One of the moms from my book club recently had twins. Between recovering from giving birth, taking care of two newborns, tending to her older daughter and oh yeah, don’t forget her husband and the house, I know it’s been an exhausting and overwhelming few weeks…and it’s just starting!
To help our mommy pal out our book club organized a meal train. I had never heard of a meal train before, but I love its purpose.
A meal train is organized meal giving. For example if someone is ill, elderly or has a new baby (or two!), caring friends, family, co-workers, neighbors or pretty much anyone who wants to show their excitement or compassion prepares and brings a meal to the family in need on an assigned day. These are “drop off” ready meals – ones that the family can either pop in the oven to reheat or just stick in a fork in and start eating.
Taking into consideration my friend’s family dietary restrictions/preferences, I settled on making a spinach lasagna since I know it can freeze well if they decide they don’t want to eat it that day. It’s also easy to prepare so I could double up on ingredients and stash a lasagna in my own freezer for a tasty homemade meal to reheat in less than an hour on a crazy weeknight.
I think the secret to making a great pasta meal — whether its spaghetti, lasagna or ravioli — is that is has to have a great sauce. Being Italian I’ll admit that I’m pretty good at making #SundaySauce. It’s so good that it’s been known to be called “perfect” by my close friends and family.