One of the absolute most helpful things someone has done for me was bring me a full course meal!
Where it started
Flashback.. I’ve just given birth, our 5 year old is being forced out of only child life, and my husband has 1 day off work. Giving birth is an exhausting time, but thankfully, I have the sweetest family and friends. They planned days to bring me dinner which is always so helpful. I surely didn’t expect full course meals, but when they brought them over, they had appetizers and desserts too! I don’t know if they realized how much it meant to me, but I couldn’t think of anything more helpful. We are currently on a budget, but I don’t want that to stop me from blessing others. This led to me putting together some meals that are quick and delicious, but cost efficient too!
Blessing is priceless
I wanted to share inexpensive full course meals for people who feel like they don’t have much to give. Cooking for someone is a great way to be a blessing to someone without spending a lot. Don’t let inexpensive scare you though, these meals are so good and I can almost guarantee you that the person is not wondering about the cost anyways. If anything, they’re probably hoping you didn’t spend too much on them! Regardless, the relief you can bring someone just by providing them with a meal during a busy or tough time is truly priceless.
Who to look for
We’ve all had days when we feel like we can’t even stop to think about dinner. You know the struggle! Whether you’ve just given birth, you’re going through a tough time, or “just” “mom-ing” (I can’t be the only one who feels like I haven’t caught up on sleep in years). Being able to quickly put together a full course meal at a low cost can enable you to bless others in situations like this more often. If your budget allows it, I encourage you to look for 1 person every month that you can bless with a meal. You’ll be amazed at how much it means to them!
Full Course Meal Examples
- Appetizer: Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread | Main: Grilled Chicken over Light Pasta | Dessert: Angel Food Cake, Strawberries, and Fresh Whipped Cream
- Appetizer: Classic Italian Salad & Garlic Bread | Main: Baked Ziti | Dessert: Cannoli Cake
- Appetizer: Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread | Main: Garlic Parm Bacon Ranch Spaghetti | Dessert: Eclair Cake.
Details to build your own
- Course 1 (Appetizer): I always do salad kits and a large french loaf of bread with homemade garlic spread. Salad kits save time and cost, while making your own garlic spread adds a quick, personal, and delish touch.
- Course 2 (Main): For the main course, pasta dishes seem to be the best bang for your buck. They are filling and pretty simple to throw together.
- Course 3 (Dessert): I’m a nerdy foodie. I like to pair my desserts with whatever theme the main course has. (Light dessert with grilled chicken and olive oil pasta, Italian dessert with baked ziti, and indulgent dessert with creamy spaghetti lol!) No bake desserts have been the best option for me in regards to time and cost. Cakes can be store bought to use in the recipes, while whipping up some fresh cream in the kitchen aid is another quick, personal, and delicious touch!
Have you ever wanted to help someone, but not known how? Give this a try and leave a comment below with how it turns out! 🙂