When friends give birth (we've had several in the past few months), we tend to stick to the traditional dishes that please almost everyone and freeze well--lasagna, casseroles, and hearty stews. But in talking to moms who've been on the receiving end, we've started to hear more and more that they'd love something specifically for lunch.
After all, they're homebound and exhausted all day, not just at dinner time. And while you can of course eat soup or lasagna for lunch, we've heard more than once how nice it would be to have some light chicken salad or even muffins and fruit that they could pull out and nibble on throughout the day. Something like the Big Green Salad with Shallots, Chicken, Smoked Almonds, Goat Cheese, and Dates, above.
We made Italian Chicken Salad and Zucchini Muffins for a friend a few months ago, which went over well. It would also be nice to make something that a new mom could offer visitors. Not that a sleep-deprived woman needs to be plating crudite, but some roasted nuts or biscotti would be nice to have on hand.
Another suggestion? Bottles of flavored seltzer, fancy lemonade, or other fun, non-alcoholic drinks. Breast feeding makes you extra thirsty, and ice water gets old.
Any new moms out there who have other suggestions?
Related: On Cooking for a New Mom and Dad
(Image: Faith Durand)
Originally published November 9, 2009