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Meal Idea for a Friend in Need

It’s really weird when you think about it. Being in need doesn’t have to mean a disaster has befallen you. A helping hand is just as needed when your world is spilling over with joy, like when you have a new baby or move into a new house, as when your life is contracting, like during a death in your family or surgery.

Even though these events represent two sides of the coin of life, they all are times when grocery shopping and meal prep can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. That’s when friends can swoop in to the rescue.

Nothing says “I love you” like a home cooked meal. Most people default to lasagna or baked ziti when taking a meal to someone, but why not ditch the red sauce and really wow them? A well planned meal shows you’re a lover and a thinker.

Meal Idea for a Friend in Need | Nothing says love like food, and in desperate times and overwhelmingly joyful times these easy and yummy recipes will be welcomed.| Meal Plan |  Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

You can pick and choose between the following recipes or be a rockstar and make them all. I personally like to provide enough food for lunches and leftovers. I also always like to supplement with a salad kit and cut-up fruit. It’s a luxury to have that healthy freshness without any of the chopping.

And this isn’t all about giving, if you double the recipes you’ll have your own meal preparation done for days. Give a little, get a little.

Main Meal

If you want to really floor them with some some real comfort food they would never be expecting, these Easy Oven-Baked Cheeseburger Sliders are just the ticket. The emphasis here is on the “easy.”

Crave some tavern goodness without the drive? Make Easy Oven-Baked Cheeseburger Sliders! Perfect for a party OR a busy weeknight! This recipe is the best. | Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms


Another option is this Zucchini and Ground Turkey Cheesy Casserole. It’s filling, but with a healthy freshness you don’t often find in casseroles. This is also a great one if you think they might have to stick it in the freezer.

Zucchini and Ground Turkey Cheesy Casserole | This a healthy, yet hearty, casserole recipe using zucchini and ground turkey. It's delicious, easy, and freezes well. What more could you want? | Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms


Main Meal for Picky Eaters/Side Dish/Lunch

Forget politics, here’s the real eternal debate: is mac and cheese a main dish or a side dish? The world may never know, but many picky eaters sure do love it. If a household has kids, I like to include some helpings of Mom’s Best Macaroni and Cheese.

Macaroni and Cheese FB


Side Dish

Think pasta salad is only for summer? Try Balsamic-Mustard Vinaigrette Pasta Salad and think again! The mustard and olives in the dressing provide a tang and depth of flavor that makes it perfect for any season. It also makes a perfect lunch. Your friend will enjoy snacking on this rather than a bag of chips or cookies.

Looking for a side dish with a remarkable depth of flavor? Balsamic-Mustard Vinaigrette Pasta Salad is it! The mustard and olives provide the unique tang that gets this recipe rave reviews. This is a pasta salad that can be served all year round. | Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

The Sweet Stuff

Be it good times or bad times, there’s always room for brownies and these Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Bites more than fit the bill. Don’t fret about having time for these though; they’re easy to make too. Being a champion isn’t always hard work.

Yummy Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Bites


I can’t name the number of times my friends have taken care of me, so I jump at every chance to pay it forward. If this helps you spread the love, then my work on the internet is done for today.

What is your go-to dish to take to someone?



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Turkey Burgers Are Sexy

This is for those times when your burger reminds you of . . . a catalog bound for the recycling bin.

Need some summer meal ideas? Check out these tasty turkey burgers! Delicious AND healthy recipe! Great for a party! Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

Erin: This is the time of year when my meal plan can safely be described as something akin to Hunter/Gather. “Forage anything edible from the fridge” seems a perfectly reasonable solution to the daily dinner question once I have taken my parenting poolside. So you can imagine my joy when my sister made these incredible turkey burgers for us at the beach. Not only did I get a delicious meal, but I now have a new summer meal plan: Grill tons of these turkey burgers. Repeat. ALL. SUMMER. LONG.

Ellen: Not to sound skeptical, but turkey burgers can be hard to do. They can get dried out.

Erin: Exactly! A lot of turkey burgers remind me of a Pottery Barn catalog . . .

Ellen: Why so specific? Why Pottery Barn over say, Ann Taylor?

Erin: I guess it’s the texture.

Ellen: Like a sisal rug?

Erin: Yeah! And also kinda like you’re supposed to like Pottery Barn, but it really isn’t all that. You know, like turkey burgers are supposed to be all sexy because they are healthy for you, but they taste like doormats. But not my sister’s, they definitely fall into the sexy category.

Ellen: On that note, behold Karen’s sexy, non-periodical tasting, amazing turkey burgers.

Sexiest, Most Delicious Turkey Burgers

 Sexiest, Most Delicious Turkey Burgers


One pound lean ground turkey

4-6 white/cremini mushrooms (you can be creative here and use your favorite but you will need about 3 ounces) *diced very very fine

1/2 small white, yellow or red onion *diced very, very fine

2 Tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce


Dice the mushrooms very, very fine.

Dice the onions very, very fine. You can go so far as to mince the onion but don't try to mince mushrooms. They get weird and pasty if you do that. If you haven't guessed, the dicing is the key to this recipe. You really want to infuse the flavor of the onion and the mushroom without making them take center stage. Their job here is mainly to help moisten the turkey burger AND give it full fat flavor and texture without the full fat of regular beef. If you are confused about the difference between mincing and dicing, mincing makes less uniform, smaller, more irregularly shaped pieces while dicing produces more uniform little cubes between 1/8 and 1/4 inch. Need a visual? Check out the great picture on this site.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl with your hands.

Pat into 4 patties. Unlike beef, you don't need to worry about over-handling because of all of the good stuff you added to the mix. Mix, pat, and you are good to go.

Cook over medium high heat, 4-5 minutes per side, until thoroughly cooked through. These are really great fried up in a cast-iron skillet, so if you have one of those, give that cooking method a try.


These are so delicious they are worth every second dicing and mincing. They will also help you fit into the bathing suits you bought at the beginning of the season by the end of it.

Special thanks to Erin’s sister Karen and brother-in-law Dan for cooking up a special turkey burger recipe that is the perfect combination of delicious and good-for-our-“bottom”-lines. It’s easy and inexpensive too. Enjoy!


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