I think one of the kindest things any human being can do is to bring a meal to a new mom. It’s just wonderful. This may seem sketchy and suspicious that I’m sharing these meal ideas when – ahem – I’m due for a baby soon.
But seriously. Every time I want to make a meal for a new mom, I wish I had a good list of what to make! So here is my helpful list!!
The first batch are “allergy-friendly,” which means that they can be made without gluten, eggs, dairy, or nuts.
It’s important that if you’re serving someone with allergy concerns, you run your idea and/or ingredients by them just to be sure.
Allergy-friendly meal ideas:
- Spaghetti (do gluten-free if necessary) and Allergy-Friendly Meatballs
- Southwest Chicken Chowder (note: this is yummy even in warmer weather, because you can top it with avocado, lime, sour cream, tortilla chips, etc. My friend Katie brought me this when I had my son Ty. I devoured it!)
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Roasted Chicken with root vegetables, Baked Apples, and rolls, if desired (our pastor’s wife brought us the most amazing roast chicken and veggies when my son was born…Simple and really hit the spot!)
- Kelly’s Cobb Salad, sans egg
- Red Chili & Cornbread (Not just for winter! Check out my post on How to Enjoy Chili in the Summer!)
- White Chili & Cornbread
- Pulled Pork BBQ, served plain or on rolls, with potato chips, salad, and corn on the cob
- Chicken Fried Rice (If your friends can eat eggs, stop and pick up a few egg rolls from the local Chinese restaurant to complete the meal! Check soy sauce to be sure it is a gluten-free variety.)
- Easy Pretzel-Covered Chicken (Use Glutino’s gluten-free pretzels for GF diets)
- Sweet and Sour Chicken, with cooked rice
- Chicken Pasta Salad (use GF pasta if desired. Add chicken to this Jamie Oliver recipe)
- Hawaiian Chicken Thighs – serve with rice, roasted potatoes, and a side of broccoli
- Rice Crispy Chicken, with baked potatoes, salad, and a vegetable (Note: Technically Rice Crispies are not “real food,” nor are they gluten-free. This recipe is so easy, and so satisfying, that I had to include it. Consult your friends for their dietary needs).
- Apricot-Soy Pork Chops – I’d bring maybe a cold potato salad, a pasta salad, or roasted potatoes? (Soy sauce can contain gluten, so check on brands.)
- A deli rotisserie chicken (Both Target and Earthfare make ones that are simply spices and chicken), bagged salad, and some fresh fruit (my sweet neighbor brought me this exact meal when I had my ectopic pregnancy…It was surprisingly amazing, and proof that you don’t have to slave in a kitchen for hours to
- The Pioneer Woman’s Cornbread and Beans (if your friends are eating allergy-friendly, check out my cornbread recipe.)
The following links are not allergy-friendly recipes. But they sure are yummy!
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Chicken Tetrazini
- Homemade Pizza – I love bringing pizza to new moms. Check out my awesome recipe with 10 amazing topping combos. Get a pizza box from a local pizzeria and deliver your pizza in the box with a salad on the side. Perfect meal!
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Quiche (my two favorite “fillers” are Tomato & Corn, and Bacon & Cheddar!)
- Chicken Tender Wraps (Bake tenders. On a large tortilla, layer sliced chicken tenders, cooked rice, shredded cheddar, fresh tomatoes and lettuce. Drizzle with homemade ranch dressing, and wrap up. Serve warm.) Serve these with exotic vegetable chips and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- Baked Ziti, with a side salad