I loved getting meals after I had a baby. Those first few weeks, when I was more or less house-bound, seeing people from The Outside World who came over to talk and bring food…I’m pretty sure I cried at least once.
If you’re thinking of bringing a meal to a new family, a few tips:
1.) it is wonderful when things arrive in disposable containers that don’t have to be returned. Or washed.
2.) check with the family to see if someone’s organizing their meals. The Care Calendar is awesome because it lets you see who’s signed up to bring meals and what they’re planning on bringing. In my experience, a meal every two or three days is great because it allows for leftovers.
3.) be mindful of nursing mamas and don’t make anything too spicy! Check to make sure no one has food allergies.
I still remember when a friend brought over Crockpot Cranberry Chicken after my daughter was born. It’s a great meal to bring to new moms, and great for busy moms to make. Here’s what to do:
Rinse one package of chicken thighs (about ten) and place in the Crock-Pot. Combine 1 bottle Russian dressing, 1 packet onion soup mix and 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (or you can make your own) and pour over the top.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Or if, like me, you forget to start this until 2pm, cook on high for one hour and low for 3-4 hours. Since it makes lots of delicious sauce, it works great served over rice.
Crockpot Cranberry Chicken:
1 pkg chicken thighs
1 packet onion soup mix
1 bottle Russian dressing
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
Wash chicken, place in slow-cooker. Combine ingredients, pour over chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
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This is day 3 of 31 Days of Baby Stuff. To read the rest of the series, click here