Because I love to cook, I choose to use food as a ministry. When there is a need, I am there with food in hand. I am always willing to cook a dish for a church function or gathering. But, what I really find rewarding is when I can make a meal for a family in need. Many times it is when there is a death in the family, the birth of a new baby, or there is an extended illness in the family.
I have a dear friend who is in current need. This family has 4 children under 6 and my friend, J, is now pregnant with baby number five. This pregnancy has been more difficult than all her others. My other girlfriends and I have decided to start taking turns making meals for this family in need. We are using the Care Calendar website to schedule meals. It is a very handy tool for these situations.
I have started doubling any casserole I make for my family, putting one in the freezer. I later deliver the meal to J and her family. By helping in this way, the burden of feeding a family of six is lifted off the shoulder’s of a mother who is exhausted and in need of rest.
When I am making these meals and delivering them, my daughter is watching. I find this is a great time to explain the concept of serving others and showing compassion to those in need. Grace is able to see Christ’s love in action. I like that.
Today I am going to share a few recipes I find easy to freeze and deliver to families in need.
Easy Chicken and Rice
- 3-4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup – I used the less fat version
- 1 can cream of celery – I use the less fat version
- 12 oz Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice (I used two- 6 oz boxes)
- 1 cup chicken broth (I use less sodium broth.)
Cook the chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces. I season my chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder when cooking. While cooking the chicken, prepare the rice as directed on the box. Prepare a 9×13 pan. Preheat oven 350. Combine chicken, rice, broth, and soups. Mixing all the ingredients together. Then pour in baking dish. Cook for 35-40 minutes. (Freezes well.)
Here are a few more recipes that work well. Instead of providing these recipes, I am going to give you the link to these recipes.
Great recipes to share with others:
- Chicken Spaghetti with olives
- Chicken Spaghetti (the Pioneer way)
- Chicken Spaghetti (my family’s recipe)
- Poppy Seed Chicken (cooks.com)
- Chicken Marsala and mushroom Casserole (food.com)
These are a few great recipes that offer comfort to those in need. I hope you are able to bless someone this week, either with a meal, an encouraging word, and a prayer.
Do you have a recipe you enjoy sharing with others? I would love to hear what that recipe is.