September 16, 2019
One of the BEST gifts you can give a tired new parent (like the ones seen above gripping their coffees like their lives depend on it!!) is a delicious meal. Whether it’s delivered to their door or prepared right there in their kitchen while they snooze with the baby, it’s a gesture of kindness and consideration that goes a looooong way. Obviously, wait until everyone’s up for visitors–but once you get the green light, it is seriously something those deliriously tired new parents won’t ever forget. Not having to worry about what you’re going to feed yourself when you’re on hour 93 of sleep deprivation is. the. best. I’ve listed a couple of easy meals for new parents (and my friends and fam have already been on it–they’re the best!) that are healthy, delicious, and a few that freeze really well if you’re prepping in advance.
Wild Game Lasagna
(Photo from Honest Food)
Depending on the season, lasagna is the ULTIMATE comfort food! It’s a true labor-of-love dish that, if brought frozen for the new parents to heat and eat later, is going to make them feel all the love and alllll the cheesy, wild-game warm fuzzies. My favorite lasagna recipe that features wild game and is super good frozen is adapted from Honest Food–but the TLDR (too long, didn’t read) version is below! If you plan to freeze this dish for the ultimate comfort food prepped and ready to go later, make sure this cools 100% before wrapping and freezing it; similarly, write on the foil covering the lasagna that it needs to thaw completely after being frozen, and baked with the foil on for 30 minutes at 350, then foil off for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.
Pre-Marinated Meats for Grilling
You can make an ENTIRE meal around quality, well-seasoned and treated meat. Some of my favorites for prepping/freezing and then getting it ready to throw on the grill are:
Amazingly Easy Salad
Bringing new parents fresh food when they’ve likely been living off of carbs and coffee is a game-changer. Depending on the season, bring them a delicious salad that features berries and feta in the spring and summer, or a delicious pear and goat cheese salad in the fall and winter. If you think they’ll wait to eat the salad, don’t put it all together at once: bring the spring mix, kale, or spinach and all topping accoutrements separately. I remember craaaaving fresh greens after I had Leni, so this would’ve been perfect for us!
Chopped/Sliced Fresh Fruit
When I had Leni, along with craving salad, I was always reaching for fresh fruit: but it was January, sooooo…we made do with what we could find! It was a HUGE blessing and help to have sliced fruits and vegetables to snack on amidst the amazing cakes and comfort food items. After all, I was nursing AND trying to eat healthy food for my girl and myself. It makes recovery and beyond SO much better–and chances are, no one else will think to bring fruit and veggies to the new parents, so you’ll probably be their new favorite. NBD. If you wanted to be reeeeeal fancy, you can set up a charcuterie board for them with some great tips I wrote about here!
What’s your go-to when making a meal for someone else? What’s your biggest post-baby craving (moms AND dads)?! Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be back with lots more soon!
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