Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Meals to Help A Friend

One of my tennis team captains was hospitalized unexpectedly last week. After a few anxiety fueled days, she was released, but told she needed open heart surgery at the end of the month. She is to "take it easy" until the surgery.
Immediately, one of my friends sprung into action and organized a "Meal Train" where people can sign up to take care of Linda's meals for a day or two.
I'm bringing her dinner tonight and in doing so, I found out a few ways to make it better for her.

1- Find out if there are any dietary restrictions/preferences.
2- Prepare the meal, so that it is as close to "ready to eat" as possible.
3- Use disposable materials for plates, casserole dishes, bowls, so the recipient doesn't have to fuss with cleaning dishes or returning people's belongings.
4- Include a kind note, either describing the meal or wishing the friend good thoughts. It will help boost her spirits or help her to feel appreciated.
5- When dropping off the meal, don't stay long. Let the recipient rest without having to entertain.
6- Include extras - paper goods, snacks, drinks, toiletries, or groceries, so the recipient doesn't have to leave the house.

Menu Ideas include:
Soups - Chicken & Noodle, Chicken and Rice, Tortilla Soup, Onion Soup, Minestrone, Broccoli & Cheddar
Chili
Tuna or Chicken Salad
Lasagna
A Charcuterie Platter
Fruit Salad

I'm delivering: Chicken Parmigiana, Garlic & Herb Pasta, A jar of Tomato Sauce, Caesar Salad, a Bottle of Merlot, Fudge Brownies. I'm also including a bag of household goods: paper towels, toilet paper, sucking candies, Snickers, and toiletries

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