Adulting: Meal Ideas for New Moms

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Here are a few telltale signs that you are becoming more of an adult: you spend your weekend mornings at Home Depot and doing what I like to call "yard work cardio", you sit out Friday night bar hopping in favor of Netflix and wine, and you start bringing new moms (who are also your friends!) food. 

One of our great friends had a baby a few weeks ago and I was so excited to use the whole "we'll bring food" gig as an excuse to meet the newest member of their family and hang out with them at the same time (read: ask all the questions about labor and parenthood). My dilemma was what the heck to make. I thought about what I would want if I was going nonstop and sleep deprived - most likely comfort food, something like bubbly mac and cheese. But I also wanted to make it plant-heavy because I feel like new moms are kind of like superheroes and need extra nutrients to fuel things like breastfeeding and staying awake for so many hours straight. Most importantly I wanted it to be really delicious and satisfying.

I decided to poll a few mom friends to get their opinion and thought it would be fun to write a recipe roundup post to add on to what they said. This way, the next time you want to bring a meal to some new parents, you can come here and rest assured knowing that these suggestions are all mom-approved and awesome. 

I appreciated fresh food after some take-out and frozen stuff. So things to make a big salad and some type of casserole or lasagna and something sweet.  

Here are two ideas I found that fit this: Vegetable Enchilada Casserole // Whole Wheat Shells and Cheese with Broccoli 

Something they can bake or freeze depending on when they want it. Also something that makes good leftovers. One of my favorites is enchiladas with all the toppings bagged on the side, along with directions to heat or freeze. I don't cook it, it's nicer I think to let them decide since who knows what their day/night looks like. 

Here are some freezable or leftover-worthy items: Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema // Lazy Girl Chicken Quinoa Enchiladas // Italian Sausage, Kale and Tortellini Soup

Something that she can eat with her hands in case she's nursing. And wine and coffee!

Here are some "finger food" meals: Smoky Chipotle Sofritas Tacos // Easy Thai Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thanks to all of the wonderful ladies that gave me advice! I ended up doing a combination of all of the above and made the components for Chicken Pitas with Feta and Tzatziki. This was actually a recipe from one of my favorite older cookbooks (Seriously Delish) but I had never actually tried it before. I felt like it would be easy to eat (no silverware required), hearty, and customizable because of all of the different toppings. Plus, it would be easy to double the recipe so there would be enough for us too.

Jacob and I worked together to do all of the prepping the night before and I packed up all of the fixings separately including the softest pitas, cooked diced chicken, butter lettuce, diced tomato, thinly sliced red onion, sliced cucumbers and the sauce, plus some hummus. Then I included a little handwritten note with the (incredibly simple) steps for assembly:

1) Warm the pitas

2) Stuff the pitas with the things

3) Add some sauce 

I think it was a hit! And more importantly, we had such a great visit with our friends. What's your go-to "mom meal"?