Today we will welcome our newest nephew into the family. We have been so excited about this new arrival. William and Tyler are so excited they are giddy. I too have been quite giddy. For the past several weeks I have been thinking about meals I could take to Julie and Isaac as well as some other friends who have recently had babies and still a few more that are close to their due date.
I decided I would share some of my favorite things to take to new parents. Also, for those who haven’t used Take Them A Meal you really should give it a try. It is super easy to use, sends you a reminder and you can see what others are taking so the folks you are helping don’t get a steady diet of spaghetti.
I always take something for dinner that can easily be eaten upon arrival or saved for later. I also like to take a breakfast option for the new parents. It seems like people like to take dinner to new parents, but honestly sometimes breakfast is just as important. Here again, I usually take something that can be fixed easily or just heated up. I have also read about (and love the idea) about taking frozen cookie dough as opposed to a plate of cookies. (Just make sure the recipient has ample freezer space before arriving.)
These are my go to recipes when taking food to friends:
Spaghetti and Meatballs – for a future meal
I bake the meatballs and freeze them then take a jar of spaghetti sauce and package of noodles. It can easily be thrown in a crockpot for an easy dinner. (They do need to cook the noodles separately.)
This is an all time favorite and always has rave reviews. Sometimes I just take the pork with buns fresh fruit and chips other times I will take rolls, green beans, and potato casserole.
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie and a nice tossed salad are a great option for fall and winter meals.
Poppy Seed Chicken
This recipe is always a hit and I think it originated as a meal Jeffrey’s mom received when they received meals from friends. I like to take cooked egg noodles, green beans, and fruit to accompany this casserole.
My mom took these to families when they needed a meal so it always comes to mind when I need to take something to someone in need. I round out the meal with buns, fresh fruit, and chips.
Those are some of my favorite meals to take, but I also love to take:
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Scones (I freeze the uncooked scones and label the package with cooking directions.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
What are some of your go-to meals to take to friends that could use a meal?