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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. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...
            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?

            2. Because so many people make pasta I usually make paella or pineapple fried rice. Just be sure to just barely cook the shrimp so that it doesn't become rubbery when they reheat it. You can search online for recipes for each. I use a pineapple fried rice recipe that includes lop cheong, shrimp, crab, cashews and raisins. It's wonderful!

              1. When my friends had their baby in February, I prepared them a roasted chicken which I cut up so that it was easy to serve, mashed sweet potatoes, carrots, and potatoes, and blanched green beans. Sure, it's quite "winter-y", but cold roasted chicken, beans and maybe a potato salad would work equally well - and they're easy to make. As a sweet, I made a banana bread. They loved it!

                1. When we had our baby last year we lived on my Mom's chicken pot pie...delicious, homey, and great at all times of the day...sometimes we were eating it for breakfast after a 4 or 5 am feeding...another friend made a great chicken and broccoli casserole---the homier foods really appealed to me in my exhaustion

                  1. I make hearty things and things that an taste decent after freezing and reheating with leftovers for new moms. Mac and cheese with sausage, chicken pot pie, shepherd's pie, and turkey meatloaf. oh and a big pot of split pea soup with ham hock. yummers.

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                    1. re: funniduck

                      Remembering those days, I usually bring things that don't need heating or even slicing! Most recently, salmon with a hoisin glaze, rice with a parsley pesto, cleaned lettuce, cherry tomatoes, little carrots, banana bread, chocolate chip cookies. All things that are good cold and in combination can be a nice meal or that can be grabbed in pieces in that bleary eyed haze.

                    2. When I had baby, people came with full meals. The meals that we enjoyed the most, were the ones that arrived not fully cooked. We just finished them in the oven when it suited our new baby's schedule.

                      stuffed peppers with seasonal veggies, including local tomatoes; bread sticks
                      Chicken parmegiana, with a box of pasta, lettuce and a salad dressing
                      large mixed salad with dressing in a separate container, and raw shrimp which we sauteed
                      bag of homemade meatballs, with fresh pasta and tomato sauce in separate containers
                      a quiche with salad

                      Just a few ideas to get you started.... Welcome to the new baby!

                      1. A casserole couscous, baked chicken and zucchini, tomatoes,onions and peppers
                        Greek salad with feta and olives cucumbers and tomato-oregano,red wine vinagrette
                        A plate of rocky road brownies
                        Beautiful using all the fresh summer veggies.
                        Easy peasy.

                        1. Things that don't slop when eating them. I lived on stew, pasta, and casseroles. Things like muffins or scones would probably go over well, too. Lentil or bean soup (for lots of fibre. Very important postpartum), bran muffins, risotto or Spanish rice. Fruit crisp or crumble for dessert.

                          1. something that might have leftovers that can be used alternatively...

                            i know it sounds dull, but i'd roast a chicken or two, as that will provide good fodder for sammies, salads, etc.

                            i'd roast a bunch of fresh veggies with it too.

                            is making a loaf or two of fresh bread too time consuming?

                            perhaps also some muffins that can be frozen and reheated for breakfasts on the go, that only need one hand to eat.