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What's your favorite dish/menu to deliver to someone you've offered to bring dinner to?

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Around here, when a family is in need (someone sick, had surgery, etc.), friends and neighbors organize to have dinners dropped off so the family doesn't have to shop or cook.

I'm looking for good ideas for healthy dishes and menus that can be reheated without much work and without getting dried out.

I made a chicken pot pie with soup, for ex. for my friend who had knee surgery while the rest of the group was in bed with the flu. This time comfort food was called for but sometimes, this kind of menu is too heavy.

Any ideas?

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  1. Depending on the ailment (dietary restrictions), mobility, and personal preference of the recipient I focus on soups - great comfort food, savory and flexible enough to be served as broth, puree/bisque, or full-on chunky goodness. Nice because soups don't have the tendancy to dry out, can be frozen and reheated, and are easy to store in small or larger portions.

    Pick up a nice loaf of artisan bread, and have a home made salad at the ready for them and it's a quick and nourishing meal for body and soul.

    1. There have been a couple recent threads that sort of address this same basic issue (more in a casserole/freezable way, but it's similar)... maybe they will afford you some ideas:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33684...

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357170

      Good luck! :)

      1. For most of us it is cold right now so we are focused on warm comfort foods but it really depends on the time of year. After surgery last July in hot and humid Indiana a bowl of soup was the last thing on my mind and neither were warm casseroles or pies. So is it for cold weather or warm?

        1. Mahogany Chicken is pretty good and easy:
          http://archive.salon.com/mwt/sust/200...

          There's a good story about cooking for others accompanying the recipe:
          http://archive.salon.com/mwt/sust/200...

          1. I create my own fresh fruit basket and include a small wood board and pairing knife.

            As for bringing a dish when asked, I also ask what part of the meal I can contribute to beforehand (appetizer, salad, side, dessert)and then inquire about aversions/allergies.