Compassion cooking

Here are recipes offered by our readers in response to the question: What’s your go-to recipe to take to a family when they have lost a loved one?

See also: Food to take to sad families


1lb. ground round
1 chopped onion
1 envelope dried onion soup mix
1 bottle V8 vegetable juice
1 12 oz. package frozen vegetables
1 can tomatoes, diced
1 potato, chopped

Brown meat and onion. Stir in onion soup mix. Add V8, frozen vegetables, diced tomatoes, and chopped potato.

Cook until potato is soft (about an hour). This recipe will store in the refrigerator for a while, or can be frozen for another time.

Ann Low Reego


Makes one 9 x 13 pan or two to three 8 x 8 pans


2-4 cans of chicken
2-4 boxes Stove Top Stuffing (Savory Herb is very good)
1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or chicken and herbs soup
1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup (or substitute cream of mushroom)
1 cup or 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
½ cup milk
1 can (14.5 ounces) chicken broth or use equivalent from cooked chicken
1 package dried onion soup packet or 1 small onion, diced
¼ cup mayonnaise

Optional ingredients
1 can Veg-All mixed vegetables
1 can (11 ounces) mexicorn
1 small can (8.25 ounces) sliced carrots
1 small can (8 ounces) French-cut green beans
1 small can (8.5 ounces) Lima beans
1 red bell pepper, diced

2 tablespoons butter, melted
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, stuffing, and canned soups. Add evaporated milk, milk, and broth. Mix well.

Add dried onion soup packet (or diced small onion), mayonnaise, and remaining vegetables (optional). Mix well and pour mixture over chicken and stuffing in pan(s).

Poke holes to make sure mixture goes all the way to the bottom of the pan(s). Combine remaining box of stuffing mix and melted butter and pour over top. Salt and pepper to taste.

Bake 1 to 1.5 hours or until it bubbles in the center.

Karla Spence Kurtz

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