Friday, August 30, 2019

6 Easy Dinners to Deliver

Happy Friday!!  Hope you've had a nice weekend and have a 3 day weekend ahead.  We're excited for a long weekend and hoping to do some fun stuff around town.  See you back here on Tuesday.

If you've been around here for very long, you know that I really enjoy delivering dinner to families in need.  Sometimes I take meals to friends, neighbors, church members, classmates of Olive's, etc. I'm always listening for needs to be mentioned and then taking the initiative to offer to deliver dinner.

I'm not a gourmet cook that feels super confident making new recipes.  I am just a regular home cook that loves cooking for other people.  Have you ever listened to Amy Hannon (@eunamaes on instagram) talk about her mission of Love, Welcome, Serve and biblical hospitality?  She's very inspiring when it comes to sharing your love of cooking with others.

I wanted to round up 6 meals ideas today to give you some easy, approachable recipes that you can make for your own family and are really portable recipes to share.  Oftentimes I make double the recipe so my family has the same meal that I am delivering to a friend.  Makes my life easier to just double the recipes and not meal prep two separate meals.

I try to deliver the following things: main dish, bread/sides, veggies, fruits and a dessert.

1. Charcuterie Board To Go
It's no surprise that I combined my love of charcuterie boards with delivering dinner.  This was such an easy meal to put together.  The meats required no chopping.  I did chop two blocks of cheese.  The fruit and veggies were really quick.  I opted for baking some frozen Sister Shubert rolls vs homemade because I am not a bread baker. 

meat & cheese
salty crackers/chex mix
Sister Shubert rolls
veggies & fruits
pumpkin cookies

2. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole
Remember when I shared this recipe earlier this month??  It was a big hit at my house and with my friends.  She said her family said it was just as good as their favorite Tokyo restaurant in town :)  I loved this no bake, healthy-ish casserole.  It's so portable, colorful and delicious.

3. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
This meal came together so quickly!  I picked up everything I needed at Aldi - cherries, sweet potato chips, pulled chicken bbq, tortilla shells and shredded cheddar.  I heated the chicken on the stove, made the quesadillas on the stove and delivered everything else right from the store.  I did a mix of cheese and bbq chicken quesadillas so there was something for everyone.  This meal was delicious.  I"ll be repeating it for our family and to deliver to friends.

4. Pasta Dishes
Pasta dishes always rank high on my list when I am looking for a meal to take to others.  I've made baked spaghetti, stuffed pasta shells, mostacelli, pizza spaghetti, regular spaghetti, alfredo, etc.  There are tons of options.  The pasta dishes travel well and reheat well for leftovers.  I added steamed veggies, bananas, french bread and cookies.  Everything was fully cooked and I left instructions for reheating it all in the oven.  I didn't have time to cut up fruit so I sent bananas along with this meal.

5. Take Out
Text your friends when you hear that they are sick or their kids are sick or that they could use a meal and ask them to give you their order for a take out place in town.  I've done this for Panda Express, Pizzas and Chick-Fil-A.  It was so easy for me to swing through a drive through and order them exactly what their family wants.  My friends appreciated this just as much as meals I spent time preparing in my own kitchen.  So if you're not a cook or don't have time to fix a dinner, just remember you can still take care of others and bring them a drive through or take out dinner.

6. BBQ Chicken/Cheese Pizzas
Remember how I've mentioned loving those naan flatbreads from Aldi??  They make the best pizza crusts.  I delivered this meal to a friend with mac & cheese, oranges and Snickerdoodles. I made cheese pizzas for the kids and BBQ Chicken Pizzas for the kids.  This is my BBQ chicken pizza recipe.  I made the toppings the same and just subbed out the raw pizza crust for the naan flatbread pizza crusts.

Hope you found a new meal idea or two that you could share with friends this Fall!

What meals do you like to make when you take dinner to someone??

It's time to link up with my favorite blogging buddies for High Five for Friday.  Join us with a few different blog posts and be sure to look around to find some new blog friends

Becky @  By BMG Blog
Della @ Della Devoted
Tif @ Bright on a Budget
Whitney P @ Come Home for Comfort


  1. I often make baked pasta dishes for delivery too! When my sister just had her first baby I used some disposable tins to make them a Caesar salad (I left the dressing & croutons on the side), a dessert, and some lasagna. It was a huge hit. I remember my mother in law brining a loaf of bread, some prepared chicken salad, and fresh cut up fruit for us when my oldest was first born; it was nice having a cold meal I didn't have to worry about missing when I was nursing. These are all great ideas!

  2. You are a very caring person Whitney and a very loving one..I know everyone appreciates your take in meals.

  3. I love these ideas. I think the best thing to remember when taking a meal is - Keep it Simple! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Thank you for this reminder! I love all of these ideas and it is always appreciated when a mom doesn't have to worry about putting dinner on the table. I love the idea of just doubling whatever you are making. Y'all have a great 3 day weekend!

  5. You TRULY live out the Love, Welcome, Serve mentality Whitney!! I just love you and your heart!! Happy Friday friend!!

  6. You are a true inspiration! Because of you, my friend,who had a baby two weeks ago, had a taco dinner that I had doubled. I am so glad a little of you rubbed off on me. I would live an additional post on this subject. Plus,info on how to reheat pasta casserole.


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