Tips on Preparing Meals for Others

by jessicaturner on June 11, 2010


I probably make one or two meals a month to take to people who are sick, had a baby, etc. I have been doing this for several years, so thought I would share a few tips I have learned along the way:

  • Make extra – usually people bring meals to someone every other day, so be sure there are going to be some leftovers.
  • Provide a complete meal, with all the fixings – On Sunday I brought Angie’s family crock pot chicken (recipe below), salad, fresh fruit and rice.
  • Make one of your favorite dishes – Think of how much you love that meal and know that the family will love it even more- and appreciate the time you took to make it.
  • Double the recipe – since you are going to the trouble to make a big meal for someone, you might as well make some for your family too.
  • Use disposable rubbermaid, tins or ziplocks – That way, the recipient doesn’t have to worry about getting your dishes back to you.

My two go-to meals are baked spinach pasta (recipe found here) or my favorite crock pot yummy chicken. While I have posted this before, I am reposting it for your reference because seriously, if you don’t have this in your dinner arsenal, you are missing out. Totally easy and yummy!

Yummy Crock Pot Chicken
We made this recipe up on our own, so that is why it has the creative yummy chicken name. It is soooo good and soooo easy.

1 lb chicken breasts or tenderloins
1 can stewed or diced tomatoes (I like the italian kind)
1 can chicken broth
1 sliced green pepper

1 chopped onion
salt and pepper
optional: 1 cream of celery soup – thickens the liquid and makes more of a gravy. We used to use this, but don’t any more. :)

Mix together and let the crock pot do its thing. Seriously, the chicken will be very tender and delicious.

Do you have any tips for preparing meals for people? Any favorite recipes you want to share?

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Shayla @ Design Finch August 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Great tips and recipes – thanks for sharing! I love being able to bless a family with a homemade meal. Actually, I recently posted some easy recipes and printable labels on my blog here:


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