Friday, December 27, 2013

25 Best Meals to Deliver to a Friend

Delivering a meal to a friend or family member is the best gift, whether you are looking to surprise someone who just had a baby, someone who is sick, had a death in the family or is even simply overwhelmed with life. This Christmas we gave the gift of a stress free delivered dinner. It was truly the most appreciated gift I could have given. Sometimes life is crazy for whatever reason.

Our friend Ashley from the food blog Center Cut Cook shared some devastating news last week.  Her husband was diagnosed with cancer and they had quite a stay in the hospital.  Life, for them, is of course turned upside down and as a nurturing woman, all I want to do is help.  Faced with a potentially long and arduous treatment course our blogger friends are getting together to help raise a little money to help Ashley and Ryan.  Click here to make a donation (every dollar helps).

I would love to pack their fridge and freezer full of meals too, but they live across the country.  I have put together this collection of 25 of the Best Meals to Deliver to a friend or family member for whatever the reason.  We hope it helps make your dinner deliveries a little simpler.  Enjoy!

Speaking of simple recipes, of course our new cookbook {The Simple Kitchen - available to order now}is packed with delicious, easy recipes.

The Simple Kitchen is loaded with more than 75 BRAND NEW recipes and a hand full of family favorites too.

8 chapters with a total of 82 quick and easy recipes that are bursting with flavor!!!

Every recipe has a photo that will make your mouth water. It has slow cooker meals, one-pot recipes, quick dinners, simple appetizers, desserts and more!!!

And we have included kitchen tips to make dinnertime less stressful.

We are so excited to share our recipes with you!!! So, don't wait. Go and grab yours today!  The Simple Kitchen <-- click here to order.

Click on the photo or the link to open in a new window, recipe is at the bottom of each new page.


25 Minute Baked Ziti Skillet - one pan and 25 minutes are all that stand between you and a magical bite of Italian comfort food!
Chicken Pot Pie Skillet features chunks of chicken cooked in a scrumptious creamy sauce with corn, carrots and peas.  A secret ingredient in the drop biscuits really take this dish over the top.  One skillet and 30 minutes until dinner.

3 Cheese Skillet Lasagna, in 30 minutes! Packed with traditional flavor, one skillet in half an hour!

One Skillet Meal: 20 Minute Cheese Lovers Mac and Cheese with Broccoli is the easiest and cheesiest macaroni and cheese ever!

30 Minute Ravioli and Sausage Skillet - tastes like fine Italian restaurant meal in one skillet and half and hour! Cheesy and oh so delish!

Shepherd's Pie, redefined! The consummate comfort food with a healthy spin, leaner & heartier with chicken and a special ingredient!


Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Copycat Recipe is a sweetened roll with a thick cinnamon-sugar filling and a cream cheese frosting that you are likely to remember long after the cinnamon roll is gone!  
Sausage Gravy and Biscuit Skillet is a one skillet recipe that is sure to make it into your permanent recipe file.  Flavorful saw mill gravy made with sausage and scrumptious biscuits that goes from prep to plate in 30 minutes.
Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole is the perfect make ahead breakfast.  Simply prepare the night before and pop it in a 350°F oven the next morning.


Italian Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Bake is loaded with ooey gooey cheese, sun-dried and fresh grape tomatoes. Ready in just 30 minutes!

30-minute Cheesy Beef & Bean Enchiladas, perfect weeknight dinner, captures all my favorite flavors of the southwest on the table in no time

30 Minute Cheesy Pesto and Chicken Pasta Bake a fun spin on the the classic baked ziti that you and your family are going to go crazy over!

Layer upon layer of drool worthy south-of-the-border flavors in this incredibly Simple Mexican Lasagna.  Prep to plate in half an hour!

Meat Lovers Pizza Pasta Bake is loaded with your fav pizza toppings and tons of ooey gooey cheese! Better make 2! 30 Minute Meal!

Delicious 7 Layer Mexican Bean Dip - featuring, rice, beans, salsa verde, spicy chicken, enchilada sauce and cheese cheese cheese!!!

This 30 Minute Cheesy Pasta Bake goes from prep to plate in half an hour. A secret ingredient really makes this dish pop! 


30 Minute Hearty Italian Basil Sausage Soup is loaded with basil, sausage and a few more ingredients to make this stick to your ribs soup!

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Chicken and Rice is a scrumptious one pot meal that goes from prep to plate in 25 Minutes!

How does a thick and creamy Chicken and Dumplings done in 30 minutes sound? No, its not a dream and no canned soup!

Simple Crock Pot Chicken Dumplings is easy as can be and so homemade it may transport you back to your moms kitchen table. Just like mom used to make.

Light Italian Meatball Soup is loaded with veggies and lean meatballs cooked in a light tomato broth. Ready in just 30 minutes. 

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup - hearty, flavorful and delish!  Its chock full of chicken, veggies and noodles on your plate in 25 Minutes!!!

The Ultimate 3 Cheese Lasagna Soup - a thick and rich one pot soup.  Ready in just 30 minutes.  This classic comfort food has been transformed into your new favorite soup.

Ultimate Baked Potato Soup is now fully loaded and ready in just 20 minutes!  All the flavors of your favorite loaded baked potato come together in your new favorite soup recipe.  Chunks of baked potato in a rich cheese soup are garnished with cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles and chives.

Hearty Pasta Fagioli - a traditional Italian dish so thick you can stand a spoon up in the pot.  On your table in 30 minutes!

Check out all the posts full of comfort food recipes and happy words about our friend Ashley!! Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna - Sugar Dish Me Meals to Deliver to Family and Friends - Barefeet in the Kitchen Comfort Food Because Sometimes Bad Things Happen - On the Banks of Squaw Creek Center Cut Cook - The Midnight Baker Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole {Gluten Free} - My Gluten Free Kitchen


  1. Donna and Chad,
    I am so lucky to have friends like you in my life. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity, and for putting together this post filled with mouth-watering recipes! I truly appreciate the support. Thank you, thank you!

  2. This is a great round-up of recipes! All of them look great for delivering to a friend!

  3. This is a great round-up! All of the recipes look perfect for delivering to a friend!

  4. What a great post! I'm thinking of and praying for Ashley and Ryan every day!

  5. All of these recipes look delicious to be made at home. But I'm confused about how I would take them to a friend? is this for food you'd make at home them bring to them that night to eat for dinner? or for when they come over. I guess when I read the title I think of meals you could actually bring to a friend and let them heat up and eat at their leisure. misleading title, but the recipes look delish. Thanks.


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