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Old 04-28-2005, 02:42 PM   #1
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Question Looking for freezer recipes for new mom

One of my closest friends is due to give birth to her first baby (a boy) in about a week .

I've heard that new parents often don't have time to cook and end up ordering alot of take-out. I'd really like to help them out and cook a bunch of dishes to give to them to put in the freezer so that they can eat healthy, home cooked meals once the baby comes.

I'm especially interested in recipes that are quick and easy to heat up and are healthy and nutritious for a new (and breastfeeding) mother.

Can anyone recommend any recipes for me?

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Old 04-28-2005, 03:53 PM   #2
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Hi Ruth--glad to see you back!

Off the top of my head, I'd suggest lasagna or baked ziti, chili, soups and stews. Take a look in the casserole forum, too. I'm sure there are some good ideas. If I come up with some more specifics, I'll be sure to post.

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Old 04-28-2005, 04:02 PM   #3
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Welcome back Ruth
PAB hit on all the usual great suggestions. One more I would suggest is chicken pot pies. When my wife gave birth a few months ago once of my friends brought over a chicken pot pie (store bought), a big bag of frozen veggies, and a tube of Pillsbury rolls. It was so thoughtful and kind. We put it all in the freezer and had it when we were too busy with the baby to cook or go to the store.

Another suggestion which is not quite along the lines of what you are asking, but still good info...When my brother came to visit us in the hospital the day my wife had our daughter her came with two shopping bags full of goodies. He brought us a ton of fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas), nuts, dried cranberries, carrots, chips and salsa, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It was a small gesture that meant the world to us. Your friend (and if she has a sig other) will be in the hospital for a few days and will not have access to lots of different food options. I know for me it was great to wake up and be able to just reach over and have a banana in the morning or have a little snack in the afternoon without having to go downstairs and leave my wife and baby. it was also great because when friends and family came to visit they could have a little something to snack on if they wanted.
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:16 PM   #4
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This is one of my favorite soups and it is healthy. This is a perfect comfort food for me and it freezes well. It does take some time to cook, but it is the kind you leave on the stove and it does the cooking itself and your house will smell great.

Cheryl's vegetable soup

3 quarts water (12 cups)
soup meat, uncooked ( any amount you want, I use 2 packages)
2 packages (1 box) original dry lipton onion soup mix
1 lb. can tomato sauce
1 lb. can tomatoes, cut up (I like petite diced)
1 1/2 t. dry marjoram
1 1/2 t. dry basil
1 1/2 t. pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 T. salt
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 t. parsley flakes
2 large bags vegetables

my addition to the soup is some potatoes cut into cubes and peeled andAmerican cheese slices

Boil meat (I use a low boil) in water and onion soup mix for 25 minutes.

Add next 9 ingredients and cook 15 minutes

Add frozen vegetables (potatoes) and let cook covered on low for 2-2 1/2 hours.

Serve in bowl with cheese or parmesan cheese.

Freezes well
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:19 PM   #5
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In addition to what PA Baker suggested - Enchiladas are great (chicken or beef but without the beans). It freezes well and can be reheated in the oven.

Other casseroles using rice, chicken, veggies (I would avoid broccoli, eggplant or other vegetables that are considered gas causing) and cheese are great as well.

If your friends like ethnic food you can make some coconut based curries. They don't necessarily have to be spicy. They can be made with chicken and other spices and they freeze quite well. All they would have to do is put a pot of rice and have a healthy meal.

I also make patties out of mashed potato, stir in shredded chicken, veggies and other herbs and seasonings. Make small balls, dredge in bread crumbs and egg wash and then fry them and let them cool completely. Then I freeze them. They can be reheated easily in a little toaster oven or even warmed in a microwave.

Quick breads would be nice as well (banana, orange cranberry, zucchini with nuts) so that the mom can grab a snack that has some fruit and nuts in the bread which are good for the body. They freeze well too and she can easily reheat them in the oven.

BTW - It's really nice of you to think about your friends. I remember when I had my first son I was pretty much on my own and since my son was suffering from asthma I was extremely sleep deprived. Most of the time my husband would scramble to put something together because I was just too exhausted and cooking is not his fortae so we ended up eating out a lot which is also rather difficult with a newborn.
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:21 PM   #6
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This is another good freezer food. It is good served on buns as barbecue or as main dish. Flavor will improve over time.

Easy Brisket

1 3 to 4 pound beef brisket
2 T. liquid BBQ smoke
1 t. garlic salt or 1 clove garlic minced
1 t. dry onion or 2 T. fresh onion chopped
2 t. celery seed
2 t. worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. seasoned pepper
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup catsup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 cup BBQ sauce

Place all ingredients, except BBQ sauce into a jar and shake well to mix. Pour over meat, cover, and marinate overnight. Drain. Bake covered at 300 for 4-5 hours. Drain off most of the fat; add BBQ sauce and cook 1 more hour.

I like to place brisket in small individual bags and then stick in freezer. Then all you have to do is take out 1 bag and it is the perfect size to make a small sandwich out of.
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:25 PM   #7
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This is the recipe my mom always fixed to take to friends. For the buttered crumbs I use ritz crackers and to toast almons place in pan dry and put in oven on 350 just until they start to turn brown.

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Old 04-28-2005, 04:32 PM   #8
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Thanks so much to everyone for your help so far! You guys are really terrific! I remember why I loved this forum so much back when I had time to cook more often. Hopefully when my life settles back to normal in a couple of months I'll be able to contribute more myself and go back to being a regular. I really missed you guys!

I'm definately going to try a number of these recipes! I also like the idea of bringing the bags of food to the hospital. Another friend of mine just suggested that I bring a batch or two of homemade cookies to hospital and instruct the happy couple to leave it out in their room. This way the nurses stop by to "check" on them much more often!

I've also given a quick look at the Casserole section and found a few great ideas there as well. I really like the Gringo Tacos Casserole. But how do I know if a particular casserole recipe will freeze well?
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:54 PM   #9
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Hiya Ruth and welcome back. I've always taken a couple of Big Macs and bags of fries to my new mom friends while they are still in the hospital. They have never said "No, thanks."
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:17 PM   #10
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A meatloaf would freeze well. It doesn't exactly fall under the healthy category

Basic chicken casserole with the Pepperidge Farm stuffing topping.

Manicotti or stuffed shells.


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