From welcoming new babies, to undergoing surgeries – it feels like I’ve been making and taking meals to friends and family in need more than ever lately!

Maybe it’s all in my head, but I rarely feel like I have the right words to comfort someone when they’re going through a difficult or sorrowful time. My heart aches, but my brain can’t quite form the right words to help ease the pain. It’s through food that I’m able to show how much I care, and I think (hope!) people see that.

That said, meal ideas for people who are stuck on the couch after surgery, going through a tough time, or whose family is growing, is one of my most requested post topics and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to write on the subject because I definitely have a group of recipes I turn to time and time again when these types of situations pop up!

The 15 recipes to take to someone in need that I’m highlighting today all travel well, are easy to assemble by either you or the recipient, and are hearty and comforting yet healthy (for the most part!) I always try and deliver meals with a side dish or something to compliment the meal, so I’ve included a few ideas under each link, too.

只是一个提示,一定要询问收件人vwin游戏y food allergies or aversions before deciding what recipe to take over, and definitely don’t forget to print out the recipe so they can see exactly what’s in it and how to make/bake it if applicable.

最后,如果您想为朋友或家人组织膳食火车,我强烈推荐这一点Meal Train service. I was introduced to it last year after a friend gave birth to twin boys who were in the NICU for several weeks, and it is sooo slick!

What are your favorite meals to deliver to friends and family members in need?




Cheesy Vegetable, Turkey Sausage and Rice Casserole

由于这种俗气的蔬菜,土耳其香肠和米沙钵没有烘烤,我会送它热,那么如果收件人想吃它就是正确的方式 - 很棒!如果没有,它们可以在微波炉中重新加热单独的服务。无论哪种方式都完全是美味的。

Cheesy Vegetable, Turkey Sausage and Rice Casserole is a home run! This healthy and filling, gluten-free casserole recipe is pure comfort food. | www.safways.com

5 Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake

Pizza Pasta Bake combines the taste of pizza with the comfort of casserole – ie be prepared to achieve superhero status when you deliver this dish to someone’s front door. Have them bake per the recipe’s instructions, and they’ll be set.

5中原料的比萨意大利面烤干酪和十dent way to get your pizza fix. Simple and gluten-free! | www.safways.com

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

很少有菜干酪一样安慰enchiladas – especially when you’ve gone the extra mile to make the enchilada sauce from scratch (don’t worry – it takes less than 10 minutes to make with 100% fridge and pantry staples.) Cover and deliver unbaked, then have your friend bake and eat when hungry.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce will please the whole family. Make ahead, and so simple! #glutenfree | www.safways.com

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili


Crock Pot White Chicken Chili is hearty and filling yet low-fat, gluten and dairy-free! | www.safways.com


自制鸡汤面条是我的去食谱,以便接受生病的人。我告诉你,它为身体和灵魂讲述了奇迹。提供热或冷 - 无关紧要,因为它完美地重新加热。


While Chicken Noodle Soup is a sick person’s salvation, Shortcut Vegetable Ragu is what I take to new parents or anyone who needs a super nourishing meal. What can I say, a big plate of noodles topped with hearty sauce is like receiving a big hug. I usually double the recipe and deliver half the batch in a Gladware container, then scoop the other half into a Ziplock bag for them to stick in the freezer for later.

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole is another no-bake casserole – just top with cheese, broil, and eat – so either deliver hot or have them reheat in the microwave. This casserole has zest and zip, but isn’t spicy so it’s great for kids.

Taco Chili (Crock Pot Friendly)

Taco Chili的配方造成了大量的食物,因此收件人将享受几天的享受 - 这是一顿在捐赠的饭。这将是另一个伟大的食谱,所以他们手头有一个冷冻批次。不要忘记包括玉米片,奶酪切碎的奶酪和切碎的葱,换翅膀。

Taco Chili是改变Taco Night的有趣方式!热情和丰盛,这种无麸质辣椒食谱将全年都是最受欢迎的。德赢体育app制作炉灶或缸锅!|iowagirls.com.


缸罐鸡肉和野生米汤is hearty, healthy, and could NOT be easier. Deliver the soup already cooked or throw ALL the ingredients into a Ziplock bag and have the recipient cook in their crock pot. So good and easy!

15 Minute Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

Since Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps only take 15 minutes to cook, you could deliver all the ingredients pre-measured then have your friend or family member cook when they’re ready to eat, or just deliver the beef already cooked with cold lettuce wraps. Either way, this meal totally hits the spot.


Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

Take it from me, Sausage and Peppers is one of the BEST meals to receive. The recipe is based on my Aunt Mary’s famous sausage and peppers, which she’d send home with us every time we visited her in Ohio growing up. Since the peppers and sausages need to be seared before placing into the crock pot, I’d deliver this dish hot and ready.

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This is another dish that lends itself well to being delivered as a meal kit. Package sweet potatoes (either uncooked or already roasted,) alongside a container of shredded BBQ chicken, and all the fixin’s. Let the recipient assemble when and how they wish.

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes call for just 5 main ingredients and are insanely delicious. Leftovers are just as tasty too! | www.safways.com

Senegalese Soup

I realize almost all of these recipe ideas so far contain meat, so if you want to help out a vegetarian or vegan friend, Senegalese Soup is JUST the ticket. Heck, I’d really consider making it foranyonewho could use a fresh yet filling meal. This soup is one of my favorites.

Senegalese Soup is chock-full of sweet potatoes, chickpeas, warming curry and coconut milk. A healthy, gluten-free soup recipe that's delicious and filling! | www.safways.com

Breakfast Taco Casserole

Let’s not forget about breakfast! Breakfast Taco Casserole reheats SUPER well. I’d take completely baked for someone to eat hot, or let them know it’s just fine (and actually tastes even better) reheated in the microwave.

早餐Taco Casserole是早餐的层,炸玉米饼成分烘烤,易于吃,满足砂锅。这种无麸质早餐食谱也非常奇妙地重新加热!|iowagirls.com.

不含麸质Homestyle Chicken and Noodles


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