We have good friends who are expecting their first baby any second now, and it's had me thinking about what we should make to bring over when the day comes. I've had a few close friends have their first children this year, but unfortunately we haven't lived in the same city, so I'm thrilled to have the chance to help out this time around. Of course the question is always the same: what to make? I feel like "new mom" food and "bereavement" food often fall into the casserole camp, and it makes a lot of sense: you want to have something around that will be satisfying, easy to heat up, and will last a few days. But I imagine casseroles get pretty old after awhile, so I set out to do some research on dishes that would fit most of those criteria but promise something a bit more interesting (with a few casserole-type dishes thrown in for good measure, of course). I imagine a big hearty salad or lentil soup would be most welcome as would meatballs to snack on throughout the day or chili to reheat later in the evening.
I'd love to know: what are you favorite foods to bring to new moms? Or for all of you moms out there, what did you most appreciate receiving?
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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