Making and Taking a Meal

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie

    Have you been asked to, or offered, to take in a meal?

    Here are some tips for taking in a meal when there is a new baby,  surgery, illness or just because.

   These ideas will make your meal one that is appreciated even more.

Taking In a Meal

A meal that does not have to be prepared is always welcome. However, having to worry about whose bowl belongs to who, which unmarked pan came with the bowl that did have a name on it, finding the time to return containers to the owner of the much appreciated food is taxing after surgeries/babies/ect.,  a well-meaning neighbor calling to see if they can stop by to collect their dishes – always when you are indisposed can be a bit awkward.  

After many babies and surgeries myself, as well as delivering more meals than I can count, I’ve learned a little about how to make it a win-win situation all around.

Here are a few of my tricks, please let us all know your handy tips too!

  • Use disposable pans, bags and dishes to deliver food in.
  • Prepare the dish in  disposable cookware.
  • If possible ask the family if they have any allergies to foods. Though you do need to stay in your budget and fix a meal that you are comfortable making; if you can, ask the family if there is anything they dislike. For example, some people really cannot force themselves to eat rice or spaghetti sauce and despite your best effort in making a meal, and their gratitude in your gift, it would go to waste.  (For example, I will not, cannot – not in a boat, not with a goat, not in the rain, not on a train….you get the point, I will NOT eat eggs as the major ingredient.  So a beautiful quiche would be devoured by my husband and family, while I would have to open a can of something or tuther.  I would still send a thank you note though of course.)
  • If you know your neighborhood, or that others are also taking in a meal(s), it would be a good idea to ask the family if they have had a particular food brought in. You don’t want to be the 3rd well intended friend in a row to take in chili. 
  • Label food with what it is, the date to use by and any special cooking or reheating instructions.
  • Ask if there is a certain night they would like a meal brought in.
  • If you don’t cook, no problem. There are businesses that sell premade ‘homemade’ dinners. A gift card for a drive-through type eating establishment, or one that will deliver (such as pizza) are ALWAYS welcome.
  • If you have the means, taking in a freezer meal, along with a meal for that night, to have on hand for ‘one-of-those-days’ would be so apprecaited.DSC_0363copy

Both of my  recipes listed here can be made and baked the same day or frozen for later use, including instructions.

Click HERE for the Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

Click HERE for Magnificent Manicotti

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.


  1. These are EXCELLENT tips! OMG eggs are something I have a very hard time with, if they’re scrambled and covered in ketchup I will eat them, but I don’t enjoy them at all. I think it’s very important like you mentioned that best intentions can be troublesome for the receiver and to make sure we follow your tips! :D

  2. Carrie,
    Tips! Again, we think alike. I take meals often and use all of these tips. You did a wonderful job writing this post. I have had people bring me meals and I am very appreciative, but I always stress over getting their dishes back. I am definitely a foil pan person.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Diane Roark

  3. I stopped over from Thrifty Thursday to check out your post because I was intrigued by the idea. Thank you so much for you tips, they are so valuable! I have often been asked to take a meal to those in need, and have occasionally been the recipient of such meals, and you are very right in the things that would be very appreciated by families or individuals who need the meals. What a blessing you have shared! Thank you! HUGS

  4. Hi Carrie! I’m stopping in from Let’s Get Real today. These are really great tips. I know I have hesitated to take a meal to certain friends because of the whole pan thing. Disposable pans are not something I keep on hand, but really would be perfect to have for this situation. So thoughtful to ask about preferences and allergies. I’ll have to remember that!

  5. These are terrific tips, especially the disposable pan. After my father passed away, we had so many people bringing dishes. Many were in glass and Pyrex. It was difficult to keep straight who’s dish was how’s. That’s for sharing this at the Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party last week. I hope you’ll join us again. The party goes live at 5pm EST tonight.

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