Sharing a Meal

get well soon

We have a friend who is battling lymphoma right now.  She has just completed her 6th round of chemotherapy.  From what we have heard, things are going well and her spirits are high! She is one of the most positive people I have ever met so I would expect no different from her!

Through a community website, “lotsa helping hands,”  friends and family have been coming together to do what they can to help her family during this time.  Tomorrow is our day to bring dinner.  I decided to make a big pot of chicken, kale and white bean soup.  It makes a big batch so the whole family to share, but if they aren’t up for eating it right away, it freezes well too.   We will make a big salad tomorrow and bring that along with a loaf of bread. Hopefully it is a meal that will satisfy the whole family.  A benefit of the website is that we can see any food restrictions or allergies and make sure that it is a meal that will be good for all of them.

In the past, I have made meals for friends who have had babies, or baked cookies to bring to new neighbors.  After my mom died, we had so much food sent in.  It was a blessing having one less thing to need to take care of.  I know that there are people in need all around us and this small act of kindness was much appreciated.

I found a great website that gave some tips and advice for making a meal for someone in need.  It is called “Cooking for Others: A Guide to Giving Sympathy Meals.”  The list of meals went far beyond sympathy though; illnesses, new baby, new neighbors…the list could be for anyone in need.  Here are tips I found helpful:

Food Should be:

  • easy to transport
  • easy to eat
  • freeze well

Suitable Dishes Include:

  • Soups, Chili, and Stew
  • Crockpot or slow cooker meals
  • Casseroles
  • Sauced Meals

Check out the website for some recipes too

I know that food is not going to be what heals her, but I hope that she knows how much she is loved and is aware of all of the support and love that is out there for her.  Imagine if love alone could cure….

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3 thoughts on “Sharing a Meal

  1. Marcia February 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Here’s another tip: meals that make leftovers that can go in school lunches (if there are kids) are a HUGE plus. And, of course, don’t use any containers you want or need back. Protein is important during chemo, really a big deal. Hope that helps!

  2. clairesinclair February 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm Reply

    oh..and thank you for the tip about protein. I did not know that!

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