We all have those opportunities in life to bring someone a meal… a new mommy, a recovering friend, a neighbor who burned their kitchen down because they are such terrible cook.
Whatever the situation, I think it is a nice gesture to make it not just a meal, but an entire eating experience.
Package it up… make it cute… include everything… and most importantly… MAKE IT ALL DISPOSABLE!
There’s nothing worse than opening your kitchen cabinet and feeling that pang of guilt because you know you didn’t buy that Pyrex® dish, but you have had it for more than a year now and you don’t even know how to get a hold of the girl that made you those delicious enchiladas (don’t worry… my sister eventually got it back to her for me).
Note to my "green" friends (Jen this one is for you): I apologize to you and to the planet, but if you have ever had a baby you will know that in those first few weeks easy is way more important that any carbon footprint mumbo jumbo.
When your friends have finished their meal they can throw the entire thing away… have nothing to clean… and most importantly, have nothing to return!
Today I made meals for two friends with new babies.
Here’s what the completed package looked like:
In the adult “to-go” bag (the white bag) I included:
Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches
(If the package is for a new mom, I like to include beer. That sounds strange, I know… but when I was first nursing my milk supply was low and my doctor told me to drink beer. I figure either the new mommy can work on her milk supply, or the new daddy will really like me. It’s a win-win.)
And of course I included plates, napkins and utensils.
The kids “to-go” bag for the big brother and big sister included:
A more kid-friendly sandwich, a PB & J (just be sure there is a not a nut allergy when preparing your meal)
A bag of veggies & dip
A bottle of water
Two cookies (without the chocolate frosting... we don't need to be hyping up those older siblings)
and a napkin... all tucked neatly into their own special bag.
Next week I will give you the recipes for my Curry Chicken Salad and my favorite Champagne Salad.