Meals: as a first time mom on a tight budget…what would be most helpful?

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: As a first time new mom on a tight budget which would be the most helpful?
    Two takeout meals brought over to the house on different nights : (0 votes)
    2 freezer meals (chili, BBQ chicken etc) and some easy to prepare groceries (see details below) : (14 votes)
    88 %
    set up a MealTrain and then deliver a meal or two on specific nights : (1 votes)
    6 %
    A few groceries brought over one time along with a ready to eat meal : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Other (please comment below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    Member
    2429 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I preferred freezer meals after I had my daughter.  I prepped a ton before I had her so I was ready to go.  I always wanted things that were easy to microwave or throw in the crock pot.  Timing wise it was probably the hardest 3-4 weeks in.  I had a bunch of visitors the first week or two and people willing to bring food but a few weeks in my freezer meals started to dwindle and my husband was back at work so I was having to cook dinner while still getting used to taking care of my newborn, it was a little trickier then when people were there to hold her.

    Post # 3
    Hostess
    15072 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    There are a few casseroles that can be prepared and frozen uncooked, I would go with one or a few of those. Then they can throw it in the oven when they wish and have a fresh hot meal without the work. I’ve sent these to a few people and they love them. 

     

    My favorite : 

    Hamburger loose fried (1 1/2 lbs) 

    Sliced potatoes peeled (8 med or two bags presliced) 

    Two cans French green beans

    Can Campbell’s cream of onion combine in a bowl with Can cream of celery 

    Half a small onion diced

    Salt &pepper 

     

    Start with potatoes and layer, potatoes, green beans, hamburger, onion (just sprinkle over the hamburger), potatoes, then soup to cover, salt and pepper, then start another layer with green beans.  

     

    Post # 4
    Member
    1618 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    For me preparing meals was hardest after all the hoopla died down, maybe a few weeks after DD was born. In the beginning we had a lot of people bringing food, but then they moved on with life. Also, I found with newborn schedules it’s really hard to prepare anything, so I would bring her something already made and ready to eat. My DD slept a lot, but only if we held her, so between that, nursing, and a little playtime, I didn’t have time to make anything. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    2225 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1987

    Don’t make anything ultra hot and spicy.  If the new mum is breastfeeding the baby can have an upset stomach from the spices.

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