Sunday, November 14, 2010

Take Them a Meal

What do you make when you take dinner to someone?

Take Them a Meal features several women that share a favorite recipe, transport tips, their favorite meal they've received, and a meal disaster they've experience. I got some great tips from this site - and some new recipes to try! This site also has a meal scheduling tool.

I thought I'd share my "recipes and tips" for taking a meal into someone.

Megan's Favorite Recipe - Chicken Enchiladas

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 3 cans cream of chicken
  • 1 can chopped green chiles
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 doz flour tortillas

Mix chicken, cream of chicken, chiles, cheese and sour cream in a mixing bowl until smooth. Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9 X 13 casserole dish. Put a scoop of sauce in each tortilla, roll up, and place next to each other. Pour remaining sauce over top of enchiladas. Cover with grated cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese melts.

I love this recipe because I can make it in the morning and then pop it in the oven half an hour before it's time to go. I make a second pan for my family (just split the recipe into two 9 x 9 pans if the family I'm taking the meal to is also small). This goes well with a green salad or jello salad, rice, and cornbread muffins.

Megan's Transport Tips

I try to take everything in disposable containers so the person receiving the meal doesn't have to wash and return. It can get expensive, though, to buy disposable containers if you take meals in very often. I like the chicken enchiladas because I can scoop them out of the pan onto a sturdy paper plate or two and cover with tin foil to take. I also love ziplock bags for salad and rolls.

I also load everything up in one of the boxes from Costco. That way I can get everything to the door in one trip and I don't have to worry about leaving my hot pads with whoever answers the door.

Megan's Favorite Meal She's Received

I love anything I didn't have to cook! My family isn't picky and we like just about everything.

I had a friend call and ask if she could bring me dinner. Not for any particular reason, just because. That was a wonderful surprise!

Megan's Meal Disaster

Once I completely forgot I was taking dinner to someone. I mean, I remembered a couple of days later. Luckily that particular meal had been split up and someone else was taking a main dish and dessert and so I was supposed to take salad and rolls. Oops! Really could have used a tool like Take Them a Meal that sends email reminders the day you are supposed to take in a meal.

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