Good Question: Cooking for a New Mom

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Dear The Kitchen,

I am spending the weekend with a new mother and want to cook a few leftover-worthy meals, any thoughts?


Dear Jenny,

How nice of you! We've been in this sort of situation many times before - seems everyone's having babies! Assuming your friend doesn't have any post-natal dietary restrictions (best to ask, there are a number of them), some classics of course are lasagna, soups and casseroles, and un-dressed salads.

You could also help out by stocking her pantry with healthy ingredients like nuts and seeds; dried fruit, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, canned beans and nut butters. Put some organic frozen vegetables and fruit in her freezer, and for the fridge, get some whole-wheat wraps and cheeses.

Any other experienced moms out there have two cents to contribute?

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