Take A Meal That Heals- A Recipe Roundup

Take A Meal That Heals- A Recipe Roundup

Do you want to bring a meal to a friend but can’t decide what to bring? Or maybe you already have a list of go-to meals to take to those in need, but your friend has different dietary preferences than you are used to accommodating? Well, consider this recipe round up the jackpot of ideas for you to turn to! These can be made for anyone, anytime, but for a super easy guide, let’s use this key:   (M) For new moms  {*See breastfeeding notes at bottom of post} (D) For the friend healing from dental work – think flavorful but easy to chew (I) For the friend fighting illness   All the recipes listed are free of processed/artificial ingredients and are nutrient-dense! These are meals that heal!  MAIN DISH: M, I Ginger Chicken  This recipe is from Kelly over at A Girl Worth Saving and it’s got so much going for it! It’s Paleo so it uses only whole food, clean ingredients as well as having the added benefit of ginger as one of the main ingredients. Ginger has a humongous list of health benefits you can read about here, but most notably it can help ease nausea and upset stomach and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. D, I Red Lentil Dal – This recipe makes use of curry to flavor and spice the lentils- a major player in curry is turmeric. Turmeric is a super important anti-inflammatory, which at the most basic level “helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage” but you can read lots more about turmeric’s healing benefits here. I Chunky Chicken & Vegetable Soup Is there anything better than chicken soup...
5 Fool-Proof Ways to Bring a Meal EVERYONE Wants, Even If You’re Not a Great Cook.

5 Fool-Proof Ways to Bring a Meal EVERYONE Wants, Even If You’re Not a Great Cook.

{Photo Source: Gideon} You’re browsing on facebook and see that “so-and-so” had their sweet baby and would love if some meals were provided for them as they transition to life with a newborn. You hover over the “sign up” button but hesitate thinking, “I’m not really the best cook…What would I make them? What if they don’t like what I make them?” I have totally been there! But this post is designed to help you get over your insecurities and road blocks so you can click “sign up” and get that meal delivered confidently!   5 fool-proof ways to bring a meal EVERYONE wants, even if you’re not a great cook.  1. Stick to tried-and-true recipes.   Don’t try out a new recipe on other people. Make something that you have experience making and have enjoyed eating. Choose a meal that has been a family favorite for some time or is a go-to meal for you.   I actually have a list of a few meal ideas that are family favorites, well enjoyed by guests we’ve entertained, and easy to transport. Those are the meals I turn to when someone needs a meal. Want a few meal ideas? Check out these meals that heal!  2. Review this ultimate guide to meal delivery.   This guide is something I created to make sure you are fully equipped to deliver a most-welcomed dish.   Even if the meal you make isn’t plate-licking-good, pay attention to these little details, and it’ll be that much more appreciated.   The little things can make your dish that much more appealing because it shows that you put thought into...
The Ultimate Guide For Taking Someone A Meal- Etiquette 101: Hospitality Delivered

The Ultimate Guide For Taking Someone A Meal- Etiquette 101: Hospitality Delivered

I’ve been writing recently about the beauty of bringing someone a meal (here and here). It’s truly a wonderful and simple way to make someone’s day. I’ve been on the receiving and giving side of meals more times than I can begin to explain, so I’ve learned some helpful tidbits along the way. I figured why not compile all the nitty gritty details into one super helpful ultimate guide? So here it is!   The Ultimate Guide To Taking Someone A Meal- Etiquette 101: Hospitality Delivered 1. Make Contact and Schedule your delivery:    ~Initial Contact    Contact the recipients to find out if they would be interested in receiving a meal. Letting them know you would like to bring a meal is the first step.  I know we aren’t always planning ahead, and sometimes bringing a meal is incredibly spontaneous, but it’s definitely polite to let the recipients know of your intentions. Ask the recipients if they have any allergies, food sensitivities, likes or dislikes.  Taking a moment to find out this vital information and following the recipients dietary needs & preferences is so greatly appreciated.  Wouldn’t it be a bummer to prepare a meal centered on shell fish only to discover after the fact that the family is allergic or perhaps dislikes seafood or are Vegetarians? Awkward! That could easily be avoided by simply connecting ahead of time to find out that important information.  Find out if the recipients are in need of additional meals beyond the one you’ll be bringing.  Life changing events like having a new baby, a death in the family, or even moving into a new home can...
Product Spotlight: Mary & Martha

Product Spotlight: Mary & Martha

I ADORE dishes. Let me clarify- I’m not talking about the act of doing dishes. No, not so much. I adore pretty dishes. Anytime I’m in TJ Maxx or Target, I tend to gravitate towards the kitchen and serving ware isles. I especially enjoy looking at all the colorful designs and reading the words printed on the mugs. (Isn’t owning a great mug just awesome!?) Maybe I’m alone in my pursuit to find a great mug, but having the right cup just makes a difference to me. I guess I can explain it in the same way a great outfit can impact how you feel in those clothes, a great mug can impact how you feel as well. At least it does for me. (Little secret– I will always opt to dine-in at a cafe if it means I can use a real mug and not a paper cup to-go.) Coffee mugs are one of the things that we didn’t register for before getting married. My hubby and I both enjoy a unique cup, so we left those purchases to be something we gather eclectically. For our plates and bowls, on the other hand, we went classic and opted for solid white. And I love them. The plain white is the perfect backdrop for letting the food stand out as the star. But then I was given these little beauties and I am even more in love! Mary & Martha Dishes These two pieces are from Mary & Martha’s Melamine Collection called “This is the table before the Lord”. Just like my favorite mugs, these have beautiful colors, words that...

8 Things I’ve Learned From Breaking Up With Meal Planning

Image Source: Walt Stoneburner   Meal planning and I have had an extensive love/hate relationship.  I loved the benefit and rewards that meal planning brought to my life, but hated the effort and attention that meal planning demanded.  We have a long and complicated history of being on again & off again. But like all relationships, you always learn something. Here are 8 things I’ve learned from breaking up with meal planning:   1.     I spend a lot of money on last minute take out.  Dinner time rolls around and the question of “What’s for dinner?” spurs on a conversation that ends with me ordering take out for my husband to pick up.  Team work at its finest. 😉 2.    I often go hungry.  Sometimes I actually forget to eat because I don’t have anything planned.  And then I get over hungry and the result is lesson #3. 3.    I have the potential to be a very anxious and “hangry” person.  Familiar with that word? That’s when you are hungry AND angry.  It’s not a pretty combination.  Angry about being hungry. Angry at the world.  Enough said. 4.    I have the ability to get totally and completely overwhelmed with the responsibility of making food for my family. Without a plan, I can walk in and out of the kitchen several times a day until I just collapse from emotional and mental exhaustion. 5.    Food stored safely in the confines of the fridge has the mysterious ability to disappear and only reappear when its at the point of no return.  Money (& yummy potential) down the...
A Beginner’s Guide To Food Sensitivities & Allergies

A Beginner’s Guide To Food Sensitivities & Allergies

A mama in our Savoring Joy Community recently emailed me this urgent request: “Help! Where to start?! No dairy for 3 of us, no nuts for 2, no gluten for 1 maybe 2, (all have to) cut back sugar…???” Does her cry for help resonate with you? Discovering food sensitivities and food allergies can be very difficult emotionally, physically and mentally. Depending on your current lifestyle and the severity and precedence of the food you’re sensitive or allergic to, it can be a HUGE adjustment.    I understand this mom’s desperation.  I know how complicated and challenging adjusting to a new way of eating because of food sensitivities can be.    Last year I was faced with a ridiculously long list of foods that I could no longer eat because of leaky gut (intestinal permeability).  That’s another story for another time. But bottom line, I get it.  I TOTALLY get it.  I’ve had my own journey with oppressive food sensitivities so I understand the challenges they present. Imagine the burden of trying to accommodate each family member’s sensitivities every meal you eat together.  The mom who emailed me was trying to confront not only every new food allergy & sensitivity, but also every additional food dislike and preference each person had, and try to somehow manage putting food on the table that everyone could eat and enjoy.  How overwhelming!    Can you imagine how many different dishes she was anticipating having to make to please everyone?  That is enough pressure and restraints to drive a person into pure insanity or depression.  Straight up crazy talk. Thankfully, I have a simpler solution for her, and for you....