Have you ever delivered crockpot meals to others? My family eats crockpot meals all the time, but I never thought about bringing crockpot meals to someone. I always think of meat and vegetable meals or casseroles.
Ok a little confession…I usually want to run when someone comes looking for me to sign up for a meal. Not that I don’t want to serve but because I know the dinner evening hour is my busiest time of day. Not only am I getting dinner ready for my own family, but our nights our fairly busy with activities and teens working; add to that we live about 20 to 30 minutes away from our friends and church family. So trying to orchestrate getting the meal delivered usually puts me over the edge.
This past week brought about some different medical needs to our church family. After reading an email from my friend, I responded with don’t worry about dinner I will stop by with some Chicken Tortellini Soup. I knew I had one hour after lunch that I could get to her house and put the soup in her crockpot. Then no matter what time she returned from the hospital, dinner was waiting for her.
While I was standing in her kitchen, the Lord began a work in my heart. I didn’t have to be the best cook, serve the meal exactly at 5:30pm or have some great words of encouragement to offer. I simply could show up with a crockpot meal and prayers in my heart.
He just knocked all of my excuses right out of my head.
Recipe for Chicken Tortellini Soup
1 onion diced ¾ bag of small baby carrots or ¾ bag of shredded carrots
3 stalks of celery diced
1 box of chicken broth
2 to 3 chicken breasts cubed or diced
3 cups of water
2 bags of frozen tortellini or 1 large bag of dry tortellini
Place all the ingredients in the crockpot, except the tortellini. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 6 hours.
If cooking on low about an hour before serving move to high setting. About 30 minutes later place tortellini in crockpot and let cook about 30 minutes.
If cooking on high place tortellini in 30 minutes before serving.
For Gluten Free families use GF pasta instead of the tortellini.
To deliver just bring the meal in a pot or container ready to be dumped into their crockpot.
Then I brainstormed 4 crockpot meals I could delivery in the morning hours.
Next up, dealing with my blank thoughts when I really want to offer words of encouragement. I asked a couple of my friends their favorite scripture verses. Then I created these cards.
All I have to do is print and leave it next to the crockpot.
I thought these were cute embellished dinner note cards.
I even found a crockpot devotion about spending time with God.
I may need to pick up some extra crockpots, just in case some of my friends don’t have a crockpot, but I think I might have to make it a requirement to be my friend.