I’m on vacation with my family this week so I am so excited to welcome Marianne from Marianne Cooks to share an easy idea to bring to a new mom or a friend that has recently had surgery. It seems like everyone does takeout these days, but there is something so thoughtful about a home cooked meal beautifully put together for a friend. Next time you sign up for a meal calendar, remember this meal idea!
One of the most frequent questions I receive from people is, “What do you take over to a new mom or a friend that just had surgery?” So I thought I would share with you what I do.
My favorite meal to take to anyone is my Greek Chicken bowls. I put everything into different containers so when the families go to make their bowl they make it just the way they want it. These taste great, are gluten free, and if someone doesn’t like a certain ingredient they can just keep it out of their bowl. It’s fun for kids to put their own bowl together, too!
I use these to go bowl containers because then my friends can keep them or throw them out, but they do not feel obligated to return them. To me that is key because the last thing they need is another item on their to do list. I always have a supply of these in my kitchen for delivery. (See this pst for more of favorites in the kitchen.)
Greek Chicken Bowl Recipe:
Another thing I love to do when I drop off meals is throw in a healthy breakfast. As a mom with a new baby, or after surgery, the last thing someone wants to do is make breakfast. So sometimes I include some full fat yogurt for the healthy fat benefits and my homemade granola. This granola can be gluten free if needed and sweetened only with a little maple syrup. A great start to any morning!
Easy Homemade Granola:
I carry everything in one of my favorite delivery bags, the Scout Deano Tote, (I leave these in my car to hold all my grocery bags too).
Nothing puts a smile on my face more when someone drops off some pretty flowers when I am sick so I always grab an orchid while I am at the store which fits perfectly into my Scout bag – along with this delicious meal!
Thanks so much, Marianne, for guest posting today!
In addition to all her fantastic recipes, Marianne offers cooking classes in her Dallas home. (This would make a great experience gift for a friend or a fun girls’ night out!). Read more about her cooking classes here.
Marianne is a food blogger known for her healthy and delicious meals that kids will actually eat. She has been featured on Cooking Light’s Instagram, The Feed Feed website, Driscoll Farms Instagram and many more. Most days you can find her in her kitchen creating recipes, hosting cooking classes, or preparing Sunday night dinners for friends and family. Her goal is to make the cooking experience easy and fun, so you can enjoy time with your family without losing flavor, nutrition or style. Learn more about Marianne and check out her recipes here.