Meal Planning

Make Them a Meal Ideas

Like in most families and church families, we are asked to bring a meal to someone who just had a baby or sick or had a death in the family.  My first question is always, “What do I make???”  I have ideas and then nothing sounds good.  Or I will try to double a recipe so that we have something at home to eat here.  Sometimes, I just draw a blank!

Therefore, here is a list of ideas, links and photos to meal ideas that are “stock” meals for bringing to families in need.   I also tried to pick things that double easily because we know you have to eat, too!  I put “dessert” as a catchall on each one.  Cookies, cakes or bars, I’m sure it will be delicious!  And don’t forget breakfast.  Freeze some pancakes so the kids have something to eat in the morning.  Or include some homemade doughnuts for the morning.

Tip for travel:  It is hard sometimes to get pans back, or you don’t want to burden the recipient with returning the pan.  If your grocery store has a hot deli section, ask for Styrofoam take out containers.  I always offer to pay for them and most of the time I get them for free or for 10 cents.  There are the foil pans in the regular stores as well of course.  The dollar store sells a 3 pack of foil round pans for $1 with a lid!

Meal 1:

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Garlic Bread

Meal 2:

Apple Butter or BBQ Pulled Pork
Hamburger Buns or Thin Buns
Fruit Salad or Vegetable

Meal 3:

Pizza Casserole

Meal 4:

Roast Beef
mashed potatoes
dessert or applesauce

Meal 5:

Skillet Lasagna
Green Beans

Meal 6:

Chicken Tenders
French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries
Cole Slaw

Meal 7:

Sausage Penne Bake
Fruit Salad
Roasted Asparagus or Cauliflower

Meal 8:

Easy Enchiladas
Spanish Rice
Refried Beans
Chips and Salsa

Meal 9:

Cincinatti Chili
Cheddar Cheese
Chopped Onion
Cooked Spaghetti

Meal 10:

Veggie and Fruit Tray
Cheddar Cheese, crackers, etc.

Meal 11: 

Taco Soup
Tortilla Chips
veggie and fruit tray

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