Today’s guest post from Jacinda offers suggestions for planning to take a meal to a friend. Today I hope you’ll share recipes that travel well, whether that’s on vacation, to a potluck or to share with a friend.
Being part of a church group provides me with many wonderful opportunities to help provide meals to others. Whether it’s having a baby, mourning a death in the family or just giving someone a break from a stressful time, bringing a meal can be one of the most comforting yet personal ways to show that someone cares for them.
If you are a person that gets the chance to do this often for others, you may know that it can be challenging on a budget, and hard to manage and organize the planning of the meals. Planning ahead and organization are definitely the keys in making meals for others a delightful, not daunting task.
What to make?
Make easy to assemble, and easy to eat meals. This might not be the time to be a gourmet chef, but to just stick with the “classics” of meals. Here are a few great ideas for what to bring:
- Casseroles/One Pot Dish: These can be put into foil or tupperware containers, and be an all-in-one meal.
- Roast Chicken
- Marinated, Grilled Meats
Scheduling of Meals
A great trick for making meals for others easier on yourself is knowing ahead of time when you will be bringing the meal. This way you can plan accordingly, and fit it into your own meal planning schedule.
If I am bringing a meal to someone soon, I fit it into my monthly freezer cooking days, and assemble and make the meal at that time. I then freeze it and have it ready to go when the time comes.
Planning of Meals
If you are part of a group that supports others in need, or maybe a part of a family that takes turns in visiting elderly or disabled family members, you know that half of the battle is figuring out who is going to bring what to the person in need.
Make Use of Technology
Take Them a Meal is a great website that a friend in our group started using for our class when we had people needing meals. It’s a free service that lets you set up meals for other people, all in one place.
- People bringing the meals can sign up for a specified date, and provide needed information.
- The person receiving the meals can see everyone’s phone numbers, dates, and any meals that they will be receiving.
- They can also list any dislikes or food allergies.
- The site also sends out emails to remind you a day ahead of who is coming to bring a meal.
Giving the gift of comfort to others is such a joy, and these tips have helped me enjoy it more because I know that no matter what my financial situation or time constraint, I can still be of some help to someone else
— Jacinda and her hubby live in NC and can be found writing about life as a homemaker at Homemaker Handguide where she teaches you “Fancy Living on a Frugal Budget” through couponing, cooking, and anything else.