This is the first of a couple posts I have planned about food for new moms (I'm defining "new mom" as having a "new baby," since these tips apply to moms of one baby or five). Both what to bring to a friend or family member and easy things to whip up as a new mom.
Today, we're kicking things off with what to bring to a new mom. Before we get into specific recipes, a few general rules:
Bring simple dishes. Dishes with as few ingredients as possible so there's a less likely chance you'll be up against food allergies or distaste for a strange ingredient. Think casseroles, pizza, soups, pastas, etc.
Bring cooked meals. Not to say that bringing a bottle of wine or a package of delicious cookies is a bad idea (I would never say that in a million years), but don't bring anything that the new parents have to fuss with or prepare themselves.
Throwaway dishes. Bake in aluminum pans (I find them cheap in the baking aisle of my grocery store), bring plastic silverware, paper plates, and such. The last thing a new mom needs is extra dishes she'll need to remember to wash and then return in a timely fashion.
It doesn't have to be homemade. A deli tray, a fruit/veggie platter, a take-out pizza, a favorite meal that the third trimester heartburn wouldn't let her enjoy (I wanted Chipotle for a week after my son was born). Just because it was easy for you, doesn't mean it's any less thoughtful.
Bring a salad, fruit, chopped up veggies. Too much heavy, comfort food can get a little old, so prepare a salad, chop up some veggies or fruit, etc.
Drop and run. One of the kindest things anyone did for me after I had my son was bring us a meal and then hit the road. My friend brought a fully cooked meal, set it up for me, insisted I sit right where I was, hugged me, snuggled Kyle, and then left. She was there maybe a half hour. Long enough to show she cared but not so long that I needed to entertain her. I still love that gesture so much.
Suggested recipes, if you DO want to cook:
These delicious brownies from our very own Elisabeth
(Photo from thepioneerwoman.com)
Do you have any additional tips or specific recipes to share? Leave them in the comments!