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Good food to bring to new parents?

  • c

Close friends are at the hospital in labor, and expect to bring their new bundle of joy home in the next few days. I'd like to bring over some food for them and the hordes of family and well-wishers that will soon descend on them.

New daddy is Italian, and any sauce I might make will never be up to his and his family's standards, so that also rules out ziti, lasagna, etc. and anything else that would rely heavily on a good tomato sauce.

I wasn't raised with casseroles (dad was a meat and potatoes man) so I don't really have much of that sort of food in my repertoire. I'm looking primarily for one-dish meals that will reheat well. Cold dishes that could keep for a few days without getting unpalatable would also be good. And I'm sure that they would be happy to have something frozen to defrost later when the initial flood of food gets eaten.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Being the mother of a new baby myself, I can tell you what we greatly appreciated: homemade macaroni and cheese, roast chicken, nice green salads, soup (if it's not too hot outside!), chili...pretty much anything that can be eaten for lunch or dinner in various combinations and doesn't take much effort to reheat or serve!

    I can tell you that your friends will appreciate you SO much. This is the best gift you can give them!

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      Caitlin Wheeler

      I find that risotto makes lovely leftovers -- it can be reheated or eaten cold. Roast beef or pork may also be nice, as it is good cold and can be made into sandwiches, etc. Nothing too spicy if the mother is breastfeeding -- spicy foods can upset baby's stomach, so I would stay away from things like chili.

      1. I've cooked for several families with newborns, including my own, and have a couple of suggestions. Often, not always, onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage or other leafy greens as well as different things for different people cause gas which you and I dont necessarily feel, but the baby, through breastfeeding will. Try to cook relatively bland food, but not untasty food. Dairy can sometimes be a problem as well.

        Some things that have worked well in the past are mashed potatoes, sweet and regular, meatloaf or turkeyloaf, macaroni and cheese, simple roast chicken, cous-cous with sauteed or steamed veggies, poached or baked salmon with dill sauce.
        Jake

        Link: http://www.nycooks.com

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        1. re: jake pine

          Great suggestions from all, keep them coming. You folks are giving me some great ideas!

          I feel like such a goober for not coming up with meatloaf and mac and cheese on my own! Oh well, I'm pregnant as well and my mind isn't what it used to be ;-)

          I also like the idea of roast chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes and of course, risotto.

          Thanks!!!

        2. I took my girlfriend:

          A HUGE bowl of salad - greens, mushrooms, etc. Put thin sliced onions in separate baggie. Also in separate baggie a pound of boiled shrimp, chilled in a soy based marinade.

          Also tons of "morning glory muffins", reasonably low-fat muffins with shredded carrots, apples, etc.

          My friend said she lived on salad and muffins for many days.

          1. At this time of year especially, things that can be eaten cold are appreciated. They will be preoccupied with the baby and will want things to eat that require little or no preparation.

            Potato salad, cold roast chicken, poached salmon, good breads, beet borscht are all good. Ready to make greens for salad and a jar of homemade dressing will probably be appreciated as well.