what meal would you take?

San Jose, California
March 19, 2018 4:18pm CST
My neighbor is having a baby this week (scheduled c-section, so they know for sure what day the baby is coming). She has a little boy a year older than mine and we share a front yard, so we're quite friendly with each other even if we aren't close friends. I'd like to take them 2-3 meals to make life a little easier after the baby is born. I remember how much I appreciated some of the moms from my daughter's school who brought over 2 kinds of soup and some rolls while I was in labor so we'd have something to eat while waiting for the baby to arrive (and after). I'm trying to figure out what to take over. I was think of taking one kind of soup, one kind of baked pasta casserole, and something else... maybe pulled pork or chicken with a bag of rolls and some potato salad, or porcupine meatballs (the kind made with rice and ground beef, not with porcupine meat!) with a bagged salad or veggie tray. What do you like to make when you take someone a meal?
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@andriaperry (58524)
• United States
19 Mar
Around here we love our fried chicken and beans and cornbread,
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• San Jose, California
20 Mar
That sounds perfect for MY dinner!
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@LeaPea2417 (21987)
• Toccoa, Georgia
19 Mar
I would make a baked pasta dish like lasagna
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• San Jose, California
20 Mar
I am planning to do one of those.
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@kobesbuddy (55072)
• East Tawas, Michigan
19 Mar
Most generally when I supplied a meal for a family, it was some kind of casserole and biscuits. Meatballs is a nice idea, maybe with rice or potatoes, and a veggie on the side. Baked chicken and potato salad, another popular favorite.
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• San Jose, California
20 Mar
These are all wonderful suggestions.
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@kobesbuddy (55072)
• East Tawas, Michigan
20 Mar
@spiderdust Almost everyone loves lasagna, that's another good dish to take them.
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• San Jose, California
21 Mar
@kobesbuddy I made a cheater's lasagna using frozen ravioli. I'll post about it in an hour or so (been a busy day here).
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@NJChicaa (46122)
• United States
19 Mar
I usually do lasagna or beef bourguignon with egg noodles.
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• San Jose, California
19 Mar
I like making lasagna too, although I was thinking of a baked ziti type of dish, which might be easier to eat with a baby in one arm.
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@NJChicaa (46122)
• United States
19 Mar
@spiderdust You could do baked gnocchi with chunks of fresh mozzarella scattered throughout if you want to do something different than ziti. I like to mix sauteed baby spinach into mine. You could add sausage too if you know they like that.
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@1creekgirl (11942)
• United States
19 Mar
Those dishes sound great and I'm sure your neighbor will certainly appreciate your kindness. Here when someone has the flu or such, many of us take chicken rice soup. I had cooked a pot of it for a sick friend recently and when I called to let her know I was bringing it, she said, " I really do appreciate it, but this will be the third pot of chicken rice soup I've received. Please let your family enjoy it."
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• San Jose, California
20 Mar
My mom always took hamburger soup to people, which is a beef vegetable soup using browned ground beef instead of stew meat. It's easy and economical, plus it's something other than chicken soup.
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@1creekgirl (11942)
• United States
21 Mar
@spiderdust That's the second most popular soup here too.
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• San Jose, California
22 Mar
@1creekgirl Hmm... maybe I need to rotate a third kind of soup into my meal gifting ideas.
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@LadyDuck (175970)
• Switzerland
20 Mar
Soup and meatball is a good idea, also chicken, it's something that usually people appreciate. I would skip pork unless you are sure they eat pork.
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• San Jose, California
21 Mar
I did skip the pork, and I took them both soup and meatballs, as well as a baked pasta casserole.
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@LadyDuck (175970)
• Switzerland
21 Mar
@spiderdust I am sure she was very happy and grateful.
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@Courtlynn (55163)
• United States
19 Mar
Honestly, the only meals we take people are our leftovers, unless people know we're making things like turkey or lasagna and they ask us to make them some too. That is very sweet of you to do for them. Maybe a fruit and veggie tray, and some deli meats for snacks then a meal or two
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• San Jose, California
21 Mar
I wrote a new post with everything I took over there. Lots of people suggested lasagna, so I did a "lasagna like" dish.
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@Courtlynn (55163)
• United States
21 Mar
@spiderdust Oh I know, I saw it last night.. before you commented here lol. Think its kinda funny when this happens.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
19 Mar
It depends on the weather. Meatball subs. Chicken noodle soup
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
20 Mar
@spiderdust that's true. What about baked spaghetti?
@teamfreak16 (41402)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Apr
I've never taken anyone a meal before. But the porcupine meatballs sound good. I love those things.
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• San Jose, California
23 Apr
They're pretty popular in this house too.
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@mom210 (6771)
• Atlanta, Georgia
21 Mar
To be perfetly honest, anything I did not have to cook was WONDERFUL! I was so tired, so busy, the meals were just so helpful. It is so fantastic you are doing this for her.
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• San Jose, California
21 Mar
I wrote in another post what I took over to them. They were thrilled!
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20 Mar
Five kids later, I have to say food wasn't what I appreciated the most right after coming home from the hospital. I was truly thankful for the friends and family who offered to lend a hand either with my other kiddos or around the house.
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• San Jose, California
20 Mar
They have that part already covered with other family members (we did check).
@amadeo (73079)
• United States
19 Mar
I never had this kind of experience.the meal plan there sounds good.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
19 Mar
Everyone has different taste so that's a tough one. I know I would have loved chicken, mac n cheese and some kind of bread. =)
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• San Jose, California
20 Mar
I have a few ideas now. Bread is definitely on that list!
@Dracindo (106)
21 Mar
Mac 'n Cheese. Quick 'n Tasty. Just gotta watch out for lactose intolerant people. Vergetarians? Eeeeeh, sorry, but just remove the meat from the dish as I serve it.
• San Jose, California
22 Mar
I checked with them beforehand to see if they had any dietary concerns or allergies.
@kepweng (18574)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
28 Mar
Canned goods is Enough for me
@Hannihar (41959)
26 Mar
@spiderdust Kelli, I think a casserole is a great idea and also salads.
@yani73 (823)
• Pakanbaru, Indonesia
20 Mar
looking so delicious
@Mavic123456 (14371)
• Thailand
20 Mar
fruits is always safe to bring...