Recipe Ideas for Relief Workers

I really need some recipes for 25 to 30 people for breakfast, lunch (bag) and dinner. A group from our church is going down to Mississippi for a week to help out Katrina victims. We need ideas for preparing meals for the workers. They will be in a facility that has a kitchen. Any ideas will be most appreciated and God will surely bless you.

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Judy from Birmingham, AL

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August 8, 20060 found this helpful

HI, I'M FROM THE COAST AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. IT'S BEEN A YEAR BUT STILL NEED HELP. PLEASE HELP THE OLDER PEOPLE WITH THERE YARDS, IT'S SO HOT HERE AND THEY CAN'T GET OUT TO DO IT THEMSELVES.

TRY CASSEROLES MADE OF SAUSAGE,EGGS AND FROZEN HASH BROWNS. THEY CAN BE PREPARED THE NITE BEFORE AND POPED IN THE OVEN THE NEXT MORNING FOR 45 MIN.

TAKE A THICK SLICE OF BREAD SUCH AS FRENCH BREAD AND LAY A SLICE OF HAM AND CHEESE ON IT AND POP IN OVEN WHILE YOU SCRAMBLE EGGS, ADD JUICE AND COFFEE AND OUT THE DOOR YOU GO

MAKE BREAKFAST PIZZAS,THESE ARE SIMPLE AND THE KIDS LOVE IT.

BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS YOU,BARBARA

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August 8, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you for your support.

Pasta is always good. Inexpensive and versatile. Boil up a pot of spaghetti (for example) and add any available canned goods (chili, beans, mushrooms, corn, tomatoes, almost anything). Throw in some easy spices if you like.

If eggs are available, try scrambled eggs wrapped with tortillas. Also, mix in available canned goods or vegetables. Easy "hand food".

Ingredients are easy and non-perishable.

Good luck and God bless.

.jax

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check out reicpes online for baked oatmeal. its kind of like oatmeal cookie/bread pudding. filling and sweet which is what most people like.

a sandwich buffet to chose their fillings would be good.

pasta salad and potato salad, sliced tomatoes, cold salads like cucumbers and onions are always filling and cooling.

i've always like buffet style to feed crowds. taco bars, baked potato bars, pasta bars with two or more sauces to choose from, beans and cornbread with the fixins like onions, cheese, and jalapeno peppers. good luck and God bless

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Strata recipes are very good for breakfast. The night before, in a 9 X 13 greased casserole dish:

6 pieces of bread, torn apart

6 eggs

2 c milk

1 c shredded cheese

2 Tbs prepared mustard

green pepper

onion, minced

1/2 c cooked sausage or bacon

salt and pepper

Bake the next morning in a 9 x 15 in pan at 350 for 1/2 hour or until a knife comes out clean when poked in about 2 inches from the center. Let stand at room temp for 10 minutes before serving.

This should serve 12-15 people

Add a fruit salad, rolls. coffee, juice and milk. Sausage or bacon can be added as a side.

OR the night before:

6 eggs

6 piece of bread, torn

2 c milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 c brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

Bake as above and serve warm with maple syrup with same sides.

You can always serve scrambled eggs, topped with gooey, melty cheese!! (use 30 eggs for 15 people) and I always cook bacon in the oven, on cookie sheets....20-25 minutes, turning after 15 minutes and then draining on paper towels or newspaper with a paper towel on top for sanitary purposes. Toast or cinnamon rolls or biscuits, jam and jelly (homemade if you can find it)

God bless you in what you do to serve!!!

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August 8, 20060 found this helpful

When traveling with 200 marching band members easy and quick meals were needed. All kinds of wraps were favorites, and baked potatoes with all the toppings were favorites. After baking pack in coolers (no ice) and have onions, cheeses, chili, bacon bits, ranch dressing and anything else you can think of. Very easy.

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I have been packing my husband's lunch this last few weeks, and he is a mail carrier, here in Ohio. We have been in the clutches of the midwest heat wave and he has had very much luck with the bag lunches when I include a bottle of frozen water AND a frozen juice. Just make sure that there is about an inch of head space, freeze the night before, nice and solid, and pop those in the lunch and it stays nice and cool. I think it would be best if they did not use just a paper bag, but a plastic one, such as a store brand zip lock for the juice and water. Condensation will be a factor, but the frozen liquid will be essential for the workers. Don't worry, it all melts by lunch.

His favorite lunch is light baloney, beef, etc

a slice of cheese, and mustard sandwich

chips

sealed cookie or maybe commercial, sealed rice krispie treat

apple or a cup of fruit (don't forget a spoon with cup of fruit)

the frozen water and juice

Again, God bless your venture. I would love to be there with you, but tomorrow, I will become a grandma, again!!! Another boy (that makes three)!!! My beautiful daughter, wonderful son in law and precious 2 year old grandson will need me for a few weeks.

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August 8, 20060 found this helpful

Potato Salad (serves 50)

12 lbs. potatoes (peeled or not, cooked & chopped)

1 pint mayonnaise

1 T. vinegar

8 stalks of celery (chopped)

12 boiled eggs (peeled & chopped)

1 T. prepared mustard

1 pint chopped sweet pickle (can use dill pickles)

Makes 3 gallons of potato salad.

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August 8, 20060 found this helpful

Orange Date Bars

12 ozs. butter (at room temperature)

1 lb. granulated sugar

6 eggs

14 ozs. brown sugar (packed)

1 T. orange extract

2 T. grated orange rind

1/2 oz. baking powder

1 t. salt

18 ozs. chopped dates

1 oz. powdered sugar

1 1/2 c. orange juice

18 ozs. all purpose flour

Cream butter, sugar & orange extract on medium speed with mixer till light & fluffy. Add eggs, orange juice & rind. Beat on high speed for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients with chopped dates so pieces are coated well. Pour flour coated dates into egg mixture. Mix well. Spread batter in a greased sheet pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool slightly, sift powdered sugar over cookie bars while still warm. Cut each pan of cookies into 12 bars across & 9 bars lengthwise. Serves: 96.

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Recently members of our church went to an outdoors play, with a meal beforehand. They each took items for a salad, making a very large salad bar. I didn't go, but I heard it was a very nice salad bar, with just about anything you could have imagined on it. This might work for your group. Have a big salad for one of your meals. Remember to have some type of protein, for energy, for your workers. This could come in forms of beans, meat, or eggs.

If nothing else, have a huge pot of soup, serve with crackers & maybe a small lettuce & tomato salad.

Best of luck, I'll try to come up with more recipes for you.

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There are several great websites that cater to this. Just put'Cooking for a Crowd' or 'Bulk Cooking' into your search engine.

I tried it and it came up with many different sites, and recipes for breakfast, lunch and a main meal.

Ellie.

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I am from the coast also and would love to say thank you. I really don't have any recipe but just wanted to say thanks. The kindness and generosity of others has been so overwhelming.

Beverly

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Pancakes can be made in an oven. Grease, then cover the bottom of a baking pan with pancake batter, bake at 350 for 30 minutes, cut into squares. Experiment with the baking times as I don't have the recipe in front of me.

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This may work for Breakfast.

OMELETS IN A BAG

Have guests write their name on a quart-size freezer bag with permanent marker.

Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the bag (not more than 2) shake to combine them . Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc. Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake,

Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up. Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook

6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.

Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and a great conversation piece.

Enjoy, it's easy, convenient and delicious....

Good luck & Safe Journey!!

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August 9, 20060 found this helpful

No recipe ideas here either, just a multitude of thanks. Once our own supplies ran out and until the stores got reopened after Katrina, we lived off of MREs and Red Cross cold sandwich packs. But, I'm also from the Coast and just wanted to express my thanks to you and your group. We live in the Jackson County area and though our neighborhood on the Gulf is bouncing back, there is still so much need elsewhere ... especially in Hancock County ... and if it were not for the volunteers that have come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from everywhere across the U.S. and some even from other countries, we would not have made it this far. There are so many people still living in shock from this, especially in Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis, that you'll find many areas look like they did right after Katrina. God bless you all for coming to help.

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