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Old 05-25-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! I am taking 2 days worth of meals to my friend who's a new mama thursday. Everything I can come come up with that isnt spicy or broccoli (she's breastfeeding) is more of winter-weather food. Suggestions? Ideas? What was your favorite meal, side or dessert that a friend brought after you had your babies?

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Old 05-25-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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I couldn't have anything with too much cheese or DD would get super gassy. I would make baked penne in a marinara (sp?) sauce with just a touch of parmesean cheese for a crust. That with buttery french bread !
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:44 PM   #3
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Fajitas or burritos for the freezer - nice b/c they can be heated up individually rather than having to cook a whole casserole, yk? I would also do something like brownies or cookies (or even a few rolls of homemade cookie dough) that can be frozen and taken out for individual treats.

Quiche or frittata - can be eaten warm or cold, good for breakfast lunch or dinner, and freezes well.

Pasta salad and some pre-made hamburgers and buns - the pasta salad wouldn't freeze but would last a few days until they have time to grill or cook the burgers

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Re: Looking for meal ideas for new mama

Anything with lots of veggies, I know I ate tons of processed crap since that's all I had time to make back then!
I would vote for something that reheats well, without a lot of work. Maybe a brothy soup, or a shepherd's pie-type casserole. I'm sure anything will be appreciated though
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Shepards pie, chicken pot pie, muffins, trail mix for snacking, homemade soups with oyster crackers, any kind of crockpot chicken, fruit salad, veggy platter with dip to snack on.
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My mom had brought me a couple meals...
A ham with scalloped potatoes, veggies and salad
A beef roast with pasta
Also veggie trays were really good too for snackies.

I loved it because she would bring one over and it would last us quite a few nights then bring the other ones over.
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I made Lasagna for my SIL that recently had a baby. Precooked so they could heat the whole thing or piece by piece. I also took Garlic bread and salad. It went over well. When they were in the hospital (they had an extended stay at the NICU) I took chicken and rice over.

Pizza is always convenient too.
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grill a few types of meats, some warm and cold sides and a fruit salad. They can just heat and eat. Chicken kabob leftovers make delicious sandwiches or burritos.
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Re: Looking for meal ideas for new mama

This isn't a meal per se, but how about granola bars? I felt like I was always nursing in the beginning and didn't really even have time to sit for a proper meal. I like "good for you" things that I could eat one handed. Also I enjoyed breakfast sandwiches. I had made a few ham, egg and cheese sandwiches on english muffins and then froze them. Defrost in the microwave for a minute and cook for a minute. They were tasty and had quite a bit of protein.
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A couple of weeks ago another mama on here posted this and I thought this was a great idea! I happened to copy and paste it, and modified it just a bit, so that I would have it for later. If you wanted to do this you could, obviously, just add anything else you wanted to it, like a dessert, etc.

I'm about to do "recovery meals" for four mamas. I'll buy....

4 whole fryer chickens, 4 small pouches of instant potatoes, 4 bags of frozen peas, 2 bags of wide noodles, 2 bags of frozen sliced carrots, 1 pack of celery, and 1 box of saltines (with 4 sleeves of crackers inside), chicken bullion cubes.

Then at home I'll divide the noodles into four 1-quart Ziploc bags, wash and slice the celery, and divide the carrots and celery into four 1-quart Ziploc bags.

Then I'll pack each family a bag with a frozen chicken, 1 pouch potatoes, 1 bag peas, 1 bag noodles, 1 bag carrots and celery, and 1 sleeve of saltines and a bullion cube.

Lastly, I'll attach the following tag...

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Here’s something to help you as you get back on your feet!

You’ll find in this bag…

1 whole chicken
1 chicken bullion cube
1 bag instant potatoes
1 bag frozen peas
1 Ziploc bag wide noodles
1 Ziploc bag sliced carrots & celery
1 sleeve saltine crackers

Day One
Put the frozen chicken in a crock pot in the morning (or bake on 350 for 1-1/2 hours).
Add 1 cup water and sprinkle with seasoning salt & pepper.
Cook all day on low.
30 minutes before dinner, prepare potatoes and steam peas.
Serve white meat chicken with veggies.
Save remaining meat for the second day.

Day Two
30 minutes before dinner make 8 cups of chicken broth.
Bring broth to a boil over medium heat.
Add noodles, leftover chicken, and veggies and boil 10 minutes.
When the noodles and veggies are tender turn the off heat.
Serve with crackers.

These recipes assume that you have a crock pot and chicken broth on hand. If not, contact me for alternate instructions!

Name (phone number)

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You could also do this and keep one of the four "sets" of food for your own family! (oh and the alternate instructions are to bake the chicken in the oven instead, and then I just bring them chicken broth if they don't have it)
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