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May 30, 2011 12:57 PM

Help! My friend just had a baby and I want to bring her lunch. What do I bring?

All of my other friends who have had children had "winter" babies and I brought them a pan of lasagna, french baguettes, Caesar salad and dessert from a local bakery. No idea what do do for her since it is June this week. I want to bring them something they can nibble on for a few days that is cold or reheats well. Maybe a pasta salad and fruit? Cupcakes?

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  1. Anything you would like to eat this season would be appreciated. Salad, bread, pasta, fruit, cookies, etc. Maybe if you grill or BBQ bring her some grilled chicken breasts, or whaever you're making. It's very thoughtful to bring her a meal, especially food that can be eaten 1-handed.

    1. pasta salad doesn't hold very well. what about roasted lemon chicken legs? potato or egg salad. quiche(s) or fritatta. hummus and pita. gazpacho. cookies.

      1. probably anything that doesn't need preparation or messy clean up. granola, bbq chicken, cookies. my mom brought me takeout sushi b/c i was so deprived of sushi while pregnant and it was easy to eat and clean up. you're a lovely thoughtful friend.

        1. +1 on the hummus & pita. in fact, how about a nice assortment of Mediterranean salads & dips that she can store in the fridge & serve at room temp? no muss, no fuss. in addition to hummus: baba ghannouj, tabbouleh, dolmades, skordalia, taramosalata, muhammara...

          or running with hotoynoodle's quiche suggestion, you could do egg muffins/mini frittate, or even deviled eggs.

          1. Anything that can be eaten over a few days - pasta salad, fruit salad, deviled eggs, some cold grilled chicken she can use for sandwiches, and the rolls for those sandwiches.

            7 Replies
            1. re: LindaWhit

              I think deviled eggs is a grand idea! Who doesn't like them and they can be eaten with one hand. Sounds like a real winner.

              1. re: c oliver

                I don't. I would err on the side of "non-smelly" foods. Women who have just had a baby have really wacky olfactory issues sometimes. I had a lot of food aversions (including chicken and potent smelling foods) while pregnant, and they didn't let up immediately after I had my babies. Hormones do weird things. (And I truly think deviled or hard boiled eggs are a polarizing food. You love 'em or hate 'em. And if you hate 'em, they make you gag. No middle ground.)

                I'd go for a quiche, cold soup (like cucumber yogurt or something), pita, hummus, cheese, etc. Baked mac n cheese is always appreciated, even in warmer months.

                1. re: LizR

                  This thread points up the fact that the first thing to do is ASK :) I loathe cucumbers in any form and would throw it out the moment you left. Ditto with hummus. I would eat pita if there were nothing else in the bread family in the house. Isn't it wonderful that we don't all like the same things?!?

                    1. re: c oliver

                      I should add that I recently had a friend who had major surgery. A group formed to make sure she and her family were fed for several months after she was discharged from the hospital. I was at the end of the arrangements, and was met with great gratitude for bringing something that was NOT chicken. Apparently EVERYONE brought chicken in some form or another. All good, and all well-intentioned. But, the individual receiving food was just tired of it.

                      1. re: LizR

                        Another thing that's nice is to ask "what you favorite comfort food" and make that. As an aside, both of our daughters are pregnant (six weeks apart - talk about sibling rivalry!). I was talking to one this weekend and asking how she's feeling (first trimester). She said fine but if she doesn't eat something pretty regulary she gets kind "car sick" feeling. So she just eats a boiled egg and she's fine. She a pretty extreme athlete and I think she just forget to eat at times :)

                        1. re: LizR

                          Which is why a single point of contact for organization is often the best way to go with a situation such as your friend's surgery. The organizer can tell Mary that Jane had chicken on the menu twice this week and ask if she could either make something else or hold off until the following week to make her chicken dish.