Ideas for Meal

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  1. scienceteach82

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    Hello.

    My friend just had a baby, and I am on their meal list next Monday to bring a dinner. They don't like Italian too much. People have already brought or are bringing the following: Chicken/rice casserole, Turkey Dinner, Chili, Veggie soup...

    What can I bring that is good and easy? I want to bring it in a disposable container, or one they can keep...and not worry about clean up too much.
     
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  3. mmswm

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    A stir fry of some sort is easy. Bring along a container of rice as well.
     
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    Enchiladas!
     
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    How about a meat loaf? They can use leftovers for sandwiches.
     
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    How about fixings for tacos or burritos?
     
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    baked potatoes with a variety of toppings. bake them at home and take them over in a cooler (without ice!) to keep them hot!
     
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    Fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans (you can buy all this)
    Curried chicken and rice (I make it in the crock pot, lots of ingredients, but easy)
    Mac and cheese, cole slaw (I buy cole slaw and dressing)
    Braised lamb shanks (oh, so good, easy, but not cheap)
    Baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans
    How about a bag of green salad, some meat/cheese, rolls.

    For dessert, some ice cream and toppings, or a pie, cake, cookies. I am sure they will appreciate anything you bring them.

    No one ever brought me any food when I had my kids, what a great idea.
     
  9. Blue

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    These are all great ideas. I like the baked potato idea. You could go to Safeway and pick up some toppings from their salad bar.
     
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    Baked mac and cheese! You could put ham or chicken in it to make it a casserole, or broccoli.
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    Ugh...not pasta... I was thinking what some people brought me... homemade turkey pot pie & chicken alfredo.

    I have a recipe for chicken noodles (no red/white sauce) cheese & vegetables. You do it all in one pan & is easy. If you want the recipe let me know.

    I know this sounds silly but what about a couple frozen pizzas that they could throw in whenever they wanted.
     
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    Do you have a super suppers near you? You can organize a party for the new mom, and people will also get a discount. I had so much fun at those parties and lots of yummy food.

    You could also just pick up some takeout for them. Chinese, pizza, etc. Call ahead to see what they want. They might like actually picking it out instead of just bringing what other people bring them.
     
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    Silver I agree...there may be something they would really like. It may be something so simple.

    I know I requested the turkey pot pie from my grandma!!!

    I was just thinking sloppy joes or something in the crock pot.
     
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    What about fresh crusty buns or a baguette, sliced deli turkey, roast beef and ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and salad fixings?
     
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    What about some sort of soup?!? Like potato, stew, or chicken noodle.
     
  17. Ranchwife

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    Those of you suggesting Mexican or spicy food have obviously never had a new born with a tummy ache because the momma ate spicy food. Stay away from spicy food for a while!! I would make them stroganoff with rice or noodles, a salad, and dessert. Stroganoff is a comfort food and won't upset the baby's tummy, and usually lends itself to leftovers. I have a great and simple recipe that is very tasty if you want it.
     
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    I've made the easy stroganoff with Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. How do you make it, Ranchwife? And, Diznee, please post that recipe you mentioned.
     
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    Rotini Chicken

    Cube boneless Checken Breasts (I do about 3-4 depends if I decide to double & the size of the chicken breasts.)

    Pan fry chicken breasts. (I have used leftover grilled chicken breasts or a rotisserie & just heat it through)

    After cooked
    Add 1 can Chicken Broth
    2 cups Rotini Noodles
    Cover & simmer for 10-12 mins until noodles are done
    Add 1 cup shredded cheese

    Can add frozen veggies. I add veggies & put them in with the noodles. I have just used a steamer bag of veggies (just don't steam them), so we have used different types of veggies in it.

    I top ours with a little parmesian cheese... so YUMMY!!! This is of my lil ones favorite meals!!!
     
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    Grocery store gift cards. I received a few of those and bought some prepared meals and after surgery I received a couple Boston Market cards-those were great. I could pick what we liked.
     
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    Thanks, Diznee. That sounds easy. And you could use leftover chicken pieces, too. Does it thicken up at all?
     
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    You can use whatever chicken, I just put what I've used.
    The chicken broth just get soaked into the pasta...it doesn't thicken up a whole lot... a little at the end when you add the cheese.
     
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    If mom is breastfeeding you may want to steer clear of spicy foods (chili, Mexican, enchiladas).
    Here's a link to some ideas including breakfasts and lunches (a nice breakfast basket would be quite lovely- muffins, decaf teas...)
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/73148-meal-ideas-new-moms-breastfeeding/
     
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    Thanks again. She is bf'ing and formula feeding.
     
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    You know, I love chicken alfredo, and love making my own sauce. But, I can use a jar of good alfredo sauce and achieve a great dish. I keep a jar on hand, and use it for a quick meal.
     
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    Easy Stroganoff
    1 lb hamburger
    1 onion chopped (I use sweet onion so I use the whole thing)
    3 cloves minced garlic

    Cook all three in a skillet until hamburger is cooked through.

    To cooked hamburger add 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup, 1 container Naturally Yours Fat Free sour cream (this one doesn't separate when cooked), 1 tbsp beef bouillion granuals, and 1 can mushrooms (chopped). Let simmer for about 30 minutes. Add more pepper if needed. Serve over medium egg noodles or rice.
     
  27. Upsadaisy

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    That sounds quite a bit like what I used to make. We loved it with noodles. I used lots of onions in it. I never worried about the sour cream, but that brand is good to know about.
     
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    My favorite... one dish, easy, and the leftovers are just as good...

    Curly Noodle Dinner:

    Original recipe:
    1 pkg ramen noodles (I think the original calls for pork, but beef or whatever you have on hand works well)
    1 lb ground beef or turkey
    1 can diced or stewed tomatoes (any flavor you like)
    1 can corn (drained... I use a cup or so of frozen)

    1. Brown meat, drain
    2. Add remainder of ingredients to meat, and simmer until the noodles are cooked.

    Notes, changes, and additions:
    *My mom and I like adding a can of black beans (drained)... rinse if you like (I don't, mom does)
    *Salsa is a great addition
    *The seasoning packet is optional... I don't think it needs the extra salt or flavoring, but some people think it's necessary
    *You might need to add some water before cooking, depending how much juice is in your tomatoes... you want enough liquid to cover the noodles so they cook.
    *It's yummy with shredded cheese on top
    *Try different veggies instead of or in addition to corn... it's a very forgiving recipe

    *I've done this with pork chops and pinto beans instead of ground turkey and black beans.
     
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    Great recipes!
     

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