Friday, September 26, 2008

Frugal Friday--Sharing Meals

Last week, I had the privilege of taking a meal to a family in my church. The Mother of this family has been battling breast cancer over the last year.

Taking a meal to another family on top of feeding the seven of us could be very expensive. However, I elect to do meals that I know will stretch to feed more than just my crew. So I do up stews or soups that are going to be packed with veggies along with other homemade goodness to complete a filling meal not only for my crew but the other family.

What I made for this family was my Veggie Beef Stew. I used the leftover roast, carrots and potatoes from Wednesday night dinner along with a bag each of frozen corn, green beans, and peas.

Then I did up some of my honey oatmeal bread into rolls.

Then for dessert, I made up a simple, fill the sweet tooth Oreo Pudding pie. I got a graham cracker crust from Aldi's. Then I mixed up a small box of vanilla pudding and put it in the bottom of the crust. Then I mixed up a box of Oreo pudding and layered that on top of the vanilla pudding. Then once that I set I put about 1/2 of a 6oz. container of Cool Whip. Then I crushed 2 Oreo cookies and sprinkled them on top! Voila!

Now to take the meal to the family...

Instead of using my dishes or pots, I have gotten foil pans from either Dollar Tree or Sam's Club to use for the food. Then I take foil and use that as my "lid" on the pans. Using foil allows me to write what is in each pan along with the directions. This way if someone other than who I talk to when I drop the meal off is the one to get the meal heated for the family, they know exactly what to do!

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Anonymous said...

Great idea! I love the pre-prepared meals. Looks like you've got some great things happening in your home.

Have a great weekend.


Gretchen said...

Your new layout is very cute. Taking meals to those in need is a wonderful thing. Thank you for sharing.

Sherry said...

What a blessing! I try to help out when I can to take meals to families in our church. Yesterday I was in charge of a funeral which required quite a bit of food, although not all from me. The meat was provided by the church and then everyone else provided side dishes. I did sweet potatoes, rolls, and a chocolate cake and it was fairly cheap.

Have a great Frugal Friday!
Yellow Cake from Scratch

Jerralea said...

Great idea about writing the directions right on the foil! I'll have to remember that.

Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing. I am sure the family appreciated it.

BarbaraLee said...

I came across a Taste of Home mag w/all soup recipes. It is $10. I am going to see if I can find them on their web site.