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I have 2 neighbors going thru a tough time right now.
Neighbor 1 - older lovely couple - husband is in the hospital after major open heart surgery. She spends the entire day there. I want to bring something over, maybe when he comes home - any ideas?
Neighbor 2 - High school age son needs surgery for a brain cyst? When he gets back from hospital, I want to bring them something.
I am looking for ideas that they can store for a few days and heat when needed. Also something most folks would like (not anything weird), and something that can be stored in what it can cook/micro in.
If you have just the dish, please let me know. Thanks for your suggestions and say a prayer for both of them!
I don't have a recipe (DH does most of the cooking) but I think soup is good, perhaps with some bread or rolls.
Other ideas ... baked ham (if you know it isn't against their beliefs to eat pork), the frozen vegatables that come in ready-to-steam bags (in the microwave) - some come in individual servings, baked ziti.
Also, don't overlook non-food items. They will likely be too busy/tired/distracted to shop so toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, milk, bread, cheese,etc. are likely to be needed.
Good thoughts are going out to you and your neighbors.
This is what I took to a friend of mine after she had a mastectomy.
1) Frozen Italian Beef to heat when needed
2) Italian Bread rolls
3) Jar of pepperoncini
4) Potato Chips
5) Homemade cookies
6) Fresh flowers
How about bread and sandwich meat to make a quick lunch?
Pre-arrange with the family ahead of time and order pizza and salad to be delivered to them.
If there are kids in the house, a bag or basket of snacks like individual chips, fresh fruit, nuts, fruit by the foot, cookies, cupcakes, trail mix, etc. A nice way to present them would be in a reusable grocery bag.
Someone mentioned non-food items. I would like to add drinks to the list. Maybe a container of home brewed ice tea, fruit drinks, Snapple . . . .
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King, 1963
Comfort Food! Heavy on carbs and fat. they always make me feel better.
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and hot cheesy rolls.
Or Pasta with alfredo sauce and chicken, artichoke hearts, veggies etc. these dishes freeze really well.
Of course heart patient's doctors may not approve so throw in some fresh and unique salads. Strawberry Chicken with pecans and craisins on dark leafy greens topped with a fruity vinaigrette and served with fresh bread. Or an impromptu taco/nacho salad anything you like (including chips) tossed with a mix of salsa and fat free ranch.
Hope this helps.
Creativity is a messy process, and I am VERY creative.
This would work for the elderly couple: What I do is get the plastic disposable plates, bowls and whatever I have made for that evening meal, I dish up a plate (or two if needed), put things that don't need to be re-heat on a different plate, cover it all and have my husband deliver it and tell them that their lunch/dinner is ready for them tomorrow. That way they don't get tired of eating alot of the same as leftovers (believe it or not, it is hard to cook for just two and not have a ton of leftovers)! For soup, I send some in the Glad containers and if they aren't returned, no big loss. That is very kind and sweet to help them out.
I will check out my stash of recipes for the family to see what I can come up with, how many is in the teen-age boy's family?
2 small boxes corn muffin mix (I use Jiffy brand)
2 pounds hot dogs, cut up
1 Tbps. butter
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can of creamed corn (14.5 oz.)
1/2 to 1 pound cheese of your choice, cubed or shredded
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute hot dogs until they are brown. In a large bowl, mix corn muffin mix, milk, eggs, and creamed corn. Mix in hot dogs and than cubed cheese. Place mixture into a well greased or sprayed 3 quart shallow baking pan and bake until golden brown and no longer "jiggly" in the center, about 35-40 minutes. Serve with ketchup and mustard.
When I make this, I just halve everything and use the smaller can of creamed corn and bake in a 8x8" pan, for the two of us.