Post # 1
I think I asked this before when our friends were having their baby but I’m looking for some fresh ideas (and I’m too lazy to search for the other thread).
FBIL & FSIL are due to have their baby any day now and naturally I’d like to make a few dishes for them. I’m going to do the special delivery chicken (which, btw, is pretty delish even if you’re not bringing home a new baby!) but I’m thinking I’ll probably do 1 or 2 more dishes as well. I’m sure FMIL will be making a lasagna and/or ziti so I’d like to stay away from Italian if at all possible. Any suggestions for dinners that will freeze well and that new mom can eat (she’s BFing)?
Post # 3
When I was cooking for my friend 6 wks after she had her baby, I made a big pot of chili and froze it in single-serving containers (glass, because you want to watch out for BPA in plastics). That worked really well.
Post # 4
Also, this is really sweet of you to do. 🙂
Post # 5
What about a beef stew or hearty soup? You can take it over with a loaf of french bread, and leftovers can be portioned out and frozen pretty easily.
Post # 6
If she’s BFng, nothing spicey! Beans will also give the baby gas, so something more bland is probably better. Chicken and dumplings? Any good casseroles you make? Potroast and veggies is always good too.
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestions. I think I want to stay away from soups and chilis though. It’s been upwards of 100 degrees here the last few days so I don’t imagine either one of them will want anything to do with that! Great suggestion for fall or winter though!
Post # 8
Not sure if you consider this a “cold weather” item, but chicken pot pies are delish and freeze great.
I’ve used this recipe before for friends:
Post # 9
Enchiladas freeze well
How about a sausage, onion, and pepper rice dish? Like a jambalaya http://www.zatarains.com/ makes a good rice box.
Since its so warm, giving them something fresh would be great too to eat righ away such as a fruit salad.
egg dishes like fritattas, quiches, stratas freeze well too
Post # 10
If they like meatloaf, that’s really easy to freeze. You mix it up, press it into a loaf pan, then take it out and wrap it up and freeze it. You could also marinate some chicken and then freeze it.
Post # 11
Ok, how about pasta salad? It doesn’t freeze, but it will keep in the fridge for several days.
Post # 12
Pancakes! Not really a dinner food, but I freeze left over pancakes all the time. Then pop them in the toaster.
Post # 13
What about a chicken salad with some croissants? My aunt made her famous one recently for my brother and SIL when they had my niece. It would be a good sandwich, go to when they need to eat something fast.
Post # 14
Let me clarify, I don’t have a problem with hot meals (casseroles and what not), I just think soup/chili may not be as appreciated right now since they’ll be sweltering in their barely air conditioned home.
I like the fruit and pasta salad suggestions. I also make a mean meatloaf!
@lefeymw: I made enchilads for our friends when they had their baby so maybe I’ll do that again. Seemed like a crowd pleaser!
@pinky44: That sounds good. Maybe I’ll try that, too!
Post # 15
@brox: Good thinking!
@tranquility: I never thought about putting them in the toaster. Learn something new everyday! 🙂
Post # 16
you could also make some really nice burgers, they freeze extremely well, can be bbqed or just heated in microwave/ pan.