Thursday, March 30, 2017

Meal Ideas to Take to a Needy Family

Maybe you know a mom who just had a baby, miscarriage, a friend who just had surgery, death, an elderly friend or couple, or someone who has fallen on hard times.  You want to bless them with a meal but you need some inspiration. Many churches and women like to do this on a regular basis as a ministry to others and it is also a great way to bless others. Our family has not only made meals but also have been on the receiving end of that blessing and we have been so grateful for friends and family who have cared for us.

So today we wanted to share a few meal ideas to get your juices flowing--they were shared in our Wise Woman Builds {Titus 2} Facebook Group recently.

 The women there are amazing and shared so many great and helpful ideas!

Here they are:

1. Baked Spaghetti

2. Tuna Noodle Casserole

3. Homemade Soup and garlic bread

4. Breakfast casserole

5. Lasagna

6. Meatloaf

7. Chili

8. Enchiladas

9. Baked chicken, rice pilaf

10. Meatball subs

11. Tater tot Casserole

12. White Chicken Chili

13. Baked Minute Steak

14. Chicken Fajita Casserole

15. Shepherd Pie

16. Pizza

17. Chicken Tortilla Soups with avocado, lime, and chips

18. Lemon Garlic Dump Chicken

19. Baked Ziti

20. Sloppy Joes (send buns separately)

21. Chicken Pot Pie

22. Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

23. Taco Salad/ Taco Nachos/ Tacos Salad Bar

24. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

25. Roast

26. Stew or soups

27. Chicken Parmesan Casserole

28. Chicken Tettrazini

29. Pizza Bagels

30. Pesto Chicken/ BBQ Chicken

31. Smothered Hamburger Steaks

32. Potato Hash mixed with onions and veggies

 *Assuming there are no food allergies and many of the dishes can be adapted if needed! Don't forget to find out first!

If you join our group you can find some instructions to a few of the recipes and extra recipe links too!

Don't forget to add a side--most of the dishes go well with rolls (french or garlic bread) and a salad!

Dessert ideas can include:

  • fruit

  • fruit salad

  • cookies (or bars)

  • brownies

  • dump cake

  • banana bread

  • cupcakes

  • chocolate pudding pie

  • blondies

Here are a few breakfast ideas (breakfast is sometimes forgotten but still very helpful):

homemade waffles
homemade pancakes
egg scramble (mixed with veggies or not)
homemade egg muffins

A good meal calendar planner website to organize meals online is 

Important note: Don't forget to put items in disposable containers to make it easy on the recipient! Sometimes when you are a new mom or recovering from something it can be hard trying to clean dishes and return them to the correct family. 

What ideas would you add?

Share them in the comments below!


Joanna Vanderkooi said...

I just gave some groceries to a grandpa at church last night who is now rearing his six grandkids at his house since the mom and dad have deserted them. This article is coming at the exact right time. :)

Anonymous said...

This is coming at the perfect time! I just gave some groceries to a grandfather last night at church, whose son and daughter-in-law deserted their six kids. These kids are now staying with him and I felt led to get some food to help him out. A meal would also be a great idea! Thank you!

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

What a great idea to help out grandparents who are raising their grandchildren--thanks so much for sharing!

A Narrow-Minded Woman said...

Love these ideas! It is always such a great way to bless people by providing for their basic needs when they are going through a tough day/time.

Kapp's Kitchen said...

Great list!

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

I agree--we have been on the receiving end and SO blessed by others in the past. Something as simple as a meal can mean the world to another!


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