35 Meal Train Ideas to Help Loved Ones in Need
A meal train is a way for a community of people to bring food to someone in need. Whether you're comforting a friend or supporting a new parent, these meal train ideas can help.
Everyone needs an easy meal. Try this sheet-pan chicken with roasted potatoes for a simple and tasty meal guaranteed to please the whole family. If you use fresh lemon juice, garnish each serving with a little lemon zest for bright flavor. —Andrea Potischman, Menlo Park, California
Once you know what you’re going to cook, check out our meal train tips for help organizing the logistics.
Editor’s tip: Fresh salads (especially ones with protein) are a great meal to bring new parents—they’ll provide some nutrition to help them endure those first few weeks of sleepless nights!
Editor’s tip: Cozy meals like this one are the perfect comforting funeral food and a thoughtful way to express your condolences. Drop it off with a fresh salad to get some greens in the mix, too.
Editor’s tip: When you drop off this meal, send the dressing in a separate container to prevent the lettuce from getting soggy. Consider making one of these quick and easy soup recipes to go with it, too.
Editor’s tip: Provide some rice to round out this meal. Simple white or brown rice will do just fine, or you can make one of these healthy rice recipes.
Editor’s tip: A batch of this Buttery Cornbread is the perfect side dish to pair with this comforting chili.
Editor’s tip: If you want to send over something sweet as well, try one of these easy desserts that have five ingredients or less.
Editor’s tip: These make-ahead salad recipes are the perfect sides for a meal train—they taste even better as they marinate, so you won’t have to worry about soggy salad!