New mommy. Grieving friend. New neighbor. Or just because. I don't think anyone would ever turn down a free home-cooked meal. Do you? I know I won't. When I had my children in the 90s, the first thing our church group did was send meals over. For like a month! Everyone in the community group we were in would sign up for a date, preferable every other day, and would bring meals in to-go containers (this is a must) and scurry out the door. All I had to do was put it on a plate, and for a new mom, that was a huge undertaking. Times have changed with technology, but the need for food will never change. The convenience of online meal sign-up, such as with Meal Train, have made calendar planning so simple. (Other ways to bless a new mom or grieving friend is to send someone over to clean their house or do their yard-work, but that's for another post).
I'm submitting some of my favorite recipes to take to a friend. Double the recipe, and then you'll have your meal for the evening as well.
This first recipe is from Trisha Yearwood when she was on The Chew. I think she's a country singer. I know her as someone who has a cooking show on the Food Network.
CHICKEN AND WILD RICE CASSEROLE
This next recipe is a classic. It's one that people ask me about all the time. You will cry when you eat it. We'll call it:
Lisa Fischer's Crack Spaghetti
3 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 large jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1/2 jar of something called Tiger Sauce (in the aisle with Worcestershire sauce or ketchup)
1 c. brown sugar
1 T. chili powder
3 cups of white cheddar cheese
1 package of thin spaghetti
Brown beef with chopped onion and bell pepper. Reserve one cup of the grated cheese and combine all ingredients except the noodles in a large pot. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Cook noodles as directed. Drain them well and put them in a 9X13 pan. Add the cooked sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350.