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Speaking from experience there is nothing someone who’s just had a baby appreciates more than a couple of weeks of no cooking. Each time I’ve had a baby my friends and family have rallied around and brought me meals so that I didn’t have to cook for my family. If you know of a friend who’s about to become a new mom, here are some meals for new Mom.
Tips and Tricks
- Create an account at Meal Baby or somewhere similar and invite other friends to bring them a meal.
- Consider that spicy foods and particularly gassy foods like broccoli are not great for nursing Moms and should be avoided.
- Try and make meals for freezer or at least something that can last a couple of days in case their fridge is already full.
- Try to avoid obvious meals that everyone make bring like pasta bake so that there’s some variety.
- Always make two batches of the meal; one for the new Mom and one for your family.
- Give them containers you don’t want back or throwaway containers. The last thing a new Mom needs is to remember to give back empty food containers.
- If you have extra time include cookies, or homemade laundry detergent or even a small gift like Light Sabers or Bracelets for the other kids so they feel special too. I always keep Baked Items in my freezer for this kind of occasion so I’m not scrambling at the last minute.
Here are 5 new mom meals that are easy to make, inexpensive and different than the normal so that you’ll know no-one else will duplicate.
1) Shepherd’s Pie.
I’m English and when it comes to food there’s only one type of food that comes to mind when I think comfort food. One dish that I make if I really need some cheering up. For this little British girl there’s only one thing I want to put in my oven when fall hits: Shepherd’s Pie. It’s a meal all in one and the best part? My (fussy) Hubs loves it too!
- 2# ground turkey or beef
- 1 cup of carrots
- 1 cup of peas
- 1 packet brown gravy
- Salt and pepper
- 5 large potatoes
- 1 TBS butter
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (any kind)
1 cup of spinach blended. Yup I added this and you couldn’t tell!
- Brown meat slightly and add to foil pan.
- Mix the gravy.
- Mix in vegetables, 1/2 of the brown gravy.
- Make mashed potatoes with potatoes, milk and butter and add to the top of the meat mix.
- Use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on the top.
- Cook at 350 for about 30 minutes or don’t cook it and take it ready to go in their fridge.
- Remove and add the cheese before cooking for another 5 minutes until the cheese bubbles.
Serve alone or with bread. Add gravy to taste.
NOTE: Due to the mashed potatoes in this, this meal doesn’t freeze.
2) Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread.
- 2 rolls of bread dough
- Package of wheat spaghetti
- Jar of pasta sauce
- Customize as you would spaghetti: I added mushrooms and chopped spinach
- 2 TBS ground garlic + 2 TBS oregano + 2 TBS parmesan cheese
- 1 egg (for making herbs stick. Not necessary)
- 2 cups of grated cheese
Notes: Add meatballs or other items. Even my uber fussy Hubs ate the spinach as you can’t taste it! Fresh basil would also taste great!
1) Defrost bread according to directions.
2) Cook the spaghetti.
4) Add a little flour to your surface and roll the dough out fairly thin. I made it almost as large as a 9×13 cookie sheet.
5) Transfer each roll to a greased cookie sheet. Add spaghetti mix down the middle of each bread.
6) Cut small slits all the way around the bread then break the outside of the dough but don’t go into the spaghetti.
7) Add a cup of cheese down the middle of the roll.
8) Start at one end and fold each slit over the whole roll like you’re forming a braid. It is tricky but don’t pay too much attention to it as it will look pretty even loosely done.
9) Once you’ve done the whole roll, add the egg and then the herb mixture.
10) Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.
11) This Spaghetti-Stuffed Garlic Bread is awesome, easy, frugal and now you’ve got one to give-away!!
NOTE: This freezes really well and I advice making a few of them and placing them in your freezer. Don’t cook it. Simply do steps 1-9 and wrap in saran wrap and then place in your freezer.
3) Chicken and Rice Casserole.
This is my Mother-in-Law’s favorite meal to take to a new Mom.
- 1 cup regular rice, uncooked
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of celery soup
- 1 pkg Lipton onion soup (dry)
- Chicken parts, cut up
- Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
- Mix rice, chicken soup and celery soup and place in pan.
- Place chicken pieces on top of soup/rice mixture.
- Sprinkle onion soup over chicken.
- Seal pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake 350 for 2 hours.
- Takes about 5 minutes prep – grab it and go.
- Just add salad or veggie and rolls.
4) Chelsea’s Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
- 15 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed
- 1 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2.5 cups shredded pepperjack cheese
- 20 oz enchilada sauce
- Fajita size flour tortillas
- Mix beans, chili powder, cumin, and salt in a bowl.
- Slightly mash the beans and add 1.5 cups of cheese.
- Add 1 cup of enchilada sauce and mix thoroughly.
- Spread 1/4 cup sauce in a 13×9 baking dish.
- Assembly: Brush one side of tortilla with sauce. Spoon 1/4 cup of mixture in the center of tortilla on the sauce side and roll up. Place seam side down in the dish. Pour remaining sauce over top of enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
NOTE: This one is perfect to freeze. Instead of cooking the whole thing, freeze the pan of enchiladas without the sauce and cheese on top so the tortillas don’t get mushy. Place the extra sauce and cheese in separate freezer baggies attached to the pan.
5) Sally’s Breakfast Casserole.
I don’t know about you but my Hubby loves breakfast for dinner and when you get a bunch of pasta dishes as a new Mom it’s nice to get something different which is why I thought Sally’s casserole would be perfect.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spray or grease a two-quart casserole dish with cooking oil.
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoned salt (or, to taste)
- 3/4 stick butter or margarine
- 2 cups shredded hash brown potatoes (thawed)
- 1/4 cup (or less) chopped onion
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Beat eggs, yogurt, and salt together.
- Melt butter and lightly sauté onion. Add thawed potatoes. Stir to mix.
- Pour in egg mixture and lightly stir to blend ingredients.
- Pour into casserole dish. Sprinkle grated cheese over casserole.
- Bake at 350° for approximately 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean when inserted.
- Cut into 8 squares.
What about you? What’s your favorite meal to take to a new Mom? What was your favorite meal to receive as a new Mom?
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