VOTE for Food Tidings!!

30 Oct

Hi friends! I have some exciting news that is happening around here…

We just learned that Chase bank is giving away 12 grants to small businesses that are making a difference in the community. Here is how it works. We apply (which we have done), then the voting process goes on until November 15th (we need at least 250 votes through Facebook to even be considered). Then their panel of experts will determine the 12 recipients of the grants, and they will be awarded January 15th, 2014.

We are so excited, and would love to enlist your help. Here’s how you can help.

Help Food Tidings Grow! Vote for Food Tiding’s bid for Chase’s Mission Main Street Grant: 
1. Website: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/search – Search “Food Tidings”
2. Login to FB (they provide access)
3. Click “Vote”
4. Done. Thanks!
-Lisa 🙂

Meal Idea Monday: Baked Chicken With Honey Soy Sauce

21 Oct

My family and I recently started having Shabbat dinner together as a family on Friday evenings. It’s a beautiful way to welcome the Sabbath, and it’s just great family time for us that we look forward to each week.

I have a dear friend who shared this recipe with me, and it’s so easy to make and it’s absolutely DELICIOUS! I have made it three times now (twice for Shabbat and once just because), and each time my kids just gobble it up. Let me tell you, that is a nice feeling! 

This is a beautiful meal to bring someone who is going through a transitional time in their life, so what are you waiting for? Head to the store and get the ingredients! 🙂

BAKED CHICKEN WITH HONEY SOY SAUCE

Recipe adapted from www.chabad.org

4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I get the package from Costco, and that can make two batches of this or I use the whole package and double the marinade when we have friends over)

1/3 cup honey

3 tbs soy sauce

3 tbs mustard

Directions: Mix honey, soy sauce, and mustard together really well in a bowl. Place chicken thighs spread out in greased baking dish, and then pour sauce all over the chicken.

Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Check on it from time to time. Once it’s golden brown, you know it’s ready. If you’re doubling the recipe, it may take a little longer to bake.

The chicken pairs really well with green beans and/or mashed potatoes. I’m all about easy, so I get the already prepared mashed potatoes from Costco, and they’re REALLY good! They’ll think you slaved over the hot stove all day to prepare this wonderful meal!

-Lisa

Meal Idea Monday: Macaroni and Cheese!

16 Sep
Macaroni and Cheese. Image from www.thepioneerwoman.com

Macaroni and Cheese. Image from http://www.thepioneerwoman.com

If you ask me, macaroni and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods…. and sometimes comfort food just hits the spot. Anyone else with me on that?!

This recipe comes from a favorite recipe site of mine, The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond is real, honest, funny, down to earth, and she’s someone I would love to be friends with!

Anyways, here’s the link to the recipe, and I hope you will make this for a friend and bring it to them this week. And if you have someone in your life who could use some sunshine, love and support in the form of meals, set up a Food Tidings for them! I know they would be SO thankful!!

-Lisa

Meal Idea Monday Guest Post: Veggie Lasagna

9 Sep
Veggie Lasagna From The Copycat Kitchen

Veggie Lasagna From The Copycat Kitchen

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s a beautiful, cool, rainy day here… which makes me one happy girl! We welcome the rain here in Arizona. 🙂

Today I have a wonderful guest post for you written by a new friend of mine. Her name is Pauline, and she has a blog called The Copycat Kitchen. I know you will enjoy her meal idea, as well as any others that she brings to our Food Tidings community in the future!  Have a great day, and be someone’s reason to smile today!

Foodtidings.com is an amazing website that my church has been using for years.  I have used it several times to schedule meals for a friend who just had a baby, or another going through an illness.  It blesses me to know that it is blessing them!  I love that foodtidings.com makes it so easy to see what is being brought so that everyone doesn’t bring the same meal!

This recipe is called “Chunky Vegetable Lasagna.”  It’s a meal that everyone likes…who doesn’t like vegetables smothered in cheese?!  It uses 3 different cheeses and a pesto garlic-cream sauce.  Whenever possible I made quick work of the prep work by using my Cuisinart food processor to chop/slice the veggies or grate cheese (all different blades).  This was originally posted on my food blog where I like to recreate healthy versions of everyone’s favorite meals and desserts: www.thecopycatkitchen.com
 Ingredients:

12 uncooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
3 cups broccoli, chopped (I used 3 cups zucchini because I didn’t have broccoli)
3 large carrots, coarsely shredded (about 2 cups)
2 cups tomatoes diced, drained (or 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes drained)
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
3/4 cup Pesto (you can buy in store or make your own easily)
1/4 tsp salt (I use unrefined pink Himalayan sea salt)
1 container Ricotta cheese (15 oz)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (*I like to grate my own in my food processor or by hand because any time you buy grated cheese it contains toxic preservatives and anti-caking agents–all not good for you)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1/8 cup dried)
1 large egg (free range, pastured, organic fed is best!)
3 tbsp butter (never margarine! It is 1 molecule away from being plastic!)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 cups milk (grass fed is best)
3 cups mozzarella cheese (12 oz), shredded (*see above notes about grating your own cheese)

Directions:
1) Cook and drain noodles according to directions.
2) Mix broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, Pesto and salt. (large bowl in picture)
3) Mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley, and egg (medium bowl in picture)
4) Melt butter in 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat. Cook garlic in butter about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is golden brown. Stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY (or it will burn!) until mixture is smooth and bubbly, remove from heat. Stir in milk. Put back on the burner and heat to boiling, again stirring CONSTANTLY (or it will burn!) Boil and stir 1 minute.
5) Heat oven to 350 degrees.
6) Place 3 noodles in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.
Spread half the cheese mixture over noodles.
Top with 3 noodles, spread with half the veggie mixture
Sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
Top with 3 noodles; spread remaining cheese mixture.
Top with 3 noodles; spread evenly the remaining veggie mixture.
Pour milk/butter sauce evenly over the top.
Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
7) Bake uncovered 35-40 min or until hot in center. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting

Makes 8 (big) servings, 540 calories each

Thanks, Managed Mom!

27 Aug

If you haven’t checked out Managed Mom’s blog yet, you totally have to. The author, Rachel, is amazing. She posts awesome stuff over there, she’s humorous, real, and her content is very relevant to most people that I know!

Well, she posted today about Food Tidings! We’re excited that the word continues to get out about our site. Go check out this post, and then browse her site for other great ideas and products.

Have a great evening!

-Lisa

Meal Idea Monday: Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs

26 Aug

Well, it’s that time again- how does Monday keep on happening so quickly? Anyone else feel that way? Lately, time seems to be flying.

I, for one, am ready for the summer to be over here in Arizona. We’re almost through August, so that’s a good thing. But really, it’s not until like Halloween that things start to cool down for us. Halloween is my mental marker… if I can make it to the end of October, I’m golden…. and much cooler! Which I know, to many of you that sounds CRAZY since the cool weather and even cold weather comes WAY before the end of October…. 🙂

Seeing that it’s still summer here, I’m thinking grill still. So, here’s a fabulous meal idea that comes from Annie’s Eats. Love that site! It’s for Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs. She serves them with tzatziki sauce as well, and boy just looking at them is making my mouth water.

I’m bringing dinner to some good friends of ours whose wife is battling cancer, and these may be the answer to my “what in the world will I bring them?” question that I always have just before I bring a dinner. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true! I never know what to bring. Yes, I know- if I’m the one doing all these Meal Idea Mondays, it shouldn’t be a problem right?! True, it shouldn’t be a problem. But alas, I still hem and haw until the day before or even the day of about wanting to bring the “perfect” meal.

The truth is… any meal I bring that I make with love is the perfect meal! I’m telling myself this as much as I’m telling anyone who is reading. Grateful to have written this post to be reminded that it’s not about what you bring, it’s that you’re bringing it at all. It’s the love and support that the food shows when you walk up to the door, knock, hand over the food and give them a great big hug. That right there is what this is all about.

Have a fantastic week.

-Lisa

Welcome Spoonful of Comfort!!

20 Aug

We’re excited to welcome Spoonful of Comfort to our vendors! You can now have homemade chicken soup with a ladle and homemade rolls delivered anywhere in the US from our site!

Here’s the story of how Spoonful of Comfort came to be, from their website.

“In October 2007, I received the phone call from my mother that she had been diagnosed with Lung Cancer.

I was shocked, scared and panicked. The hardest part about hearing the news, was that she lived in New Brunswick Canada and I lived in Florida. More difficult still, I had just returned the day before from a trip visiting her. With two young children in school, I couldn’t just turn around and go back.

I was so upset and felt helpless being so far away. I needed to “Do Something”. I looked into sending flowers or fruit, but nothing seemed appropriate. I wanted to show her how much I cared, and in some way comfort her.

I immediately thought of chicken soup – it’s what she (like many mothers) used to make to comfort me. And the idea for Spoonful of Comfort was born.

Just six weeks later, I lost my mother.

During her final weeks she got lots of soup and other comforts from many of her 11 siblings and close friends. She never had the opportunity to try my soup.

I immediately thought of chicken soup- it’s what she used to make to comfort me.

However, in her honor, it is my goal to help others with sick loved ones.  It is my promise to make and deliver a Spoonful of Comfort to your loved ones with as much care as if I were sending it to my own mother. They’ll feel better and so will you.  Whether you have an ailing mother, a child away at college with the flu, or a grandchild with an ear infection, Spoonful of Comfort can help you show that you care with gourmet gift baskets.”

I believe Spoonful of Comfort is a wonderful addition to our list of available products to be delivered. Their products are made with love, and know that they will bring comfort to those who receive them. Who wouldn’t want to have homemade chicken soup delivered to their door? I know I would LOVE it!

-Lisa

Meal Idea Monday: Mom’s Chicken Salad Sandwiches

19 Aug
Mom's Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Image from www.sixsistersstuff.com

Mom’s Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Image from http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

Happy Monday! I have a wonderful meal idea for you today, and I got it from the wonderful Six Sister’s Stuff. This website is AMAZING!!! Be prepared to have a blast searching through so many amazing recipes, as well as many great project ideas too!

Mom’s Chicken Salad Sandwiches is today’s meal idea, and boy does it look delicious! I just had chicken salad lettuce wraps this weekend, and I had forgotten how yummy chicken salad is.

I pinned this recipe to our Pinterest Boards as well. Be sure to follow our boards, and get some awesome recipes and many other great ways to make helping others even more fun.

Have a wonderful week, and be someone’s reason to smile! 🙂

-Lisa

Upgraded Security

9 Aug

Hi friends! Just to let you know, we’ve upgraded our security with our search function. When someone goes to our site and searches for a schedule, they’ll now be required to request to participate. This is a very good thing, as it keeps the personal information of the recipient safe.

So you can rest easy with using Food Tidings, knowing that the information on our site is not available to just anyone. They must be invited by someone or approved by the organizer to be invited. 🙂

-Lisa

Never Forgotten…

6 Aug

Two years ago today, 31 members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force lost their lives in Afghanistan. They made the ultimate sacrifice, and we honor them today and everyday.

Two years ago, loved ones of those 31 lost were left behind. Loved ones who continue on in this life, continuing to make sacrifices with their significant others gone. Their life didn’t stop, it goes on.

I think we often forget about this piece of things. These women and men are amazing. hard working, and so courageous. They keep on keeping on, even on the hardest of days.

They are leaving a legacy for their children, and their children’s children… and that is a beautiful thing.

Today, if you know someone who lost a loved one- it doesn’t even have to be someone who was in the military… call them. Tell them you love them, and share a treasured story with them about the loved one that has passed on. Tell them how much they meant to you, and how much you mean to them. Bring them a pretty flower, a nice meal, a gift card, take them out for coffee, and share a smile with them. A hug.

If it’s been a while since that loved one has passed away, think about getting together several close friends and setting up a  Food Tidings meal schedule for them. You could invite those our of town family members as well, and they can have a meal delivered to them through Food Tidings.

I guarantee that the loss is still so hard and they could use support and love even now. Possibly even now more than ever. Now that the close relatives are back in their own hometowns, life continues to go on for many, and it may feel lonely.

Help them to know they are not alone. I know that we can all do this for someone in our lives, so this is my encouragement for you to make that call, send that text, set up that meal schedule, write that card, ring that doorbell, make that meal… and brighten their day.

-Lisa

Here’s a beautiful video honoring those who lost their lives in August 6, 2011 as well as their significant others… take a few minutes and watch it.