5 Ideas for Feeding the Missionaries That Won’t Break the Bank

5 ideas for feeding the missionaries that won't break the bank

Here you are again. Tonight you’re feeding the missionaries, but for some reason the only thing you can think of is pizza. Trust me, those elders/sisters don’t want pizza. These poor kids get fed casserole after casserole and my heart is breaking for them. They don’t need a seven-course meal, but they do deserve something different!

Worried about time? Money? Don’t fret! I’ve compiled a list of five quick and inexpensive dinner ideas that your missionaries are sure to gobble up. Enjoy!

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Breakfast for Dinner

Pancakes courtesy of unsplash.com.

This was my absolute favorite when I was a missionary. Waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, you can’t go wrong! If you want to kick it up a notch, you could attempt an omelet, crepes, or french toast. Most of the menu items can be customized by the missionary, so it’s a great dinner for a picky eater. Having juices and fruit makes for a healthier meal that they are going to appreciate (even if they don’t say so).

Cafe Rio CopyCat

If you aren’t in the state of Utah, there’s a good chance your missionaries are missing Cafe Rio. The internet has blessed us with many copycat recipes that you’re sure to love. Once again, if you set out the ingredients, the missionaries can choose exactly how to assemble their meal. I loved having options when I was at a member meal.

Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash
Spaghetti squash courtesy of confessionsofafitfoodie.com.

Whoa. This sounds fancy. Trust me, it’s way easy. Missionaries get fed spaghetti a lot, but using the squash puts a great twist on the classic! The meal is healthier and just as simple. You can also use it in lasagna for a dinner you’ll find yourself making again soon.


Ribs, chicken or pulled pork with a side of baked beans is life-changing. I love how easy barbeque can be. Have a crockpot? Sure you do. Chuck it in there and forget about it. Dinner is served. Make some yummy mashed potatoes or corn on the cob for an easy side!

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Their Choice

sister missionaries walking
Sister missionaries courtesy of churchofjesuschrist.org

Here’s an idea: grab your phone and text the missionaries! I absolutely loved when we got a text from the members asking what we would like to eat. This also gave me a chance to mention the fact that I’m lactose-intolerant and despise tomatoes. Try reaching out and asking what cravings they might have.

Finally, know that missionaries are going to be grateful for anything you put on the table. If pizza is all you can do, order that pizza. These kids are so happy to be invited into your homes for a meal. Anything you provide is a blessing. Thank you for being willing to feed the elders and sisters!

What other recipes did you love eating on your mission? What do you like feeding the missionaries? We would love to hear in the comments below!

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Brooklyn Gittins is an enthusiastic member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has written for food and lifestyle blogs but is currently sharpening her skills as a writing intern for Third Hour. She enjoys spending time with her husband, petting dogs, and eating buttered noodles.