I have a kid friend (13) who loves to cook but has pretty much considered herself topped out at french toast. Her younger sister's going through serious chemo/radiation treatments three hours away (with Mom away too) so she's/the family's often eating whatever nice neighbors have brought or her Dad brings home for easy re-heat. They whole family is lovely and appreciative for absolutely everything that shows up, but I would like to expand my friend's cooking repertoire/comfort level when she cooks at my house and give her glowing reviews when she cooks for the family.
I am specifically looking for things she could prepare with me and reheat and/or cook at home for her family.
The family seems to have very unspicy palates and may be historically mid-western in their likes. My friend likes to experiment and try new things her sibs don't appreciate.
We made pot stickers together (though I had to rechop most of her veggies) and the pot stickers were a big hit both here and at home. But now I'm looking for something she could make at my house and later make at hers. (This means no fine dicing, for now.)
Her family avoids cow-based dairy and I don't know how much meat they eat. (I do know that I'm a pretty lame meat cook.)
Suggestions on what we ought to make for our next cooking adventure? We are generally limited to an hour or so for cooking but I am happy to shop (and chop, if needed) to make delectable happen.
Thank you soooo much for any and all ideas you might share!!