I have volunteered to cook meals that we will be transporting to a known homeless camp in our city. Do any of you have inexpensive recipes for main dishes and desserts that would feed approx. 40 hungry souls? I would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance. Also, if I make big batches of cookie dough such as chocolate chip or peanut butter how long can the dough be refrigerated unbaked? As you can see, I am a rookie at this, but very motivated to learn.
Casseroles is probably the way to go for the most bang for your buck. Macaroni with meat, spaghetti/tomato sauce. Mac and cheese with ham and broccoli. Ham and cabbage, sheppard's pie type, bean casseroles. If you belong to a warehouse store like BJ's, Sam's or Costco, you can get huge amounts of ground beef at decent prices. Soups maybe in colder weather.
Cookie dough can be frozen, either in balls to be baked later straight from the freezer, or in batches. Also, cookies can be baked ahead if you have a chunk of time, and frozen to use as needed. Brownies might also make a nice dessert on occasion ~ probably a little more expensive, but maybe more filling than a couple of cookies?
Good luck, and thanks for looking out for those that are invisible to so many!
What a nice thing to do!
I am assuming you have checked with the town with this matter? I remember reading that ome areas have really cracked down with feeding homeless guidelines. From there, I will just keep my mouth shut and applaud you!
The first thing that comes to my mind is beans. Ham(bones) and bean soup with trays of cornbread. Hot dog and beans with loaves of bread. We aren't homeless thank goodness and we like those. Maybe you can get a market to donate burger or lunch meat for sloppy joes or cold meat for warmer weather?
I am sure this will be a rewarding experience for you~
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