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Old 02-27-2008, 03:28 PM   #11
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Omigosh, not a fan of meat loaf? Wow, I have a separate section in my recipe file JUST for meat loaf.

One or our favorites is mixing the meat mixture with corn chips instead of whatever binder (oatmeal, bread crumbs, etc.), adding some drained green chiles and then topping the meat loaf with salsa. Kind of a Tex-Mex version.

We enjoy many more variations, but you get the idea.
Katie your meatloaf sparked my interest, would you please share the recipe ? Thanks, Barb L.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:28 PM   #12
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Unless you are going to make rice fresh, steer clear of rice dishes as it is a good thing to make you sick if you leave it too long.
Hm, I've never heard that before. I was thinking a broccoli-chicken-rice casserole would be another good option (unless, as mentioned, the mother is breast-feeding - broccoli is a member of the cabbage family).
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:12 PM   #13
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These are great ideas! You all are so (as always) helpful!!!

Gassy foods, I forgot about that. Is it just cabbage family that I should avoid?
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:24 PM   #14
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A big 'ol pot of Chicken 'n dumplins. Sheer comfort!
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:59 PM   #15
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I also like to bring along little baggies, each with different veggies, cheeses and fruits cut up inside. It makes for healthy snacking, and there's no plates to return.
Can I add to this that when I was in the hospital with my kids, smaller food was a great option. Often I didn't want anything too heavy; fresh muffins, raw veggies, bagels cut in half, fruit, awesome.
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:15 AM   #16
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Breast feeding will make a difference in the mother's dietary needs. As for the gassy foods - there is a split opinion.

The WebMD site says:

"... Build these into your daily diet:
Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, squash, and beans
Fruits such as apples, berries, plums, oranges, peaches, and melons ..."

The BabyCenter website says:

"... Mothers report that babies most often object to chocolate; spices (cinnamon, garlic, curry, chili pepper); citrus fruits and their juices, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit; strawberries; kiwifruit; pineapple; the gassy veggies (onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers); and fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes ..."

Take your pick on what to read ... Breastfeeding Diet - Foods to avoid while breastfeeding

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Unless you are going to make rice fresh, steer clear of rice dishes as it is a good thing to make you sick if you leave it too long.
And the key words are "if you leave it too long" in the food danger zone - 40-140F. Yes, rice does need to be treated with respect - like deviled eggs or mayonnaise. But, cooked, cooled, portioned and refrigerated within an hour should not be a problem from everything I have read.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:23 AM   #17
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Don't forget the sweets ... mom's need treats! A favorite neighbor always delivers the best soft molasses cookies you can imagine for such events. :)

Lots of great ideas so far, but how about something light? Something as simple as bagged salad can be very nice to have on hand for a lite meal, to throw on sandwiches or burgers, etc. And don't underestimate the novelty of a good fruit basket, old fashioned as it sounds.
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Hm, I've never heard that before. I was thinking a broccoli-chicken-rice casserole would be another good option (unless, as mentioned, the mother is breast-feeding - broccoli is a member of the cabbage family).
Heard it a few times on Australian cooking shows. Not sure as to why. I know one show did say why but I don't tend to retain those bits just the "don't" bit!! Ever since though, I have always tried to eat rice within a day or two (at the most) of cooking, even more so if bought. I chuck it out after that. I know that it was quoted as a statistic that it was the most or one of the most common ways to get food poisoning, so maybe that figure is influenced by our heavy reliance on Asian cuisine in Australia. Could just be a warped stat!! Happens.
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Gassy foods, I forgot about that. Is it just cabbage family that I should avoid?
I'd be thinking beans too.
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A friend of mine just had a baby last Saturday. She was 6 weeks early. The mom is being discharged from the hospital tomorrow but the babe will have to remain at the hospital for at least 2 more weeks.

I'm looking to put together some food for her and her husband. They will probably only be going home to eat and shower. I need some ideas of food I can make that would be well liked (by both mom and dad) and will be easy for them to just reheat in the microwave.

I have some frozen corn chowder that I will pull out. I was thinking of a lasagna or something along those lines too. What else would be good for them that would keep well for a couple days.

Thanks!
Stew re-heats nicely--almost anything along those lines or soups..
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