Quick & Easy Meals for New Moms

by Andrea Cooley

new mom meal taco boxWhen Adam and I were first married it seemed like we went to a wedding every month. Now instead of weddings to celebrate, it seems like everyone is having babies!

One of my favorite things to do when a friend has a baby is to bring them a meal. I know how hard it is to cook during the first few weeks with a new baby, and I also know how starving you are–especially if you’re nursing. I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes to take new families. (Usually I try to double whatever I make so we can eat the same thing!)

Before bringing a meal, make sure to ask if there is anything that the new mom is cutting out of her diet. If the mom is nursing, she may be cutting or limiting dairy and in my experience beans and broccoli were two things that made the baby gassy.

You can’t go wrong with a pan of enchiladas (either chicken or beef), a bag of chips, and some salsa. The best part is, they can throw it in the freezer if they want and eat it later.

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (Iowa Girl Eats)
This is a staple in our house, especially in the winter. You can throw it together in 5 minutes (I don’t even thaw out the chicken breasts first) and it’s ready to eat in 6-8 hours. If you have an extra crockpot (or don’t need yours for a few days) just take the whole crockpot to your friend’s house and it’s ready for them to eat. Again, just add chips and salsa and you’re good to go!

Pulled Pork
3-4 lb pork shoulder or pork loin
1 bottle liquid smoke
2 cups apple cider
1/8 cup kosher salt (or rock salt)

Combine everything in the crockpot for 6-8 hours on low. Shred the meat before eating and serve on rolls with your favorite BBQ sauce.

Chicken Pasta Salad
This is one of my favorite things to make in the summer. I usually start with a box of Italian pasta salad mix and add chicken, tomatoes, green peppers, and cheese. It’s easy to customize and it’s great served cold.

no bake energy bitesNo-Bake Energy Bites
I realized the other day that I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding for the last 3+ years. I think I’ve had some form of these energy bites (or as Adam calls them “peanut butter balls”) in the refrigerator for most of that time. They are awesome for breast-feeding mama’s because they are full of flax seed and oatmeal and they are easy to eat when you don’t have time.

What are your favorite meals to make for friends with new babies?

top image: Espresso & Cream

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