Ministry Meal: Meatballs with marinara on Focaccia, salad, banana bread

This looks like a bunch of random food on my table, but it’s really a ministry meal for a friend in need. I heard through the grapevine she’d fallen and hit her head on a rock. Tragically, she could not drive, work or sit in front of a computer screen and read (now I’d really be in trouble). Thankfully, she’s back on her feet this week.

When I received this call, I had no need for panic and I didn’t have to run for the border (Taco Bell). I knew I had plenty of food in my freezer to create a nice meal. I included the following in her goody bag: 2 dozen meatballs, pesto freezer focaccia, freezer marinara, freezer banana bread, tossed green salad and Parmesan cheese. I wrote the directions with a sharpie on the focaccia bread bag: Heat meatballs in marinara and broil/toast sliced focaccia. Top with meatballs and sauce and cheese. Enjoy.

Because I freezer cook and prepare a lot of items in bulk, like the bread, meatballs and marinara, I always have extra meals stowed away. I don’t panic or take extra time to make something just for the cause or run by a fast food restaurant.

How about you? Do you have a “go to” ministry meal you can make in bulk and have on hand for friends or family in need. There are additional ideas on the “no cook” ministry meals category. We’d love to know if you have an easy, delicious recipe to stow in our freezer. Feel free to link up a recipe in the comments below.

What’s your favorite freezer meal to give away or minister to someone in need?


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  1. Hi Jackie,

    I’m enjoying exploring your site! I recently learned of a family in need in my area (a newly-widowed father of 4 young kids,) and I’m getting a lot of great ideas and inspiration from your posts for meals to share. Thanks a bunch for sharing your ideas and making them easy to follow. What a blessing you are to those whom you share the meals with! :)


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