4 Easy Meal Train Recipes + Printable Condolence Cards

Meal delivery might be the first thing that might come to mind after hearing the news of a loved one’s sickness or loss. Whether it’s a food train, helping with the reception, or an individual effort to contribute, food is a deeply meaningful and integral part of the community’s effort to aid those in distress.

“What we really want to do, intend to do, is to deliver a dish that is wholesome, satisfying and, most of all, enjoyable. Something that will be truly appreciated and do what we mean it to – provide comfort, show kindness and hopefully bring some joy.” – Perre Coleman Magness, The Southern Sympathy Cookbook

Printable Meal Cards

Print and keep these meal cards with your recipes for easy use and delivery. Just place the card on top of your dish or in the box with your food. Whether you deliver the meal in person or through other means, it is an easy way for the recipient to know how to reheat it, what the ingredients are and who is responsible for it.

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Cheez-It Chicken

“My mom made this growing up, that was before gluten was a thing, before we watched every carb and ID’d the fat type of food. Of course, it’s not deep fried or dripping with bacon fat, so all in all it’s a pretty lean and healthier choice of comfort food – but still extremely satisfying. It’s like snacking on your own dinner. Also a good one for the kids.” – Aaron

  • 1 package of chicken cutlets
  • 1 small box of cheez its
  • 1 T Garlic salt
  • ½ Cup of panko or Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 small bottle of ranch dressing

Crush up the cheez-its and mix it with the garlic salt and panko. Dry off the chicken pieces and dip them in the ranch, then cover with the dry mix. Place on a baking sheet or in a glass pan. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

Serve with the leftover ranch dressing or BBQ sauce. Good sides include corn or mashed potatoes.

Cheez-It Chicken Meal Cards

Shabbat Chicken

“Shabbat chicken is super simple and AMAZING. I give it to all new moms and bring it to church potlucks.” – Jill

  • Whole chicken
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 4 large chopped potatoes
  • 2 large chopped onions
  • 1 garlic bulb, peeled and minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 6 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup water

Put chicken in a roasting pan. Place the chopped veggies around the chicken. Sprinkle the garlic, turmeric and paprika all over the chicken. Mix ketchup, Worcestershire, soy and water and pour over the dish. Cover and cook 375 for 2.5-3 hours or until chicken is done.

Shabbat Chicken Meal Cards

Taco soup

“You will hear your children fighting over the last bit of soup.” – Kara

  • 1 lb ground beef, browned
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 16-oz cans Mexican Chili
  • 16-oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 16-oz can corn, undrained
  • 150-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 can chopped green chilies
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 package powdered ranch dressing mix

Combine and mix all ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, etc.

Taco Soup Meal Cards

Layered, Baked Spaghetti

“This lasagna alternative is more exciting than plain old spaghetti, and can be substituted with gluten free noodles. Deliver it to friends with pre-bagged salad, dressings, and a box of Texas Toast. Very satisfying.” – David

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 box spaghetti noodles (can substitute gluten-free)
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • Large bag of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Cook the spaghetti. Saute the onion and peppers in light oil for 3 minutes; add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Add the ground beef and cook through; drain. Add the sauce, honey and a large pinch of Italian seasoning and cook on low until heated through. Mix the mozzarella with half of the Parmesan cheese. Layer the sauce, noodles and mozzarella two times, leaving ¼ of the sauce and mozzarella to layer on top. Finish it with ½ cup parmesan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Layered Spaghetti Meal Cards

See 23 more recipe ideas for food gifting and meal trains.

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