One of my dear friends just got out of the hospital and I wanted to bring her family a meal. BUT … I did not have time to cook anything to fit the window of time for sending it home with her.

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Grocery stores make it SO convenient nowadays, and I’ll share with you what I took my friend, Pam.

Chicken Caesar Salad
Whole Wheat Bread
Chocolate Cake

What to Buy
Whole cooked chicken
Bag of romaine lettuce
Container of shredded Parmesan cheese
Bag of croutons

What I had at home
Dressing (which I forgot to bring her!)
Bread in the freezer
Cake in the freezer
Tomatoes from the garden

I think we shy away from helping others out sometimes because we get caught up in the details of an entire meal. People just want to be thought of, to be taken care of a little. And sometimes we just need fresh ideas for ways to reach out.

I have a section on this in my book, The Reluctant Entertainer, where I talk about deeper connections and list great tips on taking meals to others.

Again, it starts with a thought, and then we act on it.

A year ago, I had many friends bring me meals when I had foot surgery. Once you are the recipient, you definitely understand and have a deeper desire to help others out yourself.

Oh, and just bag it up. I grabbed a big white shopping bag and filled it with food and drove to my friend’s house.

What kind of QUICK meals do you take to those in need?

(Speaking of need, if you haven’t had the time to read and contribute to Erika, from The Ivory Hut, you can read her devastating story. It’s in times like these that friends need to pitch in and help one another out.)