Do you know someone who is sick that could use a meal dropped at the door?
We've known a number of people over the past few months who fit this description, some who - Praise God! - have already begun healing and others who are very much in need of prayers.
Thus, I've had my children helping me to wash and chop vegetables and cook up chilis, soups, stews, and other dishes to share.
I will warn you that this recipe has a lot more ingredients than many others do and is a bit labor-intensive with all the washing, peeling, and chopping of vegetables. So, it definitely makes a good Sunday service / Work of Mercy project rather than a quick weeknight help. That said, it is chock full of nutrition and wonderfully tasty, so don't let the long list of ingredients and extra prep time scare you away from it.
Further, I want to suggest that, if you are short on time, you simply whip up you favorite easy soup recipe, because most soups make a wonderfully nutritious, warming, and flexible meal to share.
If brought over hot, soups can be enjoyed right away.
If the recipient is not up to eating or has been gifted ample food by others, soups can be refrigerated or frozen, then, portioned out and reheated easily on stovetop or in a microwave.
Most soups are forgiving, too. So you can add and drop ingredients according to availability, taste, food intolerances/allergies, etc.
Oh, and speaking of intolerances and allergies, I often ask about those before making meals to door-drop, and, if I don't have a chance to do so, I typically will avoid ingredients that tend to be common allergens. So, for example, in the soup below, I would not add the corn. (In fact, in one of the batches we made, we purposefully left out the corn due to the family allergies.)
Similarly, because some folks are vegetarian or vegan, unless I know everyone in a family is a meater, I tend to make vegan options that meat and/or dairy can be added to. (So, for example, I cooked chicken, onion, and herbs separately when cooking up our 10-Vegetable soup and, then, packaged it in another container and wrote a note that suggested that family meat-lovers might like to add the chicken to the soup or eat it on its own.)
Oil-Free 10+ Vegetable (Chicken) Soup to Boost Immunity!
1 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 poblano pepper, seeded, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ teaspoons white pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 15-ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes (or 2 28-ounce cans)
4 cups water (or veggie broth or chicken stock)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 cup frozen green peas
Add in before serving, if desired:
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice