10 Easy Meals to Make for Newly Adoptive Families

March 24, 2016 | Posted In Featured | Share

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We’re all about equipping loving and encouraging communities to surround adoptive families with the support they need to thrive.

There are plenty of simple, practical ways you can join us in caring for children. In fact, we wrote a free book about those ways to help you out even more.

One great way to show love to an adoptive family is to bake them a hot meal. After welcoming a new member (or even members) into a household, it may take some time to figure out a new schedule or adjust to a new routine. With that in mind, it can be a little tricky to plan meals or find time to prepare home cooked food

Sharing food has always been a way to show love to others, and it’s a great way to make the life of a newly adoptive family a little bit easier.

Here are 10 easy dishes to make and share with an adoptive family.

Crustless Quiche:

This recipe for crustless quiche is a perfect option for breakfast or brunch—plus, it’s a great way to sneak in a serving of vegetables! You’ll want to set aside about 40 minutes for preparation and cooking time, but overall this dish is very easy to assemble.

Chicken Enchiladas:

A wonderful recipe for feeding an entire family, these enchiladas are sure to please all kinds of palettes. With a quick preparation and around 30 minutes of baking time, this meal is convenient to make and offers a lot of flexibility in terms of filling and toppings.

Crockpot Red Lentil Curry:

Not only are these lentils a healthy option, but they’re inexpensive and easy to prepare. What’s more, they’ll make for great leftovers later on!

Mexican Sausage and Cornbread Strata:

This is a terrific casserole that lets you assemble everything the night before and pop it in the oven the following morning. This dish is truly versatile enough to be enjoyed at any time of day, not just during breakfast hours.

Baked Ziti:

Baked ziti is easy to make, and also convenient to take. Plus, it can be eaten immediately, or frozen and spread out over several meals. There’s really no way to lose with warm pasta and melted cheese!

Black Bean Taco Soup:

This soup is an awesome comfort food that requires minimal preparation. There’s a good chance you already have several of the ingredients stocked in your pantry — like corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes. And this recipe even freezes well, too!

Classic Vegetable Lasagna:

Lasagna is a wonderful choice if you’re looking to feed a family for several days rather than just a single meal. You can choose between using store bought or homemade sauce. Either way, we’re confident this will turn out tasting awesome.

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole:

This recipe is a bit more ambitious than others on the list, but it’s worth the effort if you decide to tackle it. The creator suggests serving it warm, and maybe even including a slice of bread on the side.

Mexican Quinoa:

Another amazing quinoa recipe, this Mexican-inspired meal can be prepared using only one pot. Feel free to serve these grains by themselves, or use them as a filling for a wrap or burrito.

Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole:

This is Martha Stewart’s take on a classic tuna casserole: a favorite recipe she manages to keep simple enough for anyone to achieve! With just ten ingredients and only three directions listed, this one is sure to be a winner.

Choosing to adopt is an incredible, life-changing decision. As with any exciting change, however, it’s not always easy. Adoptive families need support from family, friends, and neighbors as they step into this new season of life — and what an amazing way to show you care by offering to nourish them. 

Do you know a family who has been through the adoption process that you could prepare a meal for? Or do you have a great recipe you’d love to pass along? If so, feel free to share with us in the comments section below!

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