New parents always appreciate the gift of homemade meals, but here's an idea for a gift that keeps on giving: a collection of your best slow cooker recipes and a new slow cooker, if you know your friends don't have one.This idea comes from Anna of the blog Clementine's Produce and Provisions, via Dinner: A Love Story. When friends or family members have a baby, she gives them a booklet of her ten best slow cooker recipes, along with a slow cooker if she knows they don't own one. If they live in town, she also includes a couple frozen homemade meals.
As Anna says on her blog, "I love my dutch oven and braising, but when I was a new mom, being able to throw dinner in the crockpot in the morning was a godsend around 5pm later that day." If you want to get a little fancier, you could even make a few recipe booklets using a service like Blurb and have them at the ready for expecting friends or family members.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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