12 in ’12 – Meal Ministry Ideas

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 16, 2012

For 2012, I’ve decided to run a monthly/bimonthly/weekly series called 12 in ’12. It will be a list of 12 related items, recipes, slow cooker meals, etc. that will help you along your way in spending less on groceries and being creative in the kitchen!

Next in the series…Meal Ministry Ideas!

There are many times throughout the year that we are called on to make a meal for someone we know and love…birth of a new baby, adopting a baby, surgery or prolonged illness, job loss and more. If you’re looking for some new ideas of inexpensive, but delicious meals to take, here are a few ideas for you:

Another resource to use is Take Them A Meal, which has a great listing of simple and quick recipes to take to someone in need.

And, two more quick recipes from Mom on a Mission: Meatballs with Marinara and Turkey Cheeseburgers.

Check out the rest of the 12 in ’12 Series here.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol January 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Great concept, one that we’ve been on both the gifter and recipient ends. I did notice that the Thai beef cabbage rolls link won’t open. More importantly, the majority, if not all that you listed in this post, contain cheese and many would be considered spicey/gas producing. Cheese can be constipating for many, never mind issues some may have with lactose intolerance and nursing Moms have to be really careful to avoid spicey/gas producing foods as it gets passed on to the nursing infant which leads to trouble later on that night! Hopefully whomever is in charge of these meal signs ups first inquire as to allergies/dietary restrictions whether medically, religiously or personally based.

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Shannon January 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Wow! I’m not sure how many meal sign ups you’ve been involved in Carol but the one in charge always asks for food allergies and then passes it on to the ones making the food. It also depends on the reason they need the food as to what you might make.

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mama23babygirls January 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

In response the above, I have never had to cut cheese out of my diet after any of my children were born/nursing. I think its very rare for a baby to have a milk allergy in which cheese would be the actual culprit! I think they are great recipes!

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kristine January 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Love this idea!

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Aunt B January 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I have made and delivered many meals to people in need over the years, but never as part of an organized program that you sign up for. I do take into consideration any special needs the recipients might have but I’ve found that most people are just glad of a hot meal when they are unable to make one themselves. Thank you for supplying the recipes. I’ll add them to my list. Thank you too for the spirit of service that prompted your post.

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FishMama January 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Thanks for including my recipes in your list! Looks like a delicious list, too!

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Sarah Cassill January 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

If you’re in charge of organizing meals and such for someone there’s a WONDERFUL, new and FREE online tool that makes it easier– http://carecalendar.org/

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Denise January 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Here is a great website for setting up meals for someone in need…so easy !!
http://www.mealtrain.com/

Thanks for the great recipes and tips!!!

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prasti May 3, 2012 at 7:54 am

great ideas! i’m always looking for some new and budget friendly meal ideas for when i make a meal for someone. we also do a monthly meal for a teen moms group so these give me some great ideas to use. thanks!

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