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disykat
11-01-2002, 05:27 PM
Everytime I need to take a meal to someone (new baby, family illness etc.) I freeze up and end up taking macaroni & cheese or lasagna. My Pastor is moving and one of his sons can't eat dairy. I'm debating between beef stew and sloppy joes (they have young kids). I always worry someone won't like it etc. and try to stick to not very spicy or exotic.

What are some of your tried and true, easy to carry in a foil container and maybe some baggies meals?

Lainy67
11-01-2002, 06:21 PM
What about something like a layered taco salad. Or some sort of large chicken pot pie. Something that gets a bunch of veggies in the mix too. Stew might be nice as well. Sometimes they (veggies) tend to be forgotten when the meals are done.

Or you could do hot dogs with chili, since there are kids. Although my niece and nephews only eat the buns LOL.

Beanie
11-01-2002, 09:24 PM
Chicken Pie always works for me when I need to feed people! :) I just use a casserole dish and bake it in the oven, then put the lid on and I can take it anywhere! It is so easy and most everyone likes it! :)

disykat
11-02-2002, 06:38 PM
Thanks for the replies! I don't want to do chicken pot pie because that's what a friend is taking. I made stew for my family last night and it didn't turn out well, so my confidence level is down on that one. I may stick to sloppy joes, salad, fruit, and cookies - it was a favorite when my own kids were toddlers.

I'd love a chicken pie recipe though !

CJMickeyMouse
11-02-2002, 10:25 PM
Cookies are good.... maybe jello for the kids... you could do jigglers too.

Baked goods are always a hit - fresh bread, pie, etc.

If you want a meal I think sloppy joes with buns are a great idea.

bananiem
11-03-2002, 12:39 PM
This may be silly but what if you get them gift certificates for a night out or take out food AFTER they've moved? I know when we've moved that even if the kitchen is unpacked I'm so tired at night from unpacking everything else that it's kind of nice to have dinner taken care of. Of course the new congregation will probably pitch in there.
How about trail mix or brownies or cookies for the children?

piratesmate
11-03-2002, 05:09 PM
In addition to the suggestions that you've already gotten, non-dairy items I've taken or received:
- a hearty soup with crusty bread
- baked ham (I just make a smaller casserole of green bean, etc - whatever we're having)
- roast, potatoes & carrots (again, what we're having that night)
- shredded meat (turkey, chicken, beef) in broth with crusty rolls for sandwiches
- BBQ beef cups (filled refrig biscuits pressed into muffin tins)
- shepherd's pie
- what my mother called "goulash" - ground beef, elbow macaroni & tomato sauce)
- PA Dutch chicken pot pie, which is NOT a pie - it's similar to a chicken stew I guess. You can either make homemade noodles to go with it or buy Mueller's Bot Boi noodles - ~2" square egg noodles
Deb

Here is the recipe I use for chicken pie.

Leftover Chicken Pie
1 jar chicken gravy
1/2 c water
2 Tbl flour
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp parsley
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 c cooked chicken
2 c potatoes
2 c mixed vegetables
prepared pie crust
Mix gravy, water, flour, pepper, bouillon, parsley & garlic in a large bowl. Stir in chicken, potatoes (canned or nuked & peeled) & veggies. Pour into ungreased casserole. Top with pie crust & seal edges. Cut slits in top & bake at 425 for 30 min, until crust is golden brown & liquid bubbles through slits.

d.kurz
11-03-2002, 07:14 PM
I usually send a quart of frozen homemade spaghetti sauce, a zip loc baggie of frozen Italian sausage or home made meatballs, and a box of fresh or supermarket pasta. That way it can be put into the receiver's freezer, or eaten ASAP if needed.

PamCo88
11-04-2002, 12:27 PM
I like to make baskets with sauce, pasta and desert - usually cookies.

I make BIG batches of sauce and Can it. So in a basket I would include 2 quarts of sauce and 1 pound of pasta. (sometimes in the sauce I include meatballs and sausage - depends what type sauce I made)

holycow
11-07-2002, 12:54 PM
I tried the Chicken Pot Pie and it was great!
HC