You know that saying, it is better to give than to receive? Well, I couldn’t agree more. In my opinion, serving others through my time or resources brings me more joy than when I am given a gift (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE gifts too!) But there is something about using my talents or hands or time to help someone do something that they were unable to do. It makes me feel valuable. It lets me bless others the way I have been blessed. I get to see a glimpse of Jesus at work when people serve humbly.
I feel that God has equipped us each with special gifts that we can use to bless others. For me, that typically tends to be cooking. In my opinion, food is love and I can nourish a person’s heart and body by simply cooking for them. And that is a gift I am grateful to be blessed with.
But in the business of my life, making a meal for someone in need, can be quite difficult. There are times when I need to drop what I am doing and answer that need, but there are other times that I simply just can’t get the meal together. So that is why, I try to always have a few meals in my freezer that are ready to deliver to a person in my community when needed. It then becomes an easy way for me to bless others.
These meals need to be easy for me to make, pleasing to children (or picky adults), and re-heat well so that they are truly appreciated by the receiver.
3 Family-Pleasing Freezer Friendly Meals
I have many more meals I freeze for my own family, but these are the go-to’s that seem to please all palates and are easy and inexpensive to put together.
How to Prep the Meals for Freezing:
- Use disposable foil bakeware that can be frozen, baked, and thrown away for ease in giving (no pans to worry about having returned).
- Prepare recipes as directed up to baking.
- Cool completely.
- Cover tightly with 2 layers of foil.
- Label with name of recipe and reheating instructions (I write with a sharpie on the top layer of foil so it will not be lost!)
Directions for Reheating:
- Creamy Parmesan Chicken Casserole: From freezer, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered, and then uncovered for 15 additional minutes.
- Cheesy Chicken and Rice: From freezer, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, covered, and 10-15 minutes uncovered, or until golden brown and bubbly.
- The World’s Easiest Lasagna: From freezer, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, covered. Uncover and bake additional 20 minutes.
Notes to Help Make these Meals Easier:
- When you make the dishes, make multiple trays at the same time–it only takes a few more minutes.
- Use leftover Rotessiere Chicken or roast chicken on your own and make your own chicken stock to use as well. It takes a bit more planning, but the dishes taste better and are much healthier and less expensive when you make your own chicken and stock.
Whether giving these meals to others or making them to stock your freezer for busy nights–these meals are sure to be a blessing.