Best freezer-ready meal to give to a new mom?
I make Giada's Chicken Tettrazini and undercook the pasta (I use penne), and freeze. Tape the directions to heat after on top of the pan. It's easy and delicious. And if you want to save time, you can do it with a Rotisserie chicken or two.
Bill Granger's Carmel Chicken is great to make ahead. It has a wonderful sauce and all they have to do is cook rice and make a salad.
Same with Epi's Mahogany Beef Stew with Hoisin and Chicken Marbella. Again, either rice or noodles and voila, they are done.
Or you can just provide french baguette and that freezes well too.
the comments on the other threads about fruit and vegetables are spot on -- this is the time for nutrient-dense food...and filling is good. I remember feeling like I was going to starve to death within days -- breastfeeding takes a LOT of calories!!
Be mindful of spicy foods and things like broccoli and cabbage -- the chemistry of these foods in particular are passed on to the baby if she's lactating, and *will* upset a new baby's tummy...nothing worse than being completely exhausted and your newborn is gassy and spitting up.
Yes I remember always being hungry too! Keeping half of everything for my own family, I have decided on: banana blueberry muffins (baking right now), rice-topped shepherd's pie, meatballs, roasted veg, fruit salad, and an apple crisp. Oh and a few goat cheese & roasted red pepper tarts and a few asparagus cheese rolls that I made to have on hand. Thanks everyone!
This is a pretty common inquiry - here's some other threads with good ideas:
I'm cooking for a new mom myself right now :) - and I took them a big tray of shepherd's pie. They loved it. Planning BBQ meatballs next - meatloaf and meatloaf variants are bigtime comfort food for a lot of people.