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Monday, September 20, 2010

Take a Meal: Just Add the Meat | Family Economics

By Sandy


Today I did something new. I took a meal to a family where the meal was not quite complete. It was missing the meat. So I instructed the family to, “Just add the meat" on a note card that went along with the meal.

After a recent trip to the grocery store, I packed up a grocery bag of goodies for my husband to take to his friend, who recently had a tragic accident – but who is recovering amazingly at home.

I sent pasta, sauce and fresh tomatoes from our garden. I also included chips and salsa for snack, a graham cracker treat for their 5-year-old, and some chocolate for when you “just need a bite of something sweet.”

It wasn’t gourmet or overcomplicated. It was also a meal that the family would be able to cook at their convenience, without having to refrigerate any of it.

Most people keep different kinds of meat in their freezer, or vegetarian even works for them.

Spaghetti or pasta is a great idea! But my main goal is to be flexible and have a willing heart when taking a meal to those in need.

Remember it doesn’t have to be a FULL MEAL, fancy and perfect. Those in need appreciate anything – so let’s be creative, gals!

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