Meals as Ministry

Meals to Make and Share

Some meals are easier to whip together and tote across town than others. Long before I volunteered to help facilitate our church Meals Ministry, I was on the lookout for enjoyable but easy ways to bless others with food.

Portability is a must, and affordability helps a lot. 
These are my go-to dishes because they're
  • easily doubled (for large families or to feed my crew with enough to share)
  • travel well 
  • suitable for singles or families with finicky children
  • taste luxurious but are also
  • reasonably priced, especially if you watch for sales on the meat

Chicken-Bacon Alfredo A creamy, smoky bacon and grilled chicken dish that does need a little marinating, but why not marinate a double batch this week? Serve one to your family, then freeze the other half to share at a moment's notice when you need it.                                                            Serve with: green beans, edamame or a green salad and some crispy bread. Some cookies or a really ugly fudge cake would be nice, too.

Busy Day Strata  For a family in need of a little comfort food, this savory bread pudding is good not only as the main offering but also as a little "something extra" tucked in the bag for breakfast or lunch the next day. Bonus: it's adaptable to whatever bread, meats, cheeses, and herbs you have on hand, and you can keep a pan ready-to-go in the freezer for a spur-of-the-moment blessing. 
Serve with: to turn this stand-alone breakfast into supper, add a green salad or a cup of soup.

Ham Pasta in Bechemel Sauce A kind of dressy mac-n-cheese, it's comfort food for both grown-ups and kids. Add a handful of frozen spinach or green peas for an all-in-one dish.                                   Serve with: a green salad and maybe some cooked apples (or purchased applesauce).

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