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For Valentine’s Day this year we decided to do something a little different. We are getting a group of friends together and making and serving dinner at the local Ronald McDonald House. For those of you who arent familiar, families can stay at Ronald McDonald Houses while their children are in the hospital. This way families can stay nearby but witout having to pay the same costs one would at a hotel. There’s lots of support, resources, and meals provided at the house. That’s where we come in.
I may have bitten off more than we can chew. Pun intended. I signed up and let friends know about it 3 months ago, now that the date is approaching most have cancelled. wOmp womp. There are now just 6 of us… and we have to feed 60 people!
They suggested we steer clear of pasta and Mexican dishes as these are the most commonly served. Anyone have any idea for meals that are not too complicated to prepare and not too expensive?
We may be able to get some of our produce for free since my dad sells produce to grocery stores, so that definitely helps.. I’m maing a zillion cookies for a “decorate your own cookie activity” so that should be pretty simple for dessert.
I had been thinking of making chicken, cilantro lime rice, mashed potatoes, and salad… I would LOVE some suggestions tho. Either whole meal plans or just single dishes.
Post # 3
@HourThyme: Sloppy Joes. Chili. (Regular, white bean chicken) Chicken and bisquits.
Post # 4
@OnceUponATime: I love love chili and love making it, but they had that once this week.. otherwise for sure I would make it!
Post # 5
I have a feeling these folks will very much appreciate any type of home made meal as they are probably living on fast food and hospital food.
I would do a nice homestyle buffet. Macaroni and cheese, baked chicken, garlic green beans, cinnamon apples, mashed potatoes/gravy, rolls or cornbread, and a nice salad. All of these things are super easy to make!
Post # 6
You’re doing such a great thing! My husbands company did the same last weekend and it was amazing. I’m always baking for them, so they asked me to be in charge of the dessert so I did a “Do it yourself cupcake station” for the kids. Very appreciated. So, this is what we served:
Salad (Cesar and Greek), anti-pasto and garlic bread
Lasagna – vegetarian and beef
Cupcakes with lots of fun decorations for the kids
It was amazing! People were so happy and thankful and the little kids loved the cupcakes. Might have cried a little when no one saw, it was just so heartwarming.
In terms of not serving anything pasta related, what about meatloaf, salad and roasted potatoes? Meatloaf is super simple to make and shouldn’t be too difficult to make for a large group. A cheaper option is to make quiche, you could do a bunch of varieties and serve with different salads. Hope this helps and if you have any questions just give me a shout!
Post # 7
@Schatzie821: Mmmm I like how you think! I might do a different kind of mac n cheese like with chorizo or something, and then LOVE your sides! It’s like thanksgiving! And those things are not crazy expensive! I can prob get the potatos, apples, and salad materials for free! Do you have a recipe for cinnamon apples?
Post # 8
@HourThyme: What about a soup bar? You could hae 4-5 different kinds of soup. Chicken, broccoli cheddar, chili, pasta frigioli, etc. Then maybe different types of breads. Cornbread, bisquits, wheat rolls, white slices.
Or how about breakfast for dinner? Scrambled eggs, bacon, home friends, sausage ang bisquits? Waffles?
Post # 9
Mashed potatos, baked breaded chicken breasts, biscuits, salad are easy for big groups.
Another easy hit is oven baked chicken wings. Then you toss each batch into a different sauce (asian, buffalo, bbq, parmesan garlic) or make a sauce bar with fancy sauces. You can make them ahead of time.
this is a great and easy side, huge hit for big groups: http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/2012/03/parmesan-baked-potato-halves.html
Post # 10
Taste of Home magazine has recipes to feed a crowd…I’d be looking at those.
I would do pulled pork or beef sandwiches, baked macaroni and cheese, vegetables and salad. Pulled pork is a pain to shred, but you can use cheaper cuts of pork and still get great results and get the BBQ sauce from a bulk foods store. You can cook the pork the day before, shred, and heat in BBQ sauce the day of. The mac and cheese you can prepare beforehand, or if you feel overwhelmed by it, you can get the stouffer’s family size trays from the bulk food store and make them too.
I suggest advertising on facebook for additional helpers…let them know you’re need. You might be surprised at who can come out and help you, especially if you mention you only have 6 volunteers.
For BBQ beef instead of pork I’d triple this: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/shredded-bbq-beef-sandwiches
Mac and cheese, I’d double this: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mac–n–cheese-for-a-bunch
Post # 11
I like this idea, all comfort foods. These people are dealing with so much emotional turmoil and I think comfort foods would be amazing.
Post # 12
This one is pretty good: http://www.food.com/recipe/hot-baked-cinnamon-apples-77666
You can add nuts and raisins if you like as well.
You can make it syrupy (like pie filling) or just bake apples and coat with cinnamon and sugar. Best part, if you screw up, just mash them and it’s a yummy hot applesauce!
Post # 13
@eocenia: nice! thats so awesome you did that! I think I will definitely hit you up with questions once i’ve narrowed down the recipe…
I’m a child therapist and my husband is an elementary teacher so this is right up our alley! His nephew was born with a lot of health complications and was frequently hospitalized so my SIL spent some time staying at RMH before he passed away last summer.
We don’t really do a whole lot to celerbrate valentines anyway, one year I spent it at the hospital with a child I was admitting to psychiatric. I think it would be such a fun tradition to start diong things for others on Valentine’s day
Post # 14
@OnceUponATime: Love this idea too! I can take soup in diff crock pots! and make different soup accompaniments!
Post # 15
@orchidblooms: What a great idea! Going on Fb now… 🙂
Post # 16
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (still frozen is fine)
Whipping Cream (pint like little milk, not Cool Whip)
Put chicken breasts in 9×13 pan.
Spead 1-2 tablespoons mustard on each breast.
Pour whipping cream over chicken.
Cover with foil and bake @400 for 30 minutes. (45 min if frozen)
Take off foil and bake for 30 minutes.
This is absolutely delicious my whole family scarfs it down! You could easily increase this for a crowd. I usually serve it with rice and broccoli. This is so awesome of you to do I’m sure the families will really appreciate it! 🙂