Meal trains are a genius way to graciously prepare a meal for a new mom, a friend who lost a loved one, or a neighbor who is currently going through a stressful time in her life. The recipient is always thankful, but let’s be honest, lasagnas and casseroles can be overrated, especially when the third consecutive one is dropped off. It’s time for some fresh meal train ideas.

Meal Train Ideas

Meal Train Ideas That Aren't Lasagna

  1. Breakfast – Belgian waffles with a side of maple syrup and fresh berries…yum! Families are grateful for this fun and nontraditional dinner dish. Make the entire box so the family can freeze extras for later.
  2. Sandwich platter – Making lunches for children can be tedious and overwhelming while knee-deep in life-changing events. Moms will appreciate a break from this chore. Places like Costco or your go-to deli can make sandwich platters quick and easy.
  3. Cheese, fruit, or veggie platters – Finger foods in between diaper changes and feedings are a perfect way for new moms to fuel their bodies and stay healthy and hydrated.
  4. Sheet pan dinners – Casseroles, beware! There’s a new girl in town, and her name is Sheet Pan Dinner. Grab a pan and Google sheet pan dinner, and soon you’ll be mistaken for Martha Stewart. Your neighbor will be thoroughly impressed, and your kitchen will thank you for staying neat and tidy.
  5. Mason jar salads – Individual salads that can be grabbed straight out of the fridge are not only convenient but super healthy. During times of stress or change, healthy foods help your meal recipient think with more clarity, and they won’t bring on those dreaded sugar crashes.
  6. Pre-prepared meals – Not much of a cook or don’t have a lot of time on your hands, but still want to help? Stop by their favorite drive-thru or pick up an already prepped meal at your grocery store that your friend can pop in the oven at their convenience.

Before You Decide

Asking the meal train recipient questions like, “What are you in the mood for?” or “What meal would you like me to cook?” is considered both respectful and helpful. You should also be sure to identify any allergies or food aversions and make sure you know how many people you’re feeding before deciding what to make. No matter what you bring, the recipient will be truly grateful for your generosity and kindness.

Want to drop off a freezer meal? Read Tips & Tricks for Prepping Freezer Meals.

Meal Train Ideas That Aren't Lasagna


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