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Oct 1, 2013 12:40 PM

What to make when you have a newborn...

So as the topic suggest, wife and I have a newborn and are finding it difficult to find the time to make something more substantial than a sandwich or frozen food. We think it could be great to put our crockpot to use and so I pose this to the board/hounds..

Do you have any recommended recipes (crock pot or otherwise) that meet the following criterion and are willing to share?

1. No pork
2. Can't involve meat and cheese
3. Not spicy or Mexican
4. Healthy
5. Time sensitive in manner

Thanks a bunch.

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  1. I'd suggest making things that you can do in stages/steps and that will give you more than one meal - for example, vegetable lasagna. Get the sauce simmering and mix up the cheeses while the noodles cook. Leave it alone for a while to cuddle with the baby. Come back, put the lasagna together, and get it in the oven - feed the baby while it bakes. Eat with one hand while holding the baby with the other. Repeat 2 days later. :)

    A few other random thoughts:
    (1) - sauce is very easy (and adaptable to leave out chili oil), add some shredded chicken and steamed peapods to round out the meal
    (2) Pasta with chickpeas and Parmesan/Romano - sort of "cacio e pepe e ceci"
    (3) If you have any recipes that call for shredded chicken, you can cook whole chickens or bone-in breasts in the crockpot. We do "taco chicken" this way and use very little actual taco seasoning since our 3yo doesn't like spicy food.

    1. Guessing that you keep kosher or are vegetarian? Which is it because I have casserole recipes that have meat that will freeze well but they contain meat OR cheese, not necessarily both. Please advise if you DO eat meat or cheese, understand you don't eat them together.

      Soups work really well, can be made in big vats, frozen in quart size containers, re-heat really well and with good bread can be a meal.

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      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        We do eat meat. Although wife is not a big meat eater she won't argue if she isn't making it.. right?

        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          Well, that opens up a lot of possibilities. I would suggest a big vat of chicken broth made with chicken meat & bones, onion, celery, parsnip, parsley and any other veggies. My ratio is 1 lb. chicken meat to 1 quart water. Very easy - throw it all in large soup pot, Make sure you start with cold water, some kosher salt and whole peppercorns. Bring to boil, skim off scum, and let simmer partially covered for 3-4 hours. Discard solids, skim off chicken fat and store in quart size containers, in fridge for about a week, in freezer for ever.

          You can use chicken broth as starter for SO many things - base for bechamel sauce for chicken tettrazini. So forget the cheese and top with panko crumbs for crunchiness.

          You can make variety of soups, matzo ball, noodle, won ton, corn chowder, butternut squash, acorn squash. Let me know if you need recipes.

          You can make chicken crepes, chicken enchiladas, chicken hash. These all freeze well.

          For meat, you can make a ton of different kinds of stews, paprikas, stuffed cabbage rolls, all freeze really well. As another poster says, the steps can all be done slowly with rest (baby) breaks in between.

          For cheese - vegetable lasagna, manicotti, blintzes,

          Again, let me know if you need recipes. Good Luck!

        1. We did a lot of stir fries and curries when our daughter was brand new. We have a rice cooker which was helpful for a big batch of rice we could use throughout the week. To speed things up, I would cook the protein (tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp, whatever) in one pan while I did the veggies and sauce in another. I don't really have a recipe, it was more, oh, I have x, y, and z that need to be used up and I'll throw in some frozen peas too. Then we would portion the leftovers in to individually sized containers so it was easy to microwave a whole meal.

          I am the cook in our family, so cooking was my break from "mom" duties. Still is. I do some prep during her nap, and then when DH gets home from work (I work part time and get home first) he entertains her/has daddy time so I can do my thing in the kitchen. Since I was getting up at night to nurse her, DH felt it was the least he could do.