This week our favourite person had back surgery to help relieve on-going pain, and we have been inundated with offers of help from fellow Skinnies to cook some meals. We have an incredibly supportive community in Skinnymixers and often the question is asked ‘What can I cook for my friend who is in need of some help?’. So whether your friend has been in hospital or suffered a loss in the family, hopefully this meal plan can help give you some guidance. When cooking for someone else, always keep in mind their available freezer space, portion sizes and dietary needs. Using disposable takeaway containers that reheat well is also a good idea.
When cooking for someone else I always try to keep the meals tasty but simple, particularly if it is to feed children also. These meals are nourishing and freezer friendly.
This is a great family friendly complete meal and you can hide extra vegetable in the sauce if needed. This dish reheats really well and is the perfect comfort food.
If you are wanting to freeze this dish, you could freeze in the alfoil trays before the oven cook and give them instructions to pop it in the oven until golden on top. Otherwise it is best to provide this meal cooked and ready to reheat.
Tip: Change the mash to suit their dietary guidelines if needed. Use cauliflower mash they are low carb, or even the silky sweet potato mash is delicious on top.
This little gem is only found in ‘The Healthy Mix’, but it is full of flavour and great for freezing. Mix up the flavours between the Greek, Italian or Mexican Spice Mixes… they are all delicious.
Using some meat, vegetables and some pantry staples; makes this meal quite economical. I recently cooked the Greek version of the Simple Stew for some friends who had a loved one in hospital. I asked if I could help with some meals and was asked for ‘normal food‘ as they aren’t used to spice (and flavour :p). The Simple Stew was extremely well received and reheats really well. It is a hearty meal for all the husbands who like their meat and vegetables.
Tip:This recipe can also be used to bulk cook in the slow cooker. Using cheap cuts of meat and cooking on low all day will result in the most tender stew. Just remember to add the vegetables in a bit later to prevent them over cooking.
Grab and go breakfast foods can be so helpful for time poor people or someone who can’t move around too much. These Choc Chip Oat Bars can be changed to different flavour variations and made into bite size mini muffins that freeze well for lunch boxes.
These are great for new mothers as the oats help with milk supply. If you are changing the chocolate to dried fruit in the recipe, I highly recommend halving the sugar.