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Oct 16, 2008 07:13 AM

What to make for new parents?

My good friends just had a baby, and I wanted to bring some food when I go meet their new addition since I doubt they have any time to cook right now. The problem is that I don't really have time to cook right now, either. Any ideas for a quick but delicious casserole-type dish that they can have a reheat for a few days? Any recipes would be appreciated!


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  1. My wife, who is far from a foodie and hates to cook, has gotten rave reviews with this Chicken Pot Pie recipe. Used constantly for new arrivals, deaths in the family, and similar "need help" events. To make it even easier she gets one of those rotissiere chickens in the grocery store and pulls it apart.

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    1. We've made baked ziti or lasagna for new parents, as it's pretty universally liked (esp. if you do just pasta, sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella and leave out the meat). It also freezes well and is easy to reheat in the microwave.

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      1. re: maxim0512

        I like to make quiche since it can be a breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal, and even froze if necessary. I also like to make soup and breads for the same reasons and they are generally liked by most people. I like the Moosewood recipe for Gypsy Soup. You can google it.

      2. As a new parent with no time, I brought my even newer parent friend awesome ravioli from a local place, and made a lot of pesto. The pesto took nearly no time to make, and they could freeze whatever they didn't use.

        Don't know if this is quite right for your purposes, but I had this egg casserole at a brunch recently and it was delicious:

        1. What I found extremely helpful ( and cooked it myself) was a turkey. I know, I time. But if you got a small turkey breast, you could roast while doing other things. New moms are often ravenous at odd times...a turkey breast offers options to hack off a piece when you need it, make sandwiches, or nuke and serve with store bought salad. I think really good protein is really important for a new mom. Otherwise, how about a pot of Sloppy Joes with miinute you've got food.

          1. Include a fruit salad and they'll really love you. New mom's are often incredibly thirsty so something fresh goes down nicely. Also they might have a freezer full of casseroles, but don't have time to shop or enough hands to wash and chop fruit (or vegetables for that matter).
            Having said that, chicken pot pie sounds great!

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            1. re: waver

              What about putting together a tray of cut fruit and dip and cut vegetables and dip? It's a healthy snack the parents can munch on, but also looks presentable to leave out in the living room/dining room for when people come over to visit.

              A friend of mine recieved two pretty glass canistered with dry ingredients for soup layered inside. The directions were attached to the top with a pretty ribbon. She loved it because all she needed to do was brown and onion, add in some water/broth and the mix, and an hour later there was a homemade meal that required no effort.