lost a loved one or just needs to know that someone cares.

Here are four good, cheap eats that are perfect to give away and show someone that you care. All one-dish dinners, you can add a green salad and a dessert for an elegant, but simple three-course meal.

1. Chicken Pot Pie

This dish is not half as complicated as it sounds, this is an easy one dish dinner that also freezes well.

2. Poblano Chile Enchiladas

These are a little bit of work, but so worth it!

3. Chicken Bacon Sub

Cooked chicken breast, crisp bacon, and jack cheese have a party in this party-sized sub.

4. Fresh Herb Lasagna

The flavors of fresh basil and garlic chives come bursting through in this meaty casserole.

What’s YOUR favorite meal to share?

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  1. Someone gifted me with a wonderful chicken lasagna at a very hard point in my life, and it’s seriously my favorite thing to make for someone else (think chicken pie, but with noodles instead of crust – no red sauce!). This year my son wants to make this for his teacher for Christmas. Which I think is an awesome idea. 🙂

  2. I so want some of those enchiladas! They are worth every second that it takes to make them. Yum!

  3. A meal is truly a great gift! After having each of my babies, I usually had a week of meals brought in by friends and family. It was wonderful not to have to even think about making meals! So now I try to return the favor to others as much as I can, and try to do one dish meals with a salad and bread. One of my favorite meals to give others is my easy Lasagna. I put it all together then they can just eat it through whenever they need it!

  4. My go-to meal used to be an old family recipe, chicken and noodles, one of our favorites. More recently I made stuffed shells, with a loaf of garlic bread and cut-up veggies on the side for a new mom at school. I agree, the gift of a meal is truly a gift, especially when the recipient isn’t necessarily a close friend. I’ve learned to step out of my comfort zone a little bit because a home-cooked meal is always appreciated!

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