9/24/12

Bake & Take Dinner Idea for a Sick Friend

Need a dinner idea to take to a sick friend? It always seems to bring up all sorts of uncertainty on what to bring that will please  their family and not seem too strange. (No one wants to be the one bringing the strange casserole!) This bake and take dinner idea may be the perfect one to keep on file.

At almost the last minute I got asked at Church if I could take dinner to a family who's wife/mom is recovering from surgery.   I turned to an idea I use frequently for just this purpose. It's simple yet yummy and perfect for taking dinner to others.  You can take it over un-cooked, for them to cook also, but potatoes don't freeze well, so this dish is best done at the last minute, which is good since it is super fast to throw together!

 Bonus Idea: At the end of the post I'll also show you how I used  the same idea along with using up this & that  from my fridge and made a similar dinner for my own family on the same night.

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This is the assembled dinner just before I popped it into the oven.

Bake & Take Chicken Dinner:

Ingredients:
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (at least enough for one chicken breast per person )
2 cans green beans drained
4-5 red skinned potatoes, cut into quarters.
1 stick butter/margarine melted
1 envelope Italian dressing  herbs

Directions: 
In a disposable 9 x 13 roasting pan, layer 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts down the middle of the pan.
Layer the drained green beans along one side of the chicken breasts.
Layer quartered potatoes down the other side of the chicken breasts.
Drizzle melted stick of butter over the entire pan of food.
Sprinkle the dry Italian Dressing herbs over the entire pan of food.
Bake at 350 degree's for 45-min-1 hour till potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through.
Sorry for the  bad picture, I forgot to take a picture of the finished meal till
just as I was leaving to deliver it, then I  rushed, so
it's lighting is atrocious!

Jan's Tips: Remember that the chicken will produce some broth, so when you pull it out of the oven, don't panic and think it is swimming in melted butter! I usually drizzle a little broth over the top and then remove much of the broth before taking it over 
                  During last 30 minutes I popped a Pillsbury french bread loaf on a cookie sheet on the upper rack and baked it at the same time and took them a warm loaf of bread with the dinner.

BONUS IDEA:


This is the uncooked dish, just prior to popping it into the oven.



When I made the friends dinner above, I had used my last bag of frozen chicken breasts. I had a few smaller pieces of chicken left over, but not enough for a second dinner. ( This may be my hubby's favorite dinner!)

Here's what I mixed together in my 9 x 13 baking dish and baked for my own dinner:
I chopped up the remaining small pieces of chicken breasts into bites sized pieces, threw them in the pan.
Diced a Kielbasa into bite sized pieces into the pan
Browned lightly and then cut into bite sized pieces 3 Brat's that I had in the fridge
Drained a can of asparagus spears and tossed into the pan.
Threw in some chopped onion, green peppers, and orange peppers that I had left over.
Quartered about 3 red skinned potatoes into the pan.
Drizzled  the entire pan with melted stick of butter
Sprinkled entire pan with a packet of Italian Dressing herbs.
Baked in 350 degree oven for about an hour till potatoes were tender and meat was cooked through.
(Baked a loaf of Pillsbury french bread for us too, during the last 30 minutes of baking time!)

Dinner is served!

Shared this post at these blog parties:
http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2012/09/barn-hop-80.html
http://www.sumossweetstuff.com/2012/09/market-yourself-mondaycheckered-shower.html
http://www.apinchofjoy.com/2012/09/busy-monday-week-of-september-23/
http://www.simplejoyfulliving.com/2012/09/backyard-farming-connection-bees.html
http://www.thethriftyhome.com/2012/09/156th-penny-pinching-party.html
http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/09/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-46/

11 comments:

  1. I am always taking meals to people. This looks great and easy. Thanks for sharing and linking to Tempt My Tummy.

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  2. That looks so yummy! I am just starting a new homestead related link up, and would love you to join. If you get a moment, come by and check it out! http://www.simplejoyfulliving.com/2012/09/backyard-farming-connection-bees.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I'd love to stop over!

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  3. So simple, and yet so very thoughtful. The simplest things, like cooking supper, can be so overwhelming for someone recovering from surgery, or birth, yet its so essential to eat healthy hearty meals to heal up. Best part - no dirty pans for them!!!
    I'll keep this in mind for when my friends & family have babies.

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    1. Thanks for the kind feedback!
      Jan

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  4. Great idea--freshly baked yummy meal in one pan and no clean up. Adding the fresh baked bread takes it over the top! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday.

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  5. what a good idea. my SIL is having a baby soon and i wanted to take them dinner a couple time. this is a good one. :)

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    1. Thanks, I do hope she likes it! It is a nice yummy yet safe dish for almost any family. Thanks for your kind words!
      Jan

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  6. Made this tonite for a neighbor after breast cancer surgery. I used fresh green beens and added some butternut squash. It smelled and looked delicious. I also did the bread which just made it perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    My neighbor looks wonderful and has a good diagnosis.

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    1. You just elevated this to a whole new level! Glad to hear they are doing well. Thanks for sharing Jan

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    2. You just elevated this to a whole new level! Glad to hear they are doing well. Thanks for sharing Jan

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