Food for a New Mom (When it's ridiculously hot outside)
My friend just had a baby, and while I'd love to bring over some meals for her, coming over with something like a lasagna seems ridiculous in this heat. Same goes for soup, and there go my ideas! Can you folks suggest some dishes I could bring, that can be saved or frozen, which are appropriate for the weather?
Nice full-fat bran muffins. Fibre good for new Moms.
There's a yummy Sour Cream Bran Muffin recipe on epicurious.
a nice vegetable pasta salad- so many varieties. Can't really be frozen, but great to grab out of the fridge at any time of day & last a few days. Also, chicken, ham, or turkey salad. Since schedules are so off, it's nice to be able to just grab something that requires no heating/defrosting. (I'm a pregnant mom)
I've been making lots of grain salads this summer. They're perfect for hot weather, healthy and you can dress them up or keep it simple depending on your friend's tastes.
The easiest is bulgur salad. Bulgur is partially cooked before being dried so reconstituting it is very simple. Just pour water or stock over, let sit, then squeeze excess liquid out. Add some olive oil, then season as you like. Now you can add herbs - mint goes very well with all the grain salads I've tried. Also consider cheese (feta is my favorite), olives, roast chicken, cooked seafood, smoked meats or fish, fresh veggies.
You can also use couscous, farro or wheat berries. It keeps for a few days in the fridge.
Other possibilities are pasta sauces which they can add to pasta when they're in the mood - fresh pesto or fresh tomato would be good right now.
I agree, salads would be good, especially the kind that keep well. I second the idea of grain salads. Depending on how adventurous her tastes are, you could consider quinoa or black rice too. Dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, cherries, cut up apricots) go really well in grain salads.
How about straight vegetable salads? Shredded carrot salad, cuke salad, even cole slaw or potato salad?
One thought -- I know some new mothers try to avoid strong tasting foods that would affect their milk, like onions and garlic. (While others figure the baby better get used to it from the start.) Might be worth checking on.
I was once told that babies *like* the taste of garlic in breast milk. There is some concern these days about nursing moms eating peanuts; it could result in a peanut allergy, but I don't know if that is still the current thinking. Some people, also, believe that milk products and vegetables in the cole family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage) can worsen colic and gassiness in a nursing babe.