A request from Lindsay:
I’m a mom to a 2 year old and 3 mo. old. I’m thankful that as of this year I’m a stay at home mom. Your series, Mommy Come Home solidified the longing in my heart for homemaking. Anyhow, now that I’m home I feel more available to prepare and take meals to families that I know who need it (new moms, sick family, or just because). We are on a tight budget, but I don’t want this to keep me from blessing others. I would love to hear your top frugal picks of meals to take to others.
First of all, congratulations on the blessing of being home! Your hard work and sacrifice will be worth it as you nurture your family and minister to others from your home. Preparing food for others is my absolute favorite ministry, because I love to cook and bake, and I can do it right alongside what I’m already preparing for my family.
Something that has worked well for me is to not focus on a meat heavy main dish. In fact, when presented the opportunity, I often choose to make “breakfast for dinner” for a family. Not only is it easier on the budget, but if several people are taking meals, I don’t have to worry as much about making a duplicate.
I’ll likely make Overnight Breakfast Casserole and Cinnamon Rolls, and then take along some fresh, in-season fruit to go with the meal. I’ve had many a family thank me for bringing something “different.” The family can choose to eat it for supper, or save it for breakfast the next morning, which may be nice if they are in a season of quick, simple breakfast fare.
Another idea, if they aren’t counting on a full meal, is to take a basket (collect them at yard sales for pennies) filled with muffins or quick breads and fresh, in-season fruit. Breads can be frozen and pulled out for snacks, or breakfast. Some of our favorites are
- Chocolate Pudding Zucchini Muffins
- Fall Comfort Muffins
- Peaches N Cream Muffins
- Poppy Seed Dessert Bread
- Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins (these, I think, are my all-time favorite!)
That’s what works for us! How about the rest of you? What are your favorite frugal foods to fix for other families? (Recipe links welcome.)