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Posted on: Nov 21, 2008 07:37AM, edited Nov 21, 2008 07:51AM by samon

samon wrote:

I have been asked to provide a meal for a family that is from my child's school.  There are several people that will be delivering meals on certain days and I am looking for ideas (for both now and possible future when I get asked to do this again).  I'm, of course, looking for inexpensive since money is sure tight these days and I am getting hit for donations everywhere.  Also, easy since I really am not a great cook and would prefer to give them a gift certificate to a pizza place, but figure I could at least handle a basic casserole.  I was hoping for something they could possibly freeze if they end up getting too much food, but that isn't a requirement either.  I think the person making the arrangements is planning out deliveries for separate days. 

Also, to those of you that have done this before, do you put the meal in a disposable pan or one that needs to be returned to you.  Since I have never done this before any advice would be appreciated.  Usually I have been involved with people in a group that supplies a meal...never did one all by myself. 

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Nov 21, 2008 08:25AM Dejaboo wrote:

Hmm- Im trying to think of some easy casseroles & havent come up with anything yet- Can you tell I havent cooked in years.

I would defiantly try to send it in a Disposable Foil pan.  That way they dont have to worry about getting it back to you & you dont have to worry about getting it back.

If I think of a recipe I will let you know.

Pam

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Nov 21, 2008 08:39AM LisaSDCA wrote:

I often send a big ol' lasagna, fresh Italian loaf (with garlic) and a tossed salad. Not an expensive dish at all, and hearty. Make a second batch for your family or freezer and the meal price even becomes more reasonable (buy in bulk). Depending on the family, I either make traditional lasagna or a yummy veggie-based one.

 It's easy to transport, freezes well, and is easy to find a foil pan that fits it. I make a batch of Killer Brownies and call it dinner!

HTH

Lisa

Stage IV mets to brain 11/2008 BRCA-1 positive

Dx 1/24/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 21, 2008 09:04AM everyminute wrote:

This is one that was delivered to me and was a huge hit - they brought it with a bag of frozen veggies and microwave long grain rice...

  CHICKEN WITH CRANBERRY SAUCE 

1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 (8 oz.) bottle Kraft French dressing
8 boneless chicken breasts, skinless

Mix onion soup, cranberry sauce and Kraft dressing. Pour over chicken breasts in 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, covered and uncovered 15 minutes. Serve over rice.

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Nov 21, 2008 10:02AM, edited Nov 21, 2008 10:08AM by lvtwoqlt

I would use the disposable pans because sometimes when you receive the meals, you can forget who brought what dish. Glad makes a line of ovenware that I use, it has lids that snap on (lids not oven save) and they go from freezer to oven with no problem.

I have an easy chicken pot pie recipe that can also use turkey left-overs

1 can veg-all mixed vegetables drained or 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables thawed

1 cup cooked chicken or turkey cut in pieces

1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup undiluted

1 cup Bisquick baking mix or self rising flour

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

(if using self rising flour 2 T melted butter)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In 8 or 9 inch square baking dish lightly greased, mix vegetables, chicken and soup and spread out evenly in pan. In a small bowl mix remaining ingredients until blended. Spoon evenly over vegetables and chicken. bake about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Take along a bag of salad mix and some brownies or cookies for a balanced meal.

Sheila

Women are like tea bags, we don't know how strong we are until we were thrown into hot water. Eleanore Roosevelt Diagnosed ADH Feb 2005, ADH Sept 2006

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Nov 21, 2008 02:41PM 1Cathi wrote:

This recipie is good because you can bake it ahead and just reheat in the microwave. It is a Spinich Quiche (without the crust)

1Cup Flour

1tsp Baking Powder

1tsp salt

Mix all together

ADD IN..

2 Whipped Eggs

1 Cup Milk

1 Stick Butter Melted

1/2 Cup chopped Onion

1 10oz package frozen spinich (thawed & drained)

1LB Shredded sharp cheese

10 dashes of Tabasco

Bake 350 for 1 hour & 15 minutes

Cut into squares and serve or store for later warm up .

If I make this for my hubby I will ad a 12oz package of chopped ham 

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Nov 21, 2008 04:31PM sumrgolfer wrote:

I would definately use a disposable pan for any meals.  I have a whole dining room table full of glassware and cookware that I need to return from people who delivered meals to us after my surgery.  It just makes it easier when you don't have to return anything.  Glad makes casserole size containers as well as the smaller ones.  You can also find the aluminum throw aways at the grocery store. 

As for food, we had some great meals delivered to us.  Beef stroganoff, shredded beef for sandwiches, lasagna, stuffed shells, mostaccioli, chicken enchiladas, chicken paramesan, shredded pork for fajitas, tater tot casserole, beef tacos and chicken tacos, chicken and rice casserole.  Soups would also be good. I also had the chicken recipe with the onion soup and cranberry sauce posted above delivered.  It was outstanding!  I will tell you that we had an overdose of lasagna sent to the house.  We had three pans in one week. We were craving some kind of food that was not in a red sauce after about 2 weeks.  LOL

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Nov 22, 2008 09:56AM, edited Nov 22, 2008 09:59AM by samon

Thank you all for your great ideas.  I will also be trying some of these recipes for myself. 

Lisa, if I made a batch of killer brownies, I don't think my family would let me get them out of the house!!

I guess I always get stuck with the idea of making something that could also be frozen if they get too much food.  I'm usually not one to freeze meals for later.  The only think I do that with is meatballs.  When there is great sale on hamburger, I make several batches of meatballs (I bake them and don't have to stand over them with a fry pan) When they are done I freeze them in ziplock bags in the amounts we would use for a meal.  Then put them in the microwave on defroze for about 8 minutes and they are defrosted and heated at the same time.

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Nov 22, 2008 10:52AM roseg wrote:

Chili with some cornbread is something my family would eat.

You can add a bag of salad and some ice cream bars and most children will be happy. 

Rose

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Nov 27, 2008 03:39PM mason204 wrote:

If the children are picky (like mine) they may turn their nose up at casseroles.  Something about all the foods "mixing together".  When friends send me meals, usually it's my husband and I eating them.

My kids love frozen chicken nuggets or breaded chicken cutlets.  My kids also love meatballs.

A friend brought a bag of frozen chicken nuggets, frozen fries and frozen vegs and our whole family "ate it up".  Although my hubby and I preferred the "home cooked meals", it made it a whole lot easier knowing that at least my kids were fed.

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Dx 12/23/2003, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 4/10 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 27, 2008 07:30PM, edited Sep 6, 2010 09:30PM by yellowrose

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Nov 28, 2008 05:12AM kerry_lamb wrote:

Samon, we have just got the 15yo boy at our place cooking one meal per week. He has a two-recipe repertoire! Maybe this one could help you! (And the kids wooof! it down): One supermarket roasted chicken,stripped. One big diced onion, fried in a LITTLE oil. Mix them together. Add a jar of peanut satay (No.1 favorite) or a jar of rogan josh (2nd. favorite). You can supply cooked rice separately, if you like. For bulk, add a tin of chick peas or red beans. (You could mash them a little to disguise them). Cook for 20 mins. then cool.   The tips about the foil containers are good. I have also frozen this meal in double freezer-bags. That way the family can use their own dishes. Can I just say..I am very impressed that your school would do this for someone. This is a great lesson to your own kids! 

Go hard or go home :)

Dx 2/15/2008, IDC, 3cm, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-