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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!
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.
Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – I LOVED having a stash of muffins in the freezer.
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.
Blueberry Power Muffins – packed with great ingredients.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal – Baked oatmeals are an easy meal to bake and transport to a new parent!
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes – Great to make a bunch ahead and freeze. They make a quick, healthy breakfast for a new parent.
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 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 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 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 Pot Roast – comfort food to the max! Can be delivered before or after cooking.
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!
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!
Crockpot Carnitas by Pinch of Yum
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 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 Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans – Packed with great ingredients to keep those new parents healthy!
Easy No-Peek Stew – This has SO much flavor. Deliver this stew to new parents with some soft, buttery rolls for a great meal!
Mexican Soup – this recipe is SO filling. Deliver to new parent and a bag of tortilla chips and shredded cheese. Yum!
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup – A super healthy, favorite of mine! It does get thicker as it sits so make sure to eat sooner than later!
Tomato Bisque – Any new parent is going to love having a stash of this tomato bisque in their freezer or fridge.
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.
Beefy Baked Ravioli – So hearty and delicious!
Baked Penne Pasta – This recipe makes a TON! Tip: Split it between 2, 8×8 dishes and freeze one for later!
Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups – Assemble the recipe and deliver before baking. They’ll love it!
Chicken Spaghetti – Another great down the pipe chicken recipe to take to new parents. Makes great leftovers too.
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.
Turkey Pesto Paninis – These can be assembled and wrapped individually for a great lunch!
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.)
Gourmet Chicken Sandwiches – Similar to the recipe above, cook the chicken and deliver with all of the ingredients to make the sandwich.
Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread – What a great treat to deliver to a new mom!
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.
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.
Powerball Cookies – These would be a great treat to have in any freezer!
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.
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!
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.
- Southwest Turkey Rice Casserole by the Cookin’ Canuck
- Stuffed Pepper Casserole by Rachel Cooks
- Spaghetti Squash Casserole by Well Plated
- Cheesy Spinach and Mushroom Breakfast Casserole by What a Girl Eats
- Chicken Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna by Little Broken
- Braised Beef Tacos by Today’s Parent
- Turkey, Zucchini & Rice Casserole by Cookin Canuck
- Creamy Tuscan Garlic Tortellini Soup by The Recipe Critic
- One Pot Mexican Quinoa by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
- Freezer Friendly Homemade Pizza Pockets by The Girl on Bloor
- Ground Beef Noodle Casserole by Betty Crocker
- Chicken and Artichoke Rice Casserole by Delish
- Turkey, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili by Inquiring Chef
- Overnight Caramel French Toast by Grace and Good Eats
- Teriyaki Chicken Casserole by Life in the Lofthouse
- Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole by Pinch of Yum
- White Bean Parmesan Spinach Soup by Cafe Delites
- Crustless Quiche by Today’s Parent
- Chicken and Green Bean Casserole by Lil’ Luna
- Cheesy Caprese Chicken & Quinoa Casserole by Eat Yourself Skinny
- Creamy White Chicken Chili by Gimme Some Oven
- Lemon Chicken Pasta Bake by Cooking and Beer
- Meatball Sub Casserole by Delish
- Ground Turkey Sausage Lasagna Soup by Six Sisters’ Stuff
- Corn Casserole by Plain Chicken
- Southwest Quiche by A Zesty Bite
- White Wine Chicken Stew by The Cookie Rookie
- Healthy Chicken Penne Casserole by The Seasoned Mom
- Creamy Chicken Mushroom Rice Casserole by Will Cook for Smiles
- Chicken Tamale Pie by Pinch of Yum
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Ahead of Thyme
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole by Betty Crocker
- Teriyaki Chicken Casserole by Life in the Lofthouse
- Biscuits and Gravy Casserole by Six Sisters’ Stuff
- Homemade Stir-Fry by Happy Money Saver
- White Chicken Enchilada Casserole by Gimme Some Oven
- Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti by Tip Hero
- Beef Enchiladas by Mavis Butterfield’s
- Squash Casserole by Delish
- Tuscan Pasta by Six Sisters’ Stuff
- Mexican Quinoa by Today’s Parent
- Chili Mac by Today’s Parent
- Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole by Genius Kitchen
- Hamburger Stew by Fit Slow Cooker Queen
- Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate by Cook Nourish Bliss
- Chicken Noodle Casserole by Tip Hero
- Mexican Chicken Casserole by Mom on Timeout
- Baked Ziti by Kraft
- Healthy Chicken Potato Soup by A Spicy Perspective
- Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers by Well Plated
- Fried Rice by Happy Money Saver
- Cheesy Ravioli Casserole by Betty Crocker
- Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Avocado Freezer Wraps by The Girl on Bloor
- Country Breakfast Casserole by Six Sisters’ Stuff
- Healthy Mushroom Enchiladas by Natural Comfort Kitchen
- Egg Muffins with Kale, Red Peppers, and Feta Cheese by Two Peas & Their Pod
- Black Bean Soup Taco Soup by The Way to His Heart
- Vegetarian Lasagna by Betty Crocker
- Chicken Pot Pie Pasta by A Mom’s Take
- Beef and Noodle Chowder by Crystal & Co.
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup by Pinch of Yum
- Mini Bacon, Spinach and Egg Quiches
- Taco Spaghetti by The Blonde Cook
- Italian Ground Beef Casserole by Taste and Tell
- Cashew Chicken by Mom on Timeout
- Firecracker Casserole by A Zesty Bite
- Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta by Buns in my Oven
- Cowboy Casserole by Delish
- Cheesy Ground Beef & Rice Casserole by Oh, Sweet Basil
- Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins & Walnuts by Once Upon A Chef
- Baked Chicken Pesto Alfredo by Happy Money Saver