101 Meals to Take to New Moms

By Polly Conner

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Meal ideas for new moms

Gosh. I look back at these pictures and I remember. I remember how exhilarating it is to hold your baby for the first time. How that first week is a whirlwind of very high highs and very low lows. How your body hurts but is healing so fast. Navigating the struggles and beauty of nursing. The foggy-brained feeling of sleep deprivation but the amazement that you can endure so much more than you ever thought you could. The hormones…THE HORMONES!

New mom holding baby

Those first few weeks with a newborn are so good but so hard. While all three of my babies brought us different experiences (Here is Tyler’s Birth story and Clayton’s birth story . Thriving Home hadn’t started the blog when Adelyn was born) the one consistent blessing that we had with each experience was FOOD.

Having a meal delivered to our house was a lifeline on some of those hard days. With each delivery, I remember being so humbled that someone would go to the effort of making extra food, drive all the way over to my house, and deliver it. It was such a gesture of love that I will never forget. If you are one of those wonderful people looking for recipes to bless others with, here are 8 Tips to Keep in Mind.

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101 Meal Ideas for New Moms

BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR NEW PARENTS

Don’t overlook the idea of brining a new parent breakfast. Sometimes that can be the hardest meal to get on the table. Here are some great breakfast ideas for new parents!

Freezer Breakfast Burritos – Can be frozen and thawed individually.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos - meal idea for new parents

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – I LOVED having a stash of muffins in the freezer.

Whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffin - meal idea for new parents

Freezer Smoothie Packs – Having a stash of smoothie packs is such a fun, unique idea for new parents! Use our printable labels to help keep them organized too.

Smoothie packs - meal ideas for new moms

Blueberry Power Muffins – packed with great ingredients.

Blueberry Power Muffins - meal idea for new moms

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal – Baked oatmeals are an easy meal to bake and transport to a new parent!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal - meal for new parents

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes – Great to make a bunch ahead and freeze. They make a quick, healthy breakfast for a new parent.

whole wheat pumpkin pancakes for new parents

SLOW COOKER RECIPES FOR NEW MOMS

Prepping some meals to go into the slow cooker is LIFE for a new mom. In fact, we have a whole cookbook with recipes that all work in the slow cooker because we know moms love these types of recipes. Here are some slow cooker recipes that would be great to take to new parents.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef – A great drop-and-go meal that is super easy to prep.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef recipe for new moms

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders – Another super simple recipe that can easily be prepped ahead of time and ready to throw into the slow cooker.

Slow cooker chicken parmesan sliders on a cutting board

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos – These are a family favorite. I’d recommend preparing them all the way up until they go into the oven. Deliver them like that with baking instructions.

Slow cooker chicken and cheese taquitos

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – Can’t go wrong with pulled pork! Deliver the cooked pork with buns and coleslaw for a great dinner for new parents.

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork on a plate

Slow Cooker Pot Roast – comfort food to the max! Can be delivered before or after cooking.

Pot Roast with no processed ingredients. Just real food that's really good!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by Pinch of Yum. I’ve had this and it’s so delicious! It does get thicker as it sits so make sure the new parents know that!

This Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup is so darn simple to make and goes perfectly with a piece of crusty bread on a cold winter night. | pinchofyum.com

 

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches – You could either deliver the beef cooked or prepped and ready to go into their slow cooker. Make sure to bring buns too!

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches.

Crockpot Carnitas by Pinch of Yum

These easy crockpot carnitas are simple enough for anyone to make! Broiling them just before serving gives a browned, crispy crust to the meat. SO good! | pinchofyum.com

SOUPS & STEWS TO TAKE TO NEW PARENTS

One of the easiest types of recipes to take to new parents is a delicious soup. Not only can soups be easily frozen, they can also make great lunches for the next few days! Consider making a few of these soup ideas for those new mamas!

Slow Cooker Cheddar & Bacon Potato Soup – This recipes is SO good. Make sure to package the bacon separately so the new parents can add it right when they are going to eat the soup.

Slow Cooker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup in white bowls with bread.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup – One of my FAVES! Deliver this soup to a new mom along with some tortilla chips, shredded cheese, avocado, and sour cream for a DIVINE dinner.

Slow cooker chicken fiesta soup in a white bowl

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans – Packed with great ingredients to keep those new parents healthy!

Slow cooker turkey chili with sweet potatoes and black beans

Easy No-Peek Stew – This has SO much flavor. Deliver this stew to new parents with some soft, buttery rolls for a great meal!

No-peek stew

Mexican Soup – this recipe is SO filling. Deliver to new parent and a bag of tortilla chips and shredded cheese. Yum!

Mexican soup recipe for new parents

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup – A super healthy, favorite of mine! It does get thicker as it sits so make sure to eat sooner than later!

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup in a bowl

Tomato Bisque – Any new parent is going to love having a stash of this tomato bisque in their freezer or fridge.

Tomato Bisque: A Panera Bread fake-out recipe. Freezer Friendly, healthy dinner idea!

Beef and Vegetable Soup by Grace and Good Eats

Beef & Vegetable Soup- my favorite for a cold day!

CASSEROLE RECIPES FOR NEW MOMS

Most casserole recipes can be prepped and frozen. They are a great way to stock the freezer of a new mom! Here are some great casserole recipes to take to new parents

Chicken Parmesan Casserole – This recipe is great to assemble right up until baking. Take it to the new parents with baking instructions for a wonderful fresh meal.

Chicken parmesan casserole for new moms

Beefy Baked Ravioli – So hearty and delicious!

Beef baked ravioli -meal for new moms

Rotisserie Chicken Casserole by Project Meal Plan

Veggie Loaded Rotisserie Chicken Casserole

Turkey and Egg Breakfast Casserole by Aimee Mars

Turkey & Egg Breakfast Casserole

The Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese by Thriving Home

Meal for new mom - Baked mac & cheese in a white dish

Baked Penne Pasta – This recipe makes a TON! Tip: Split it between 2, 8×8 dishes and freeze one for later!

Baked Penne Pasta

Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups – Assemble the recipe and deliver before baking. They’ll love it!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Chicken Spaghetti – Another great down the pipe chicken recipe to take to new parents. Makes great leftovers too.

Chicken Spaghetti - meal for new parents

MORE RECIPE IDEAS TO TAKE TO NEW PARENTS

We’re not even close to done! Here are some more favorites meal ideas for new parents from Thriving Home.

Baked Italian Meatballs – Giving meatballs to a new parent is a GREAT meal. They can put them over pasta or turn them into sub sandwiches. Just prep them up until baking and deliver them with the baking instructions.

Baked meatballs on a white plate with marinara sauce

Turkey Pesto Paninis – These can be assembled and wrapped individually for a great lunch!

Freezer Friendly turkey pesto paninis stacked

Southwest Chicken & Bacon Wraps – These would be such a fun treat to have as a new moms. Cook the chicken all of the way and deliver the meal with all of the fixings (tortillas, bacon, cheese, etc.)

Southwest chicken and bacon wraps.

Gourmet Chicken Sandwiches – Similar to the recipe above, cook the chicken and deliver with all of the ingredients to make the sandwich.

Gourmet Chicken Sandwich

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread – What a great treat to deliver to a new mom!

chocolate banana bread slices on white plate

Ham & Cheese Sliders – These are my go-to meal for groups. Kids LOVE them so if the new parents already have kiddos, this would be a HUGE win.

Hand lifting a ham & cheese slider from a white dish

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas – If the new parents have an Instant Pot, these Crispy Carnitas are to DIE for! Just prep the pork in the marinade and either freeze it or give Instant Pot cooking instructions.

Instant Pot Carnitas

Powerball Cookies – These would be a great treat to have in any freezer!

Powerball cookies

Pork Tenderloin with a Seasoned Rub – I recently took this pork tenderloin to a neighbor who had just had surgery. They were so thankful and raved and raved about the recipe. I’d recommend preparing it up until baking and delivering it uncooked with baking instructions.

 Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

Granola – For a long time, this was my gift to new moms while they were in the hospital. It’s such a treat to have!

printable recipe for gift

MORE RECIPE IDEAS FOR NEW MOMS FROM OTHER SOURCES

While we hope you can find something above that a new mom would like, here are other recipe ideas from various food blogs.

Want Slow Cooker Ideas? Swing by our 101 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals!

101 Real Food Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Your life just got easier and healthier with this list of the best whole foods freezer meals for the slow cooker. Enjoy these real food crockpot recipes today or freeze for later.

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  1. Supriya Kutty says:

    This indeed has been such a great article for me as I am a new mother of twins and handling them is such a big task, this post will surely help me in choosing a variety of recipes that I could prepare for them so that they are not annoyed with the boring food I usually make, thank you so much for sharing this and I will also share the same with my other friends as well.

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  2. Chris says:

    You’re exactly who I’ve been looking for! There’s always somebody who needs meals: new babies, surgery, funerals, illness, trauma, new neighbors, moving in or out, etc. I recently cleaned out my big chest freezer specifically for room to have meals always on hand ready to go, and am thrilled to find your site with such good and different ideas. Thank you!

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  3. Alexandra says:

    I am so glad that pizza made the list. I’m in my second trimester now and during the first trimester, I was sick all day. The one thing that would look good no matter what I was feeling was pizza. We ordered pizza, made pizza, got frozen pizzas, had pizza variations like calzones, the whole shebang. We still eat a lot of it – Pepperoni with olives and mushrooms. Yum.

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