Delivering meals to new moms is a tradition that most of us appreciated. As we continue to support our friends and neighbors with this custom, sometimes we get stumped on what to bring. Or, if you are like me, sometimes you completely forget that you signed up to deliver a meal until the day of, or even (gulp) the hour before delivery. Other times, you feel the need to do something a little different. Below are suggestions that any new mom will appreciate, no matter which approach you choose.
1. The Traditional Meal: Pasta
The most loved dish to bring a new mom is a pasta dish. They are easy and inexpensive to make, loved by most, and easy to freeze. Help a mother out and leave your beloved Pyrex dish at home so she doesn’t have to clean it and get it back to you. Instead, transfer the pasta dish into a disposable aluminum baking dish that you can find at the grocery store. Then she can easily reheat it in the oven! Baked ziti, stuffed shells, and lasagna are the most popular comfort food dishes. Throw in a bagged salad and a fresh baguette and you are good to go.
2. The “Oops, I Forgot That was Today” Meal
I discovered this chicken casserole a while back and I make it for every new mom meal. It is delicious and beyond easy as long as you have time to get to the grocery store. Take the meat off of one rotisserie chicken. Microwave two bags of any flavor of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice for 90 seconds. Combine rice and chicken with one can of cream of chicken.
Voilà! If you really want to kick it up a notch, sauté vegetables like onions and peppers to add to the mix. Once again, make sure to take it in a disposable aluminum pan.
3. Healthy Snacks for the Family
Sometimes moms have a freezer full of dinners, but need quick and healthy snacks for her and the kids throughout the day. In disposable containers, wash and cut a variety of vegetables and fruits such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapes. Add a few kid-friendly dips and the snacks are ready. Additionally, make or buy a variety of healthy mini-muffins like bran, blueberry, or banana. Granola and trail mix also make healthy snacks — just make sure to ask about any nut allergies!
4. Date Night for New Parents
This is an idea for a good friend or someone you know is covered for dinners and you want to do something a little different. Pack a bottle of wine, a light-hearted movie, a bag of popcorn, and a little bottle of foot lotion. These are the perfect ingredients for an exhausted couple to spend the night on the couch together.