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Meals For New Parents

New Parent Meal Ideas - LasagnaHaving a new baby takes it toll on new parents. Feeding yourself often becomes an after thought. The convenience of delivery & TV dinners often out weighs the importance of a good healthy meal.

Comfort foods for new parents:
  • Lasagna - A full dish can last up to a week - leftovers!
  • Soup/Stew - Make a full pot and add some fresh bread. Should be good for a few days.
  • Mac n Cheese - Baked a dish of Mac n cheese with some diced up honey ham. Another option, add some peas!
  • Baked Spaghetti - Use a vegetable-based meat to help the left overs last longer in the fridge!
  • Pancakes - Freeze or refrigerate the left overs. Pop them in the microwave and you have an instant breakfast!
  • Chili - Make a big pot of chili. It can be a meal on its own or you can have it with a sandwich or crackers. Great for left overs.

If you are gifting food to new parents:
  • Bring a complete meal, with protein, starch and veggie, so they don't need to worry about supplementing your meal.
  • Bring a meal, or at least a protein, that can be stretched out across a couple meals, like a casserole or whole chicken.
  • Most importantly, find out if the family has any food allergies. Most new parents will be grateful for a free meal they didn't' have to cook, but it's another thing when they're allergic to cheese and you give them enchiladas.
  • Try to bring something different than everyone else. If you can, coordinate with the others so the new mom doesn't get 4 mushroom soup casseroles.
  • The easiest way to make a meal for your friend is to double meal you're making for your own family. Box up theirs immediately and refrigerate.
  • Use disposable trays and containers, so new parents don't have to remember who gave them the meal in the Pyrex casserole dish.
  • Label everything with contents, date and heating instructions. Add your name and number, just in case they have a question.

More tips for cooking your own meals:
  • Pick something that can be refrigerated or frozen and reheated later without an issue!
  • Prepare a few of your favorite dishes before the baby is born, put them in the freezer and forget about them. They will come in handy when you least expect it.

For more new parent favorites, check out our new parents gift ideas guide.