Newborns are so many things: a delight, precious jewels, adorable kiss-bugs, and the greatest joy parents have ever known. But, alas, they are also exhausting and require a great deal of work. In the early weeks, it can be a challenge to keep up with routine household tasks. That's why new parents often are in need of quick meals and easy recipe ideas. Anything that lightens the load and nourishes their own needs is a godsend.
So whether you have just welcomed home a newborn baby and are looking for easy meals to make or whether you are looking to bring a meal to a newly grown family, consider some of the following meal suggestions. Fast, easy, healthful, and filling, these ideas will help sustain the new parents as they adjust to life with a new baby.
Casseroles are great meals because they often are filling and provide for several servings. To make life simple, look for casserole recipes that can be prepared ahead of time or frozen before baking. Just move from freezer to the oven and you're all set.
Quick and Easy Crock Pot Cooking
I am a huge fan of crock pot cooking. Simply toss in the ingredients as you have time in the morning, put on the lid, and basically ignore it until your belly growls in the evening. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Oh but wait! It can! Clean up is a snap when you use slow cooker liners. You can rig your own with aluminum foil or purchase liners like Reynolds Wrap Slow Cooker Liners. Liners help simplfy cleaning up after meals.
Comforting Soups and Stews
There is something about soups and stews that have them hit the right spot. You can go with a traditional comforting soup like chicken noodle or opt for a hearty bean soup backed with protein.
Many soups can be prepped ahead of time or frozen in individual serving containers for quick meals. Serve with a healthy, grain bread or light salad, you've got the perfect lunch.
Grab-and-Go Finger Foods
Another great idea is to prepare trays of healthy finger foods to be munched on during the day. Particularly nursing mothers who find their hands frequently occupied may appreciate snagging a plate of food that she can enjoy when sitting down to breastfeed. Cubes of luncheon meats and cheeses and tasty fresh fruits and veggies make a tasty, convenient lunch. Such snacks help mothers avoid the tendancy to grab other, less nutritious foods.