Bringing a baby home brings new levels of challenge to getting dinner on the table. Yet, soulful sustenance is ever so important; for healing moms, exhausted dads, and the babies those calories help to feed. That’s where this idea for a baby-shower alternative turned out to be one of our biggest butt savers during postpartum.
When a couple of my girlfriends back in Montana said they wanted to throw me a baby shower, we had to put our thinking caps on. I had just returned from Michigan, where my family threw a fabulous traditional baby shower that pretty much covered our whole registry. It already looked like a baby store had exploded in our house and we didn’t really need anything else. My due date was nearing and we were running out of time to organize a big to-do. That’s when my friend Marge had the idea to put together weekly visits from friends, rather than a regular party. Marge has two little girls, and knows how helpful it can be for a new mom to have a friend drop by and lend a hand, even for an hour.
I had been cooking furiously in the late-summer heat to fill our freezer with heat-and-eat meals, determined to save us from too many pizza deliveries and paper cartons of lo mein. So I called Marge and suggested that instead of gifts, maybe my buds could help out, by bringing a simple meal when they stopped by.
That’s exactly what they did, and boy, words like helpful, nourishing, and greatly appreciated cannot begin to express how nice it was to be fed during that crazy, sleep-deprived time. If you or a friend is expecting, and not in need of baby gear, I highly reccommend this “Drop-By Dinner Shower”. Not only did my closest friends get to come and meet James in a totally non-overwhelming way, they brought delicious, lovingly prepared, home-cooked food. There may be no greater gift for new parents.
I will never forget the day we came home from the hospital, exhausted, emotionally overwhelmed, and for the first time in charge of this uber-precious and tiny little boy. Marge rang the doorbell with a casserole dish of baked tortellini and some freshly picked green beans from her garden. If it weren’t for her, we would have probably eaten cereal for dinner.
Over the next month and a half, we received weekly visits from dear friends bearing gifts of hearty lasagna and mocha brownies, succulent pulled pork and cole slaw, warming African peanut soup with fresh bread and apple crisp, and even still-warm Chicken Saltimbocca with oven-roasted potatoes and a green salad. What a tremendous gift, to be fed.
Obviously not all delivery meals need to be freezer friendly, but it seems a good opportunity to list a few freezer friendly ideas. Whether you’re preggers or perhaps anticipating surgery and filling your own freezer, or doing a good deed and filling someone else’s, the recipes below can provide freezer-compatible inspiration. No matter the source or the occasion, we all have days where a ready-made home-cooked meal provides edible relief.