Have a friend that could use some love? These easy recipes can be made ahead and reheated well, plus they're super delicious!
Taking a meal to a friend in need is such a wonderful way to show you care. We've been on the receiving end of a meal train and it was such a gift to our family. Whether someone is going through a hard time or a big life transition like a new baby, food is a tangible way to show you care.
We've included recipes that can be made ahead and reheated well. And the meal doesn't have to be dinner. There are breakfast ideas as well. If I have time to bake, I love to add some muffins and/or cookies to the meal I'm bringing. Keep this post in mind next time you have a friend in need!
Double Almond Paleo Granola
This delicious, 5-ingredient Double Almond Paleo Granola is gluten-free and easy to throw together! You won't want to ever buy granola again!
One-Bowl Honey-Glazed Bran Muffins
Super moist and delicious, these super easy One-Bowl Honey-Glazed Bran Muffins roll out of the oven with rounded, bakery-style, tops!
No-Knead Scandinavian Seeded Carrot Rolls
These Seeded Carrot Rolls are popular across Scandinavia and require no kneading. The carrots keep them nice and moist and create a beautiful golden hue. Stir these no-knead Scandinavian Seeded Carrot Rolls together at night then bake the next day or make them, start to finish the same day!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
This Strawberry Spinach Salad is pretty as a picture. The Basil Dressing and Sweet, Spicy Glazed Pistachios are the crowning glory!
Classic French Bistro Salad
This simple Classic French Bistro Salad, served at cafés, brasseries and bistros all over France, is beyond easy and one of those recipes you'll be turning to again and again (especially when you want to feel a little "fancy") - with minimal effort on your part.
Southwestern Zucchini Ham Crustless Quiche
This fabulous Southwestern Zucchini Ham Crustless Quiche is healthy, hearty and super delicious. It comes together quickly and is a great way to use up leftover ham (or just purchase a chunk of ham from the deli)!
Homemade Chicken Pasta Soup
This delicious Homemade Chicken Pasta Soup tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen, but in reality, you can put it together, start to finish in less than an hour! It's also fabulous with leftover turkey!
Avgolemono (Greek Chicken Pasta Soup)
This Avgolemono, a lemony Greek chicken pasta soup is healthy and hearty (lots of satisfying protein), creamy (no cream!) and so delicious!
Mexican Chicken Soup (Sopa de Pollo Mexicana)
This Mexican Chicken Soup comes together quickly with rotisserie or leftover chicken and is loaded with fabulous South-of-the-Border flavor!
French Mustard Chicken Breasts (Poulet à la Moutarde Française)
This French Mustard Chicken Breasts recipe will make you feel like a fancy chef, but it comes together quickly and can be prepped in advance. You'll want to eat the luxurious mustard sauce like it's soup!
Oven Roasted Greek Chicken Meatballs
These healthy, delicious Greek Chicken Meatballs come together quickly with lean chicken, lots of fresh veggies and a ton of fabulous flavor! Serve them as an appetizer, in sandwiches, in bowls with Greek salad, hummus and orzo (pictured), in wraps with pita bread and hummus...
Italian Chicken Sausage Ravioli Lasagna
This make-ahead Italian Chicken Sausage Ravioli Lasagna is bursting with fabulous Italian flavor and tastes like you labored for hours! No one has to know the delicious little secret.
French Lentil Soup (Vegetarian or with Chicken)
This French Lentil Soup is loaded with great nutrition, but it's also bursting with fabulous flavor. Keep it vegetarian or add bites of super tender chicken!
Ridiculously Easy Scandinavian Raspberry Jam Tarts
These adorable Scandinavian Raspberry Jam Tarts are mixed up with just one bowl and no mixer needed. No one will know how easy they are as they taste as though they came from a fine, fancy European bake shop!
The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies
This easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe really does produce the BEST chocolate chip cookies we've ever tasted. They're buttery and crinkly with crisp edges, a chewy interior and lots of delicious chocolate chips.
Thought for the day:
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,"
says the Lord,
Who has compassion on you.
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These recipes are great suggestions, but for some people there may be dietary restrictions. For the last several months the ladies in my Bible study have been bringing dinner to a dear friend undergoing chemo and radiation, and then her doctor forbid all white flour and sugar (discouraging for someone who loves a good dessert as a treat). I have become much better at cooking brown rice and substituting it in recipes, and others have used whole grain pasta in their dishes. If you have any tips, suggestions, or experience making these changes, we would love to hear them. Thanks for all your delicious recipes!
Chris Scheuer says
Hi Annette, thanks for your thoughtful comment, Annette. You're right, there are lots of people with dietary restrictions. I try to go with an overall balance of healthy recipes along with delicious splurges but you may want to look at some websites that specialized in certain types of dietary specialties like gluten-free, low carb, etc.