There is something in the water lately! Several of my friends have become new parents within the last few weeks. I’ve made many the meal to bring my new parent friends. Bringing a meal is something simple I can do as a friend so that no one has to worry what to make when they’ve been taking care of their new baby all day. Plus, it makes my heart so happy to do something nice.
Some of the recipes I’m sharing today are my own, and some are ones that I have brought in the past. I think any of these dishes are great for any situation where someone doesn’t have time to cook. Enjoy!
While I wouldn’t recommend a side of “zoodles”, you can double up a batch of these meatballs; half for dinner/leftovers, and half to be frozen for a future meal. Bring a box of pasta, and sauce, and the new parents have quite a meal!
I love this recipe! A bit of orzo goes a lonnnng way, ya’ll. Sometimes I take the Chicken and Zucchini Meatballs and add feta for a few to add as a side to this orzo.
3. Baked Ziti [The Pioneer Woman]
I made this for Kari last week. Oh my lawd….this smelled so ah-mazing, you guys. This recipe serves twelve. Make the entire recipe and let the new mom and dad, freeze the rest. Or enjoy leftovers all week. Whatev.
4. White Garlic Stuffed Shells [Supper for a Steal]
Lane is a new momma who shared this recipe before her little one arrived. I couldn’t wait to make this one for a friend.
This is such an easy recipe to make. And again, more than half can be frozen for future meals. Throw this chicken over a salad, pizza, wraps, etc. Oooh, as I type this, maybe even a pasta dish? Really, the possibilities are endless!
6. Pasta e Fagioli [Can You Stay For Dinner]
This is so comforting, and so good.
6. Egg Muffins
As much as everyone always talks about bringing dinner, don’t forget breakfast! All you have to do is google, or pin “egg muffins” to find approximately 3,245,333 varieties.
8. Breakfast Sandwiches [North Carolina Charm]
A few weeks back, I also asked on my Facebook page what others brought to new parents, and I received a ton of great suggestions!
- Pre-cooked, individual chicken breasts to be frozen
- A variety of frozen meals from Trader Joe’s
- French toast casserole
- Taco makings
I have another group of friends due Spring 2015, and am always looking for new ideas. What are your favorite meals that you make for friends who have babies or are going through hard times?