Post # 1
I am currently 20 weeks pregnant, and one of my good friends just had a baby a couple weeks ago. She has invited us over to meet the baby but I would like to bring her some stuff. This is my first pregnancy, and I am not sure what I would need after baby is here but I was thinking of making some homecooked meals she can throw in the freezer so she has one less thing to worry about. I was thinking a lasagna, and I’m not sure what else. Anyone have recipes for some stuff that would be easy to pop in the freezer (i.e. casserole etc…). I’m also going to bring her flowers, but I figure the food would be more important and I’d like to bring a few dishes. Any other suggestions are welcome!
Post # 2
mrswannabemomma : something with veggies and protein. While I appreciated all the meals people brought me I got SO MUCH pasta. And pasta is not what a new momma trying to heal her vagina while keeping a newborn alive with her boobs needs. She needs real nutrition. Depending on what she likes I’d put together a chicken casserole, some frozen smoothie bags (so all she has to do is add liquid and blend), or breakfast burritos.
Post # 3
LilliV : I was thinking some stuffed peppers too, and maybe a chilli with loads of veggies?
Post # 4
Rotisserie chicken, bagged salad, loaf of good bread.
Post # 5
SLOBee : I should mention that because I am pregnant myself anything poultry is out of the question, I can’t even smell it without throwing up.
Post # 6
mrswannabemomma : yes! those would be great. And this may seem obvious but write out the heating and serving instructions on the foil so that any half-asleep parent can get dinner together. I also like to call new moms before I head over and say “anything you need right now that I can stop and get for you on my way over?” It’s so hard to get out of the house with a newborn and I’ve had friends ask for all sorts of random stuff from prenatal vitamins, pads, toothpaste, etc. One of my friends sent her husband over with a bag of fresh fruit for me when I was complaining to her about all the pasta my family inundated me with (seriously, I could barely fit it all in the fridge).
Post # 7
Oh yeah, avoid that then! It was one of my favorite meals friends brought when I had a newborn. Hopefully your aversion goes away after birth!
Post # 8
LilliV : That’s a great tip, I will definitely do that! I know her husband goes back to work Monday so it will just be her and the baby next week, so anything that can help, I’d love to in any way I can!
SLOBee : I know it’s such a shame, cause turkey and chicken are my favourite meats, but little one does not want anything to do with them! I’m also hoping it goes away, I even had a chicken flavoured cup of noodles on a flight this weeked (I figured it’s only flavour not actual chicken), and was nauseous the whole day! I love rotisserie chicken too, I really hope this goes away once I have little one.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2018 - City, State
When my BFF was pregnant recently, a couple of friends got together to meal prep a TON of crockpot meals for them. She has a husband who works nights and a young daughter, so being able to have a hot, fresh, nutritious meal on the table with almost no effort meant a lot to her in the beginning after she had her son. Pasta/baked penne/etc and all that is nice, but something with veggies or proteins will also go over well.
Maybe pool your resources and do something like this?
We double-bagged each meal, so the ingredients went in one bag and then a second, slightly larger bag around it contained ingredient list, instructions (ex: “Thaw overnight and dump into crockpot with 2 cups water, stir after 4 hours, serve after 6 hours total”), and a cute little handwritten love note to the mom + baby. She loved it so much she cried, and texted us about it for weeks thereafter whenever she fired up a new baggie.
If your friend doesn’t have a crockpot, you can usually get one at Target for less than 20 bucks, or at Goodwill for like $10.
Post # 10
So I know you said no poultry but someone made me a chicken & rice casserole with beans and cheese…froze well and tasted so amazing, it was just what I needed. Could put some broccoli stems in there too….now I’m getting hungry. You could probably forego the chicken and just make a cheesy rice & veggie casserole with a creamy sauce.
Asian/teriyaki meatballs. Super easy to make and also pairs well with rice (just because it’s not pasta, lol).
Shepherd’s pie? Not sure how well that’d freeze but it doesn’t necessarily have to, since she already has the baby she can start digging into that straight away.
Breakfast muffins? Banana muffins? Something healthy she can grab and pop for a snack?
Drinks? Some iced tea or lemonade (maybe even alcohol? You know her best) just something different from mundane water.
Post # 11
Whatever you do, I would put it into single-serve containers so that she can microwave portions as needed. Baking an entire Frozen casserole for an hour is cumbersome and a full on family dinner may not be in the cards. Also things that can be eaten with one hand. So breakfast or regular burritos, wholemeal muffins, mini quiches or frittatas, small calzones or other Hot Pocket like items, homemade granola bars.
Post # 12
So one of my favorite things that happened as a new mom was when a friend called me up and asked what I wanted on my pizza. She wasn’t coming over. She was just ordering a pizza to be delivered to my house. IT was WONDERFUL because that meant I didn’t have to worry about how sloppy and horrible I looked while entertaining guests in my disaster of a home. She just…sent me a pizza 🙂
ETA: I see a lot of people are mentioning bringing healthy foods and snacks. Honestly…? That’s the last thing I wanted as a new mom. I’d just spent 9 months feeling nauseous, not drinking any alcohol, thinking about every single thing I ingested in relation to my unborn baby. Once that kid was born? It was my time again. Not saying I went to town or anything, but I could finally relax a bit again. Bring on the pasta. Bring on the pizza and fried chicken. Gimme some beer! It was time to treat myself!
Post # 13
Some things I would have love to be gifted as a new mom:
– Big nice water bottle
– gift cards to takeout places or ubereats, etc
– a basket of healthy easy to eat snacks (string cheese, nuts, dried fruit, protein bars)
Post # 14
I wouldn’t go too overboard on the food as not everyone has the freezer space to be storing a week’s worth of meals.
I agree with pp about sending a pizza or some of her other favorite take out.
Post # 15
mrswannabemomma : personally I loved pasta dishes as a new recovering mom, but I love pasta all the time lol. I will love them even more in 2 weeks when I have #2 because I know my toddler will eat pasta.
Here is what is in my freezer for us to eat after baby is born this time around:
– chicken pot pie
– spinach lasagna roll ups
– sloppy joe filling
– 2 meatloafs
– veggie minestrone soup
– zuppa toscana soup
– shredded beef enchiladas
– frozen homemade chickpea burgers
– baked spaghetti
– cauliflower curry
– shepherd’s pie
– shredded pork and chicken that I can just mix with bbq sauce or whatever
– bolognese sauce to go over spaghetti
– annnnd a bucket of something greenish that I have no clue what it is right now 😂
I would also find it helpful if someone brought over like a frozen main + a take and bake baguette + packs of frozen steam in bag veggies so a quick, easy, complete meal is possible.