taking a meal to a friend

February 13, 2012

i love to bring dinner to friends … a new baby, an illness, a move … sign me up! ๐Ÿ™‚

i know that it can be a little intimidating as we think about bringing a family a meal: what will i fix? will they like it? will it be enough, will i bring the right sides, etc? i believe we tend to over-think this; i’ve found that a simple meal brought with love can be so satisfying and wonderful for the receiving family.

i face these same questions and thought i’d share the dinner i fixed for some friends last night who were in the crazy midst of moving (who wants to cook on moving day!?).ย  it was simple, nourishing and hopefully tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

some of my best meal inspiration for taking dinner came when i was the blessed recipient of 3 weeks of meals brought to my family after i had josiah! i still cannot describe adequately how unbelievably wonderful that was. the ultimate gift. and by the way, speaking of keeping this simple: one of the most “basic” meals we were brought ended up being perfectly lovely: a bowl of prepared tuna salad, pita bread and whole fresh strawberries. it totally hit the spot! and we were blessed by the thought and action of this friend.ย  i’ve also been inspired and seen some great ideas about this kind of hospitality on sandy‘s blog.

so for yesterday’s dinner,ย it took a little planning ahead in that the night before i needed to take a whole, organic chicken out of the freezer to defrost. then yesterday morning, on our way out the door early for maddie’s basketball game, ย i put the chicken in the crockpot (prepared like this) with lots of chopped carrots. i turned it on low and we left for the day.

mid-afternoon, while running errands, i remembered i needed to get the rice in to cook, so i called hubby (who was home) and asked him to put 2 cups brown rice in the rice cooker.

when i returned home later in the afternoon, i fixed a big chopped green salad (mixed greens, spinach, red cabbage, apples, avocado, sunflower seeds, cranberries, celery … what i had on hand). i made a balsamic vinaigrette dressing to go with the salad.

on our way out the door to bring the dinner, i realized that paper goods would be essential for this family (again, moving day, where are dishes!?). so we made a quick stop at the store to get paper goods and while there, hubby insisted we needed to bring some cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ … so i let him pick some out. we also brought 2 kinds of juice drinks.

i kept it super simple by leaving the chicken in the crockpot – even bringing the base. i also left the rice in the rice cooker – both easily plugged in and warmed upon arrival.

i found this meal to be one of the easiest to bring and i felt good that it was “well-rounded” (well, i didn’t include fruit – often i’ll put in a whole pineapple or something similarly easy).

i am thankful for such special friends … for the giving and receiving of love (aka: food!) ๐Ÿ™‚


One Response to “taking a meal to a friend”

  1. I think you’re right that we probably overthink it when we’re cooking for others–I’ll never forget the meal that my sister in law brought over the night we got back from the hospital with Lizzy. It was a rotisserie chicken, green bean casserole, and some fruit. We still talk about it being the most amazing meal ever! Actually, I remember ALL the meals being amazing…even things that we don’t normally like or wouldn’t have normally made!

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