Food For The Shelter

Yesterday was a very big cooking day for me.  I started early because the shelter serves their main meal at lunch time. When I dropped food off a few days ago, they gave me a case of stale bagels which someone donated.  They didn't know what to do with them and hoped I could transform them into something.
 I stockpile ground meat when I see it on sale and this was a perfect way to use it.  I made a big pot of this.  I don't know what to call it but the shelter guys named these 'little peppers'.  They said they taste like stuffed peppers on a bun. They have a habit of naming all of my food.

 I sauteed onions, garlic and lots of green peppers, added the beef and Italian spices.  Then I added tomato paste and sauce and some beef flavoring.  And black olives.

 I topped each bagel half with the beef mixture and covered them with provolone and mozzarella then baked them for 25  minutes.


 I also made them BBQ'd chicken.


 First I baked the legs.

 Then dipped them in some BBQ sauce I made and baked them some more.

 When they were done baking, I dipped them in more sauce.

Then loaded up the car and delivered them.  The guys were really happy when I showed up.

Comments

Laurie said…
I have no doubt in my mind they were over the moon when you show up.I would bet there is no shelter any where that serves food like what you make, you are a National Treasure, you wonderful woman you!Such care and thought you put in their meals, it always seemed to me that he homeless almost become the invisible people, because no one wants to know about their situation, the way you take such care it shows how people should be treated, with respect, not just throw stale bagels at them, you turn the inferior food that some think is good enough into delicious gourmet fare, you are a good egg you are, (thats what my Grandmother would say),
Dee said…
I would be happy if you showed up at my house with this food too - maybe not so much tho. The fellows are lucky to have you.
Man, what a great feast! You are becoming the wizardess of transforming stale bread into delectable meals . . . yes, indeed, you are working MAGICK at the shelter.
Craig said…
An excellent use of the bagels there - it looks delicious, as does the chicken.
Brilliant work for a great cause - well done!
"little peppers" I like it. They have faith in you!
I'm not surprised that they are happy when You turn up with delicious food like that! I would shout of joy :-)

I think I'll do something similar to what You've done with the bagels, I have some bolognese left and why not use that and make some warm sandwiches :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.
You are a wonderful woman!!! I sure bet the men folk look forward to you arriving.
The chicken with sauce looks yummy
Love Leanne
My first though was "sloppy Joe's" and they look delicious! After reading your post I thought of "open faced sloppy bagels" ~ how delicious!

You are a blessing!
Nellie said…
What a wonderful service you are providing for the shelter!
Barb said…
It is fun the way the guys name your food. They must love to see you come!
Well, heavens to Betsy, I would be pleased as punch to see you show up too!!! It all looks just delicious!! YOU are just the neatest person, Joyce!!! I am always telling people about you! :)
Eilis said…
I can imagine they were very happy to see you. The food looks so delicious. I'm sure they have enjoyed it !!
Michelle said…
You are doing such a wonderful thing.
Suzanne said…
I am going to start calling you "The Shelter Angel". The food you make for the shelter could be sold at any restaurant! So yummy
Payin' it forward to the MAX! You are so generous and thoughtful. The shelter is very fortunate to have you help out with meals to feed an army! How long will this adventure of good will towards the less fortunate continue? Well, you are a blessing and an inspiration to all.
Payin' it forward to the MAX! You are so generous and thoughtful. The shelter is very fortunate to have you help out with meals to feed an army! How long will this adventure of good will towards the less fortunate continue? Well, you are a blessing and an inspiration to all.
luckybunny said…
All I can think is your vehicle must smell AMAZING! :) That's a lot of food, a lot of work, and I imagine a whole lot of very happy tummies and people :)