Have you ever participated in a meal train? This week I made dinner for a friend in need. Sometimes, during times of sickness or family emergencies, it’s nice to not have to think about making food. Meal trains are also perfect for any friends that have just had a baby.
Some things to consider when planning a meal are…
1. Make sure you rule out any food allergies. You certainly don’t want to add any extra stress.
2. Label the foods (either the recipe name or ingredient list)
3. Use containers that are disposable, so the recipient doesn’t have to worry about getting the dishes back to you. (The dollar store has inexpensive foil bakeware and Walmart has cheap BPA free plasticware.)
4. If you can, provide disposable dinnerware too. (Paper plates or foam bowls, plastic utensils and napkins.) Who wants to do the dishes when they have a lot wearing on them or feel sick?
As far as food choices go, you want to think about meals that travel well. Also, make classic dishes that you have prepared, so you know they taste good. It’s also better to make more food than not enough. Everyone appreciates leftovers.
If you are able to and want to provide a little extra to the meal- bring a drink and dessert option as well.
Some dish ideas that work well for food trains are:
- Chili (that’s what I prepared for my friend this week- it’s easy and comforting.) I also made cornbread and sent sour cream, shredded cheese and chopped red onion in small containers made by Diamond brand as toppings.
- Tacos with fixins’
- Fried chicken with sides
- Gift card to favorite restaurant
These are just a few ideas. What dish do you like to make for a friend in need?
Remember to keep it simple and dishes that reheat well are best. Your friend or family member is sure to be grateful for your gesture of kindness. Sometimes having one less thing off your plate during difficult times or transitions can really make a difference.
Thanks for reading! xo