6 meal ideas to bring to a mom after labor. Recovery from labor and the first weeks with a newborn are hard so bring her a meal! These meals are not only great for new families, but also someone not feeling well or anyone in need of a good meal.
Meals to Bring a New Mom
When I was having my first child, our church had an amazing ministry to help bring new families a warm meal. They would announce a new baby and then you could sign up to bring them a meal or order a meal. When you have no energy left from taking care of a newborn, a nice meal is so helpful. Here are a few meal ideas to bring a new mom or really anyone needing a break from cooking.
Meals for Moms Tips
Before we get to the meals, I wanted to share a few tips for bringing people meals.
- Ask if there are any food allergies.
- Tell them you would like to cook them a meal and ask how many people will be there. You never know if out of town family is visiting.
- Ask if they have any preferences for meals.
- Determine a date and time that is good to drop off the meal. Simply drop off the meal, say hello and then leave. Mom and baby may be tired and she may not feel like entertaining.
- Try to pick foods that are freezer friendly. If they have an abundance of visitors and meals, you’ll want something that they can pop in the freezer if they aren’t ready to eat it that day.
- Put everything in disposable containers or containers that you do not want back. Make sure they know you are not expecting the containers back. I like getting new tubberware as an extra gift that comes with the meal.
What Else to Include in Your New Mom Meal
- Dinner (see the 6 meals below for ideas)
- Salad or fresh vegetables
- Fresh cut fruit
- Rolls, bread or muffins
6 Meals for New Moms
- Creamy Loaded Potato Soup – Hearty and creamy loaded potato soup topped with all the fixings – bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese. This meal is a great freezer friendly option and can even be a vegetarian option [obviously omit the bacon and ham].
- Southern Chicken & Dumplings – This is traditional southern style chicken and dumplings with a creamy soup and tender dumplings. It is also great for the freezer and can be easily doubled so you have dinner also ready for your family.
- Chicken Tortilla Soup – This soup is loaded with black beans, chicken, corn, bell peppers and topped with crunchy tortilla strips. Make sure to pack the toppings separate so they can add them when they are ready to eat dinner.
- Easy Ricotta Stuffed Shells – Italian dinners are always a crowd-pleaser and usually freeze well. These stuffed shells are super easy to make and also a vegetarian meal option.
- Fajitas – Whip up your favorite chicken, steak or shrimp fajitas using this homemade fajita seasoning. Fix toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes in little containers and bring them along with some tortillas and you have a fun meal to bring.
- Take Away Pizza – Don’t have time to cook a home-cooked meal? Order take away pizza. This is a great idea for those that don’t have time to spend in the kitchen or maybe cannot physically take them a meal (aka rush hour traffic at 6pm). So what if you haven’t cooked it? They have a warm meal that shows up on their door without visitors!
I hope you liked my 6 meal ideas to bring to a new family or anyone that may be recovering. I would love to know if you have ever received a meal or what you typically bring someone.