Any new parents would love to have these dishes on hand, and most are easy enough that they might even be able to make them themselves. But be a good friend and bring them the gift of food (and not having to figure out what to eat).
Whether you’re a brand new parent or having your fourth bundle of joy, a new baby brings a whole new level of exhaustion and hunger. Parents are often time-pressed to make healthy, hearty, and delicious meals as they’re dealing with dozens of diaper changes and trying to catch a cat nap to make up for their new life as a nocturnal mammal.
Being a good friend or family member who prepares food for new parents can be THE perfect gift. So skip the receiving blanket and bring a pot of stew, a bowl of pasta, a quiche, or some sweets to aid your new parenting posse’s hunger and energy needs.
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We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that will be delicious and comforting for those zombie-like caregivers.
These mini tarts are the perfect snack for new parents, who can easily pop these in their mouths on the go or from the couch. The eggs and bacon provide a protein punch to keep their bodies fueled for long, sleepless nights. Rather than making your own dough, you can use crescent rolls for the quiche crust so it’s easy to assemble and cook. These tarts are flaky, rich, and decadent. Get our Bacon Quiche Tarts recipe.
This refreshing pasta salad will satisfy and delight new parents. The salty ricotta salada plays well with the sweet cherry tomatoes and tender baby artichokes, which you can certainly substitute with frozen artichokes to save time with preparation. This pasta salad is served cold so it’s easy for parents to keep a stash of this delicious entree in the fridge for a few days and break out when carb cravings strike. Get our Cold Pasta Salad with Baby Artichokes recipe.
Oats are a super food that assist with lactation, making these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a needed treat. The oats give the cookie a softness, the semisweet chocolate adds sweetness, and there is a gentle hint of cinnamon. This recipe makes a big batch, and these cookies can easily be stored in the freezer. Perfect for when the new parents need “just one cookie” (or “two”)…Get our Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
This filling stew is simple to make. Begin by braising the meat for about an hour with broth and red wine, and then add in the vegetables and heat until cooked through. Braising the meat first helps the cook avoid mushy protein. The stew is delicious over egg noodles or on its own with some warmed-up baguette to dip into all of that comforting richness. Place stew in smaller containers so the parents can freeze in batches and reheat when they’re craving that hearty one-bowl meal. Get our Easy Beef Stew recipe.
Who wouldn’t love bacon, cheddar, and eggs that are deviled? Sounds delicious and filling to us. These are the perfect snack for in-between mealtimes. Simply hard-boil eggs, cut in half, remove the yolks and mix with the usual mayonnaise (plus bacon fat rendered from cooking the garnish) and fresh thyme, then scoop the mixture back into the egg whites and top with crumbled, crispy bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Get our Bacon and Cheddar Deviled Eggs recipe.
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These vegan power bars will keep the new parents fueled, satiated, and content. They are chock-full of nutritious gems like wheat germ, flaxseed, unsweetened coconut flakes and cherries, rolled oats, and protein-packed walnuts and almonds. It’s easy to make a big batch and dole out smaller portions for snacking as needed. They are chewy, sweet and slightly tart, and absolutely delicious. Get our Cherry Power Bars recipe.
They say beer—especially Guinness—helps breast milk come in, so why not give the new mom a sweet treat that will give her a little physical boost? These cupcakes are moist and delicious with the Guinness adding fragrant chocolate and coffee notes. The cream cheese frosting adds a nice contrast and is reminiscent of the foam atop a freshly poured Guinness draft! Get our Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes recipe.
Frittatas aren’t just for an easy-to-execute brunch, they can be made for any meal. This particular recipe makes mini frittatas, which are great for quick bites. Packed with vegetables, with a lovely sweetness from the caramelized onions and umami flavor from the mushrooms, this is a healthy and filling go-to snack or meal that doesn’t even necessarily need to be heated up. Get our Onion, Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas recipe.
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This trail mix is super simple with only four ingredients! It has the perfect mix of salty and sweet; the saltiness and crunch of the cashews and sesame sticks pair perfectly with the sweet and chewy dried pineapple and mango. A great snack to grab in handfuls and keep them going. Get our Tropical Trail Mix recipe.
10. Chicken Marsala
Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American favorite in which chicken breasts are pounded thin, dredged in flour, and sauteed. A sauce made with marsala wine, broth, mushrooms, and prosciutto is ladled on top. The dish has a flavor profile of sweet, savory, salty, and umami. It’s great on egg noodles, served over rice, or eaten alone as a one-bowl meal, and reheats well up to a couple days after being made. In short, it’s a real crowd-pleaser—or new parent-pleaser! And it will make them feel a little fancy, even if they’re wearing sweats. Get our Chicken Marsala recipe.
Walnuts are a superfood filled with healthy omegas and will keep the new parents sustained since they are full of excellent, filling fats. The rosemary adds a woodsy flavor while the sugar and black pepper give the nuts a bit more depth. This is a great snack to have in small (or large) bowls in the TV room for easy reach. Get our Roasted Rosemary Walnuts recipe.
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