Serving through meals and food is one of my favorite ways to help others. It’s been one of the most effective ways I personally could serve over the years in many ways. Over our married years we have not had much money to donate, or time, or resources- but! I do have food. I have a love and appreciation for what food can do. It can heal and bring comfort. It can alleviate so many burdens, and EVERYONE needs food.
We have been participating in the LDS.org #lighttheworld campaign. My family has been loving it. Today is especially close to our hearts, and is particularly why we choose to do this service meals & giveaway THIS week. Today for their 25 days to light the world in 25 ways is Jesus fed the hungry and so can you.
We firmly believe that you do NOT have to be a cook to serve with food. We also believe that feeding the hungry does not always mean physically hungry. Someone you know can be spiritually, emotionally or ALL of the above starving- by visiting them, writing a card and delivering a meal or cookie or sweet bread will feed them.
Today I’m sharing my top go-to service meals for every family. These I LOVE because they are unique, easy, and EVERYONE will love them. The pickiest eater will love it, it will fill up the hungriest manly man and is lean for the health conscious eater. If you use a gluten free crust, it is also Gluten-free! First up I’m sharing my #1 most popular meal. Chicken Cordon Bleu. DONT SHY AWAY because of the title. I have an easy, FAST, fail-proof method to making this recipe. It can be delivered pipping hot or even raw (but prepared) so the receiver can put it in the oven at their own convienence. They can even freeze it! The recipe is linked, but I also want to add– using fully cooked bacon is an AMAZING substitute for ham ;) you know, if you really wanna impress someone.
TIP: ALWAYS, ALWAYS keep foil disposables on hand. You never know when you will need to help someone.I love the mini bread pans, 8×8, and the 9×13 pans. I bake the chicken cordon blue in a large foil pan. Take the rice, fruit, and sauce over in the $2 Rubbermaid takeAlongs. The receiver then has the option to toss all the dishes and not even half to worry about cleaning up. And you don’t have to worry about getting your fancy dish back.
Below I have linked some of my favorite meals, breads and desserts! They are always loved, easy to make, easy to transport, and many of them can be frozen, or saved to be cooked for later.
- The Picky Eater: Mac N Cheese! + Fruit Salad + these breadsticks are pretty bomb
- The Gluten Free Diet: SOUPS are always amazing, but if you want to try something a little more non-traditional filling this Thai Yellow Curry will knock their socks off. A little easier dish is this Thai Peanut Saute.
- The Vegetarian: We have MANY vegetarian recipes! Try a unique salad + homemade dressing (also many of these on this blog), and a quinoa dish for a hearty meal that will fill them up.
- The REALLY sickies: These friends are often on soft foods and clear liquid diets, and may not have much of an appetite anyway. However, they need food and do not have the energy. Try our soup category– but especially those clear liquid ones- every wonder why chicken noodle tastes so dang good while your sick? a delicious minestrone soup would be filling and full of those healthy veggies!
FAVORITE Sweet Breads that go perfect in mini foil tins- the perfect gift or service meal!