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Food to Bring a New Mom

My sister-in-law just had a sweet new baby girl last week. They live about 3.5 hours away so we’ll be making the trip to meet her this coming weekend. Since we planned the trip, I’ve been trying to think of what we could bring their family to help them through the first few weeks since I vividly remember how crazy they are. I should mention that they also have two other young children and while my sister-in-law seems remarkable composed on the phone, I would imagine she can use all the help she can get.

In brainstorming about what to bring her I started thinking about what I wanted in Liam’s first weeks. During those first few weeks of recovery, I loved it when people brought salads. I had a spinach salad every night for the first few months of Liam’s life as advised by my visiting nurse. I also loved when people brought non-traditional meals. Don’t get me wrong, I love lasagna but it seemed like we got a plethora of casserole-type meals which while easy to store and heat up, got old. I also loved people that brought non-dinner food items because I was hungry constantly. And those who brought meals in containers I didn’t need to clean and return scored lots of extra points. So, with these things in mind, here are some of the recipes I pulled as top choices:

1.) Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pecans. Delicious, particularly with the homemade strawberry vinaigrette.  (via OMGYummy)

2.) Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. I have an obsession with pulled pork. This recipe is great because it can easily make dinner for two families and the slow cooker does all the work. (via Skinny Taste)

3.) Sour Cream Enchiladas. Easy to make, easy to bring and delicious. (via CentsationalGirl)

4.) Raspberry Streusel Muffins. My favorite muffin recipe, especially in the summer. These are great because they are not so sweet that they’re inappropriate for breakfast but are sweet enough to subdue a sugar craving the rest of the day. (via AllRecipes)

5.) Fruit Salad. Certainly don’t need a recipe for this one but if you do want to use one, this one is great. (via CheapHealthyGood)

6.) Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars. These are a family favorite. I love making them to bring to someone since it makes a ton so there is always enough to leave a plateful at home. (via Hershey’s Kitchen)

I’m definitely planning on making and bringing a few of these this weekend. That and some cute pink and ruffle-y baby girl outfits. I’ll take any chance I can get to buy baby clothes that don’t have sports, pirates or trucks on them.


  1. Amanda June 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hey Rookie Mom,

    First off congratulations on the newest member of your family! I also totally agree with you on your “out of the box” type recipes to bring your sister-in-law. I remember after i had my first child everyone sending all the “typical” foods such as lasagna, pizza, chicken, etc and i just got tired of them after awhile. I love your recipe suggestions and I am sure your sister-in-law will as well!

  2. Maureen December 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I am working on finding good recipes for and these are some great suggestions! Thanks for posting!

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