20 Meal Ideas to Take to a Neighbor in Need
Think of a time when you were the recipient of a much needed act of service. That time when you felt so sick that all the strength you could muster was to lay in bed and pray your kids didn’t turn the house into a category 5 tornado. Or when you were so stressed about your to-do list that you wondered if it was even worth it to try and accomplish everything. In those moments of helplessness, you had a mini miracle. I’ve definitely had times when a loving friend or family member, sometimes even a stranger, rescued me through a Christlike act of service. For those who want to be that miracle, here are some food items to take to someone in need!
Whether for someone who is physically sick themselves or someone who could use a break from cooking (maybe a recent birth, family member in the hospital, recent death, etc.), these are some items that are easy on the stomach and require little prep for the family.
1. Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup is classic for sick folks. Something about the warm broth, hearty chicken, and soft noodles is just soothing to the soul. In just 40 minutes you can make a batch for your family and have plenty to share with someone in need.
2. Premade Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Enchiladas are an item that are a little bit harder to digest, so keep that in mind for whoever you’re food prepping for. They are, however, a great option for a parent who is sick and can’t cook for their family. These keep well in the fridge and can be frozen, so they can be very useful to have on hand.
Similar to the enchiladas, chili makes for a great freezer meal. It is easy to make in bulk and is a good gift to a family that might be going through something a little more serious or long term than a stomach bug. (check out my recipe here)
Homemade oatmeal is super easy to make, filling, and very customizable. For those not feeling well, it is warm and easy to put down. It’s a great food to take to someone who isn’t feeling well.
5. Fried Rice
Rice and eggs are some of the best foods for people with a weak stomach to eat. This is a fun variation of those ingredients that tastes good and is super easy to make!
6. Baked Potatoes
Baked Potatoes are great to bring to someone because of how customizable they are. They taste great with just a little butter and salt or loaded up with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.
7. Baked Sweet Potatoes
Whether you top it with a dollop of butter, honey, or an egg and chives, sweet potatoes are a great food with lots of variations! Cooked potatoes last 3-5 days in the fridge, so it could be a nice backup for someone who has a lot on their plate.
8. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Warm soup when you’re sick is like being wrapped up in a blanket. Pair that soup with a grilled cheese, and there you have a super simple, filling meal to share.
9. Eggs and Toast
No this isn’t the fanciest meal ever, but it is tasty, cheap to make, and requires very few ingredients. For someone who’s stomach is giving them trouble, this is a great food that will go down easy.
10. Lasagna/ Baked Pasta
In the case of families with a sick parent, someone in the hospital, or a big recent family event, already prepared meals can be a lifesaver! Lasagna is a favorite that you can make in bulk, store in the freezer, or bake whenever.
11. Sweet Bread (Banana, Zucchini, Pumpkin)
Bread is soft and sweet and oh so good when you’re sick. Consider delivering one of these to your friend in need.
12. Instant Noodles
Chicken or beef? The age old question. Honestly if you didn’t eat ramen noodles as a sick kid growing up then I am shocked. Ramen noodles are a staple in the world of “sick food”. Show someone how much you care about them by dropping off a few of these.
13. Homemade Bread
Growing up my dad would make homemade bread for us to bring to our neighbors. I loved seeing their faces light up as we handed it to them at the door. Bread is a good food item for people not feeling well, and it’s even better when it’s made with love from the heart!
As a kid this was my lifesaver. I can’t explain why, but cold applesauce just settled my upset tummy. From personal experience, this is a great gift.
Gelatin is one of those things that is easy to digest. Add a little sugar flavoring and it will provide a boost of energy and help with rehydration.
16. Otter Pops
When my mom was her sickest during pregnancy, she virtually lived off of otter pops and baked potatoes. I kid you not. Since they have pretty mild flavors and are majority water, they can be a refreshing option for anyone who is under the weather.
Ritz, Club, Saltines, etc. Take your pick! These are nice to munch on for someone who isn’t feeling their best.
For someone who has been throwing up, these drinks can help to rehydrate them and replace any electrolytes they might’ve lost. Plus there’s a million flavors, so they are bound to like at least one of them!
Bananas are one of the top recommendations for food to eat when you’re body is recovering from sickness. Take some ripe ones over, just don’t bring too many. They get dark pretty quickly!
20. Mashed Potatoes
Because mashed potatoes are warm and soft, they can be a real comfort food.
Share the Good!!
Please share stories about how receiving or bringing one of these items had an impact by adding it in the comments below! Stories like that always lift my mood and remind me of the good in the world.