One of the best perks of popping out a baby is the meals. Seriously, if you have had a baby and not been provided with a plethera of homemade dinners, you are hanging with the wrong crowd. Sure, they are usually unhealthy, and every once and a while someone brings you something that tastes like chalk (if you are reading this and you have brought me a meal, I am totally not talking about you…your meal was absolutely the best thing I have ever tasted), but they are free and you don’t have to cook when you are so tired from nursing around the clock that you just might set the house on fire.
However, my problem with the free meals is that you usually spend the first 6 months of your kids life with 2 pans and 6 tupperware containers rattling around the trunk of your car, waiting to run into the people who made you meals so you can return their lasagna pan to them. So my Works For Me Wednesday tip this week is how to best serve the new mommies you make meals for.
- Bring them their food in throwaway containers: I completely realize this isn’t the best for the environment, but these containers can be washed and re-used if desired. This just helps out the new mom who has enough on her plate without worrying about returning your stuff. An added benefit is the next time you go to make brownies during a PMS induced chocolate craving you know exactly where your pan is.
- Keep the meal simple, but not too simple: This is not the time to try out your new recipe for Ethiopian food. However it is also not the time to drop of a box of Mac n’ cheese and a can of baked beans. Put some effort into it. If you truly can’t cook, see if they have a favorite restaurant you can get take out from.
- Throw in a few sides: It is great to get a good casserole, but when the new mom is forced to make a store run because their fridge is bare and their freezer just contains breast milk your meal will have been in vain. Throw in a veggie or a bagged salad (although I did have one friend that got so many bagged salads, they were taking over her kitchen).
- Make sure to call first: A lot of moms get meals scheduled for them so make sure you are providing one on a night they are not already getting a meal, unless yours is freezer ready. Also you should make sure there are no allergies or strong dislikes in the family. I always try and drop the meal off right at dinner time so that they don’t have to even attempt anything that resembles food preparation. This isn’t always possible, but check and see what works best.
- Lastly, don’t forget the chocolate: Yes, new mommy probably wants to fit back in her pre-pregnancy jeans, but I always loved it when I got meals that had something “desserty” with them. Plus I am sure I read somewhere that chocolate heals c-section scars, improves breast milk production and helps reduces under eye circles (I am 10% sure I read that somewhere).
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