My dear friend and coworker is having her third baby, and this third trimester has been a little tough. After worrying about her for a few weeks now, I decided that the one thing that I could do to help ease her last few weeks is cook. She doesn’t like to cook, and if I handle dinner, she’ll have one less thing to worry about.
My philosophy is when it comes to dinner – it is just as easy to make two as one. So I helped my brother and I out for this week and made a double batch – one to keep and one for my friend.
Our menu this week is honey soy glazed pork loin and Arkansas Green Beans. Both dishes came together in less than an hour and a half – not bad for a Monday night’s work.
Giving meals away to friends and coworkers is great, but trying to return baking dishes is the worst. I almost always grab a couple of disposable aluminum pans from the grocery store. These are a great way to bake and transport. Most of the time the aluminum is a little flimsy, so I will insulate them by putting them on a baking sheet in the oven. I’ve also tried the “bake-safe” plastic containers, but I don’t trust baking in plastic.
For packing this meal, I cooked all the green beans in the disposable 13″x9″ pan (that came with a lid!), then I removed half of the batch to keep. Since the flavors of the pork and green beans are similar, I just put the pork loin in that pan with the sauce in a plastic container. That way, to reheat she only has to remove the sauce and cover with foil in the oven. Easy-peasy.
What are some of your best ways to transport meals for friends, family and potlucks?