Take Them a Meal

Monday, May 3, 2010

Last week, a friend introduced me to this genius website: TakeThemaMeal.com

Currently, I am signed up to bring meals to two different families in the next few weeks. Both have new babies at home. We all have done this - organized meals for new moms, or someone dealing with an illness or emergency. Doing it over email or the phone can get cumbersome. This website makes it easy, and if it is new to you (like it was to me), then I hope it helps you and your friends the next time someone is in need.

As this subject is fresh in my mind, here are some tips I recently discovered:
  • Consider bringing a breakfast dish.
  • When there is a new baby in the house, include a small toy for the older sibling.
  • Bring food in a disposable container so the recipient doesn't have to worry about returning your Pyrex.
  • Include a recipe card for what you prepared, so the recipient will know the ingredients (in case someone in the house has food allergies) and they can fix it again if they like it.
  • Wrap it up with a pretty ribbon.
If you have ever received a meal from me, then you know that I have not followed all these suggestions! But, now that I have been enlightened, I will try to do so in the future. Try.

Which leads me to my questions - what meals do you like to bring to others? And what meals do you like to receive? Is there one casserole you hope to never see again? Did you ever get something that was amazingly wonderful? When delivering food to someone, should everything be homemade, or are bag salads and store-bought casseroles okay? Does the presentation matter? What about dessert?

Please share your tips and helpful hints!

I know the two families I will be cooking for will be grateful . . .

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  1. Hi!
    This is the meal that I take: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-enchiladas-v/detail.aspx
    Chicken Enchiladas
    Chips and salsa- store bought
    Sometimes a sweet and
    6-pack Corona-light with a lime.
    Kids like it, Daddies love it, not too much dairy for nursing mommas, it can freeze if needed, I always use a lasagna-foil dish that can be thrown away, and the beer is just fun!
    We loved receiving meals when our son was born and I didn't know how useful it can be until I had my own delivered meals.
    I was over-done on pasta, bread and a salad. Easy to make, easy to deliver, but heavy on the tummy- in my humble opinion.
    Oh, and don't forget the love! I had some not-so-great meals made with more love and care and therefor meant more than those gourmet meals delivered with a "Hi and Bye".