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Old 11-27-2018, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I think a good homemade soup sounds wonderful.

Everyone likes pizza. You could make then a pie to bake, or give them gift a certificate for a commercially made take and bake.

You could roast chicken thighs and drumsticks, and provide a bang up pasta salad.

I have often baked chicken thighs on a bed of rice strewn with veggies.

Many families eat very simple fare. They might have trouble with complex flavors and unfamiliar foods. I’d make sure of their tastes before doing too much planning. But you have a good impulse. Good luck with this, and Gid bless your efforts.
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I like the taco idea a lot, kids especially love tacos.

You could chop up all the ingredients and bring over in separate baggies or tupperware, then all mom would have to do is heat up the shells and taco meat and open the containers.

You could do homemade refried beans and rice too if you want to be an overachiever.
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Old 11-27-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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This is very kind of you.

How well do you know the family? Are you sure there aren't any food allergies or sensitivities to accommodate?

That's aside from personal preferences too - whether they like particular types of foods or spices.

Honestly, if possible, I'd start with a conversation with the wife, and ask what would be the most useful for her family, rather than us guessing what they'd appreciate most.
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:16 PM
 
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it might make a big difference to find out their likes/dislikes.
we have had this situation several times when we donate home-made meals.

maybe they do not like certain ethnic food or seasonings.
maybe one or more has a (whatever) allergy or restrictive diet.
and maybe they do not really care...just bring anything. those are the best.

so...eliminating pasta, pizza, casseroles, etc....here are our top 3:
1. stuffed baked potatoes.
2. shish kabob.
3. gumbo.
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Chili
Soups
Beef Stew
Pot pies
desserts
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:47 AM
 
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Thank you to everyone for your great ideas!! To answer a couple of your questions:

1. The family has no allergies or sensitivities and likes everything, but keep the hot/spicy level low.
2. The wife does cook, but really needs help with everything right now (sick hubs and 7 kids), so I will cook food and include a gift card to a grocery store close to their home to help with other items they may need.

Their very close friend is going to deliver for me. I will try to remember to post here what I make in case it's helpful to someone else in the future.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I think savory pies are a good idea. I mean the chicken pot pies, shepherd's and cottage pies. Also maybe tourtiere and a salad. It is easy to prepare, very filling and tastes good. https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...urtiere-recipe

Building on the taco idea you could set up walking tacos. Kids usually love those.

What you are doing should be a wonderful help for this family. Thank you!
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: The middle
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Breakfast for dinner. A breakfast casserole with a fruit salad and maybe some muffins.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:44 AM
 
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Sometimes I make a huge wild rice and garlic meatloaf, bake a few potatoes, tuck in a box of 'tatoe topper and fix a simple vegetable casserole/ fruit salad or garlic toast.

These are things most people will eat, they travel well and are not too expensive to share.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Homemade spaghetti meat sauce & salad. I'd let them boil the pasta as it will taste better fresh.

Mashed potatoes and pot roast or a roast chicken.
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