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Aug 9, 2008 08:39 PM

Need Meal for New Mom suggestions

I'm making a meal for a family who just had a new baby and I'm looking for suggestions. They don't eat beef and lasagna is off the table because someone else is already making it for them. Can't be too spicy because she is nursing and has a four year old. I prefer that it not be too expensive to make or too time consuming....

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  1. I don't see where a "new mom" makes a difference. If you're cooking a meal for a friend with kids at this time of year, it's no sweat. Buy whatever veggies are in season in your locale, roast, chop, add to cooked pasta . Dress with a lemony vinaigrette. You can't lose.

    1. I also have a friend with a new baby--I'm planning to make a fritatta for her with veggies and herbs from our garden.

      1. how about tuna casserole? make your own mushroom thyme cream sauce, use good quality tuna and pasta, fresh herbs, and homemade bread crumbs. easy and delicious.

        1. How about scalloped potatoes with chunks of ham. I do the cheater method. Boil the potatoes, slice, mix with scratch white sauce, add the ham, you could add shredded cheese as well, bake until bubbly and brown around the edges. Send along sliced tomatoes, cukes, red onions, olives, red peppers, dressing on the side. Sliced in-season fruit and a carton of good ice cream.

          Whatever you decide, make enough so there's leftovers for lunch a day or two later.

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          1. re: nemo

            Along the lines of sliced in season fruit... I think a beautiful fresh fruit salad would be well appreciated by everyone - including the 4 yr old. And you could make a nice yogurt dressing with something like honey and lime to send along on the side.

          2. As a mom who received lots of food dishes when my daughter was born and as someone who often gives dinner gifts when my friends have babies, I think that you can't lose with pasta dishes. A simple one to do is Giada DeLaurentiis's recipe for Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables.
            It can be made ahead with local farm fresh ingredients this time of year. It is very kid friendly and it is not spicy at all for the four year old and the nursing mom. Add a baguette, a green salad, a bottle of wine, and brownies or ice cream and you have a really nice meal.

            Another dish that gets raves is a simple chicken. It can be served hot or cold, and appeals to all age groups. To this you could add some potato salad, and maybe some chopped watermelon or canteloupe, and a simple dessert (homemade cookies, brownies, or, if you are pressed for time, some gourmet gelato or ice cream).

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            1. re: Cuoca

              Edit: I meant to say "Another dish that gets raves is a simple chicken." Simple chicken doesn't really make sense, does it?