New Baby Meal Recipe Round-Up
Some friends of ours recently had a new baby, and we signed up to bring them a meal. I don’t think there’s much more comforting and delicious than a perfectly roasted chicken.
The dinner is comforting without being heavy. It also keeps well if they don’t finish it in one day. I included two versions – one with plain risotto and a separately roasted chicken OR a one-dish risotto with leftover chicken. You can stir butternut squash into either recipe right before you pop it in the oven.
Here’s the one-dish Easy Butternut Squash and Chicken Risotto.
Alternatively, if you have leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken to use, here’s plain risotto that you can just pop in the oven to cook. Stir butternut squash in before cooking, or frozen peas right after taking it out from the oven.
And for dessert, we have quite possibly the easiest recipe ever. Warm some milk and sugar on the stove, stir gelatin into cold water, and then stir them both together. The end.
It’s a nice change from the cookies and brownies new mommies get with lots of the meals, too – and it’s a great way to showcase whatever fruit is in season.
And if Mom is avoiding dairy, check out my dairy-free coconut milk panna cotta. It’s ridiculously good.
However, I’ve decided that people who have recently acquired a newborn need to be fed dinner and breakfast. Dinner is nice – there’s no way a new mom has it together enough to cook a meal. Nor should she – I don’t think I got off the couch for a week.
But breakfast is really where the rubber hits the road. You’ve just been up all night long, and people are demanding food, and if Mom has nursing hanger, things get ugly. So this recipe round-up includes one of my family’s favorite breakfasts – baked oatmeal. Or as my oldest has dubbed it, “breakfast cookie.” I included a picture for the Berry Oatmeal but here’s a link for Apple Cinnamon as well. It’s delicious, simple to throw together, and heats up beautifully in the morning.
To make dishes easier, I baked the oatmeal into a disposable foil sheet pan, and I put the risotto and the chicken in another disposable sheet pan. I poured the panna cotta in sturdy, clear plastic cups, too. It’s a meal that will make any new parents happy!
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