Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home-Cooked Meals & Meal Train Ideas

I recently shared a few ideas about cooking for others (aka home-cooked meals and meal train ideas) and so many of you were looking for more ideas, had ideas to share, and were interested in seeing a guide about it and how I usually go about it!

Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home-Cooked Meals & Meal Train Ideas - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am really excited to share this post with you today because I truly think it is a useful tool and resource and filled with great recipes that will help you, help those in need! I’ve been cooking a lot lately for various families so before I jump into the recipes, here are a few tips I’ve gathered.

A few notes about delivering meals:

  • Dietary Restrictions: Always inquire about dietary restrictions before planning the meal! What do the kids hate? What are you hoping to get the kids to eat more of? Does everyone eat meat? Etc.
  • Delivery Time: Text/email/call the coordinator or the family to find out the best time to deliver dinner. Keep in mind that the family is dealing with an important issue (either good in the case of a new baby, or difficult in the case of illness) and may not want to visit with friends, so plan on dropping off on the porch.
  • Disposable Containers: I alway use disposable food containers/trays so the family doesn’t have to clean dishes for me to pick back up!
  • Make it Extra Special: If I have time and depending on the situation, I’ll add chocolates, wine, flowers, or something extra special. If the occasion is a newborn baby, something special for the big brother or sister, like a coloring book, stamps, stickers, or a little game is always a great idea to make them feel extra special. If  I know the person and am in communication with them, I’ll ask them if they need any groceries on my way (milk, etc.)
  • No time to cook? Look into local meal delivery services or restaurants and have a meal delivered! Chip in with friends and figure out a schedule that works.

P.S. Don’t know what a meal train is? Mealtrain.com is a crowdsourcing platform that helps organize home-made meal giving for a friend around a birth, surgery or illness also known as a Meal Train! It’s essentially just a website that helps you organize the process and allows people to sign up for different days, etc.

Breakfast:

  1. Granola
  2. Cut Up Fresh Fruit & Yogurt
  3. Frozen Smoothie Packs: Place smoothie ingredients for one serving in freezer-friendly Ziploc bags, label with an expiration date (about 6 months for frozen fruit), and store in the freezer until ready to use!
  4. Freezer Waffles: Pumpkin Waffles, Double Chocolate Banana Waffles, or the Best Ever Waffles in my Cookbook
  5. Freezer-Friendly Pancakes
  6. Frittata: Potato Leek and Chard Frittata, Sweet Potato BLT Frittata
  7. Quiche
  8. French Toast Cups
  9. Breakfast Burritos (freezer-friendly)
  10. Breakfast Parfaits in Mini Mason Jars
  11. Muffins: Cinnamon Bun, Banana Berry, Pumpkin Sticky Bun Muffins, Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins, Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins
  12. Breakfast Cookies
  13. On-The-Go Baked Egg Nests

Main Meals: Lunches & Dinners

  1. Freezer Burritos
  2. Pasta Dishes: Pesto Pasta Salad, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Sausage and Veggie Pasta, Mac and Cheese
  3. A Protein: Grilled Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Fish
  4. Meatballs: Thai Meatballs, Loaded Turkey Meatballs, Nanny’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  5. A batch of soup: Chicken and Kale SoupTurkey Chili, Game Day White Chicken Chili, Healthy Broccoli Soup, Green Chili Vegetable Soup, Feel Good Veggie Soup, Classic Chicken Soup, Butternut Squash Curry Soup, Tomato Basil Soup (with grilled cheese), Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (and send a loaf of bread)
  6. Chicken Nuggets: Zesty Chicken Bites, Pecan Popcorn Chicken
  7. Sheet Pan Dinners: Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken, Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies
  8. One Pan Meals: Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice, One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken & Cauliflower, One-Pan Fiesta Chicken
  9. DIY Taco Bar or Taco Salads
  10. Casseroles: Spaghetti Squash BakeCreamy Pumpkin Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole
  11. Slow Cooker Dishes: Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Thai Curry Chicken, Beef Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar
  12. Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
  13. Mason Jar Salads
  14. DIY Lunch Pinwheels
  15. Loaded Egg Salad
  16. Copy-Cat Chipotle Burrito Bowls
  17. Stir Fry
  18. Pre-Made & Wrapped Sandwiches
  19. A Tray of Lasagna

Side Dishes

  1. Tray of Roasted Vegetables: Maple Roasted Brussels SproutsSpiced Roasted Cauliflower, Perfect Roasted Veggies, Garlic Roasted Vegetables
  2. Salads: Arugula Salad with Mint Chia DressingSteak Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette, Grilled Caesar Salad
  3. Mexican Street Corn Salad
  4. Israeli Salad
  5. Pasta Salads: Antipasto Pasta SaladBLT Pasta SaladCold Asian Noodle Salad
  6. Sweet Potato Fries, Zucchini Fries, Eggplant Friesor Regular Fries
  7. Instant Pot Risotto
  8. Beet Slaw
  9. Greek 3-Bean Salad
  10. Potato Latkes (makes a lot)
  11. Mediterranean Fritters (makes a lot)

Snacks/Treats

  1. Cut up Veggies & Hummus or Other Dip: Tzatziki Sauce, Spanish Eggplant Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  2. Mini Meatloaves 
  3. Chips & Salsa
  4. Salad Roll-Ups
  5. Trail Mix (make a homemade blend of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and chocolate chunks)
  6. Granola Bars
  7. No-Bake Energy Balls: Nut-Free Powerbites, Mint Chip Bites, Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites
  8. Cookies: Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut CookiesChocolate Chip Cookies, Chai Cookie BarsOatmeal Raisin Cookies
  9. Secret Ingredient Brownies (send a pint of ice cream, too)
  10. Cupcakes
  11. Chocolate Dessert Cups + Fresh Fruit
  12. Bowl of Fruit (pre-cut)

Misc.

  1. Cold Brew Ice Coffee
  2. A Pitcher of Iced Tea
  3. A Pitcher of Lemonade
  4. Chia Seed Jam
  5. Paleo Sandwich Bread or a Loaf of Bread
  6. DIY Chicken Rub
  7. Wine
  8. Chocolate
  9. Flowers
  10. Fresh Milk (or other groceries)
  11. Non food related: Chip in with friends and hiring a cleaning service!

Have other ideas? Leave them in the comments below!

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfaits

Lemon Curd Blueberry Compote Parfaits | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfait is a fabulous on-the-go breakfast option! It has all of my favorite flavors and textures in one hearty breakfast parfait!

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfaits - Lexi's Clean KitchenCreamy lemon curd, sweetened-just-right blueberry compote, nutritious chia pudding, and crunchy granola! Made in partnership with Wyman’s Wild Blueberries.

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfaits - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Wyman’s today to bring you this nutritious and delicious breakfast option! Wild blueberries are smaller and have more antioxidants than domesticated blueberries, and 2x the antioxidant power! Wyman’s prides itself on harvesting wild blueberries, which are picked fresh and immediately frozen to maximize health benefits to consumers.

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfaits - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Wyman’s Wild Blueberries have no added sugars, preservatives, sodium, or starches and since they are smaller and more compact, you get more wild blueberries per pound!

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfaits - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

Tart lemon, sweet blueberries, creamy chia pudding, and optional Greek yogurt = the perfect protein-packed breakfast for any day of the week!

 

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfaits - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote Breakfast Parfaits

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 0:40 Serves 8

Ingredients

Blueberry Compote

  • 3 cups Wyman’s Frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Chia Pudding

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk, or any nut milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 batch gluten-free granola

Other Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Wyman’s blueberries
  • Optional: 2 cups plain Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Heat all blueberry compote ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Taste and adjust lemon and sweetener as desired. Once done, take off heat and let cool before pouring into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Divide the lemon curd, blueberry compote, chia pudding and Greek yogurt (if using!) among 8 4-ounce containers or 4 8-ounce containers. Top with granola and lemon zest and either eat right away or store in the fridge for later!

Recipe Notes

*Save the rest of the lemon curd for more delicious treats! We love using it in our lemon bars, top it with whipped coconut cream and berries for a fun no-bake treat, or even as a topping on our favorite Fluffy Paleo Pancakes!
*This should keep refrigerated for 1-2 weeks!

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Spring Vegetable Quiche

Paleo Spring Vegetable Quiche {Grain-free, gluten-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Paleo Spring Vegetable Quiche is loaded with vegetables and fresh flavors that everyone will love! If you are looking for a beautiful and fresh brunch recipe to impress with this Mother’s Day or Easter Sunday, this recipe is IT! No one will be able to tell that the flaky, buttery crust is gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly!

Paleo Spring Vegetable Quiche | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Whatever the occasion, this gorgeous, fresh, healthy, and flavorful quiche will be the hit of the brunch table!

Paleo Spring Vegetable Quiche | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Flakey, butter-y crust loaded with fresh Spring vegetables and herbs makes for quiche perfection. This recipe can also be customizable! Simply make the crust, roast your favorite Spring veggies, combine them with eggs and spices, bake and BOOM. Brunch perfection.

Paleo Spring Vegetable Quiche | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Top it with avocado slices and some flaky salt!

Paleo Spring Vegetable Quiche | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

Paleo Spring Vegetable Quiche

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1:05 Yields 4

Ingredients

  • 1 batch paleo tart crust (also on page 70 of the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook)
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, sliced thinly. Slice a few lengthwise to top the quiche before baking for an added beautiful touch!
  • 1 cup fingerling potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced, cooked until translucent
  • 1/2 cup leeks, diced, cooked until translucent
  • 1 cup red Swiss chard, both the leafy green and the stem, sliced thin and cooked until wilted.
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 bunch Chives, sliced thin
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

1. Prepare one batch of tart curst and place in the refrigerator to chill.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 400 °F. Roast asparagus and potatoes for 30-40 minutes, or until fork tender. Broil for 1 minute at the end to add extra color to the vegetables.
3. While vegetables are roasting, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add in onion, leek, swiss chard, and garlic. Cook until onions turn translucent and swiss chard begins to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Take off heat and set aside.
4. In a medium mixing bowl, add roasted veggies, cooked onion mixture, eggs, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir well.
5. Bring the oven down to 350 °F. Grease desired tart pan, and gently press the chilled dough into the center, filling up the sides and the bottom. Par-bake for 5 minutes, just until the dough starts to rise. The dough should still be raw.
6. Pour quiche mixture into tart pan. Garnish with chives and nicely cut asparagus. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the eggs have set.
7. Garnish with additional chives, sea salt, and avocado. Serve warm!

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Savory Chorizo Breakfast Bowls

These Savory Chorizo Breakfast Bowls are a perfect hearty and filling brunch or make-ahead breakfast! I mean, isn’t everything just better when served in a BOWL and with a soft-boiled egg on top? Simply prepare all of the ingredients the night before, toss in a bowl, and devour! Throw all of the ingredients in a mason jar or to-go container to enjoy this on-the-go!

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There’s not much I love more than a hearty breakfast to fuel me for the day filled with protein, healthy fats, and carbs. I love that you can easily prep all of these ingredients ahead of time and package them up for multiple weekday breakfasts. Easy, portable, and delicious!

These bowls are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein to keep you energized and ready for the day ahead! 

Savory Chorizo Breakfast Bowls

Find my guide on making the perfect hard/soft boiled eggs here.

Savory Chorizo Breakfast Bowls

Want other breakfast recipes? Try these:

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What is your favorite weekday breakfast?

Pancake and Waffle Mix

DIY Gift Week would not be complete without my Best Ever Fluffy Pancake and Waffle Mix from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! These pancakes/waffles are gluten-free, grain-free, and totally the real deal! Everybody that makes these LOVES them so much!

Pancake and Waffle Mix

Day 4 of DIY Gift Week!

Monday: Espresso Candied Pecans

Tuesday: Best Ever Chicken Rub

Wednesday: Homemade Bark

TODAY: Pancake and Waffle Mix!

This mix is my favorite. I usually make a double batch to bring to my mom because she loves them so much. The printable labels below will make it easy for you to create a single, or a double batch as the perfect holiday gift this year!

Pancake and Waffle Mix

What You’ll Need:

Jars (mini or larger- adjust sizes based on quantity you are giving)

Printable Labels: Double Batch Labels or Single Batch Labels

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Card Stock (White) Card Stock (Brown)

Pancake or Waffle Mix

Prep Time 4 min Total Time 0:04

Ingredients

    Single Batch

    • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
    • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch of fine sea salt
    • Makes: 1 cup of mix (2 waffles (eight individual pieces total) or 8 3- to 4-inch pancakes
    • (Labels have instructions on how to make the waffles/pancakes)

    Double Batch

    • 1 cup blanched almond flour
    • 1 cup tapioca flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch of fine sea salt
    • Makes: 1 cup of mix (4 waffles (sixteen individual pieces total) or about fourteen to sixteen 3- to 4-inch pancakes
    • (Labels have instructions on how to make the waffles/pancakes)

    Directions

  • In a large bowl or a large mason jar, mix together almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry for 2 weeks, or in the fridge for up to one month.
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    Pancake and Waffle Mix

    Pancake and Waffle Mix

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    Fall Hash Brown Breakfast Skillet

    This Fall Hash Brown Breakfast Skillet is packed with all  of the quintessential flavors of autumn! It’s the perfect hearty weekday breakfast (or brinner), and great for a weekend brunch! Hearty, nutrient-dense, and delicious!

    Fall Hash Brown Breakfast Skillet

    The hash browns in this dish make it SO perfect. Instead of dicing the potatoes, simply shred them! It adds wonderful texture to the dish.

    P.S. Did you miss that I announced the first leg of the LCK BOOK TOUR? Make sure to RSVP before tickets run out!

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    I hope you have an awesome weekend and that you LOVE this skillet! 

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