I love the idea of “intentional kitchening” – where you use food from your kitchen to love and serve others who need a little extra love and care. We think of this most often when someone has a new baby or when the person who does the cooking is off their feet due to surgery or sickness.
Here are a few other situations where a meal from your kitchen might love and serve your friends:
- On moving day – breakfast for the first morning in their new home, when everything is still boxed up
- When someone starts a new job/school routine and is trying to get in the swing of a busy schedule
- When someone is going through a difficult trial (even if it’s not a sickness). Having one less thing to do that day would be a huge blessing.
- A friend who cares for a terminally ill family member or elderly parents might appreciate a meal on any given day.
- A coworker who has been a blessing to you during a busy season at work – return the favor by bringing them a meal they can take home and enjoy.
I like to share things that don’t have to be eaten right away, but can be heated as needed. These are three meals I’ve shared recently with friends – they are crowd pleasers and reheat nicely!
Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole: I like this because it’s a one pot meal. You could leave out the broccoli or sub frozen peas to suit your preferences. Add a bagged salad or some fruit and you’re good to go!
Taco Casserole: I like to take this with a bag of tortilla chips, a jar of salsa and a container of sour cream. This one reheats really well and can even be stored in the freezer. You could keep this on hand and just pull a pan out when someone needs a meal!
Breakfast Burritos: I think that breakfast is always a nice thing to share with people! Here’s how to make these:
Cook a pound of breakfast sausage, scramble in a dozen eggs and add a little season salt. Fill flour tortillas with the mixture and some cheddar cheese. Wrap each burrito in wax paper. These can be frozen in a large freezer bag and used as needed. Heat each burrito in the microwave 30 seconds or if frozen, 1 minute.
I usually take these with a jar of salsa, a batch of muffins and seasonal fruit.
I always try to add in some pretty paper products (so they don’t have to do dishes) and I always use disposable containers (so they don’t have to get anything back to me). All of these things can be purchased at Dollar Tree. I just keep a stash on hand and use it as I need it!
Do you know someone who could benefit from a meal? Try one of these recipes and show them some love!