One of my favorite things to do for new moms is bring them a meal. I show love through acts of service, and what mom doesn’t appreciate having dinner taken care of? It’s one less thing she has to worry about as she adjusts to her new little baby.
Since I have been bringing meals to moms for almost four years now I have found some things that really keep it easy on me while still showing personal thought and care for the new mom. Here’s one of my go to recipes when taking a meal.
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 1 package enchilada sauce seasoning
- 1 8 oz. can tomato paste (requested by seasoning packet)
- 10 burrito size tortillas
- 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- salt and pepper for taste
- 1 disposable rectangular aluminum foil pan with lid
In a saucepan, prepare enchilada sauce according to instructions on back of packet. When complete, allow to cool. In a skillet, cook the ground chicken until done, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese to cooked chicken and mix together.
Pour the cooled sauce into your pan and start assembling the enchiladas. Take one tortilla at a time and drench it in sauce. Place a big spoonful of chicken mixture in the center and fold up both sides before rolling the other sides together. Place seam down in the pan. Eventually, they should look like this.
Take remaining cheese and sprinkle on top. Write directions below on lid and that’s it! Remove cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15-30 minutes until warm throughout.
Now, there is usually enough left over to make your family a pan, as well, so this does double duty!
When I take a meal, I like to include some sides and a veggie, as well. For this recipe, I purchased pre-made beans and rice, which I then packaged in disposable Tupperware. I also chopped up salad fixings and transported those in a big Ziploc bag. Since I didn’t want to part with the entire salad dressing bottle (hey I wanted some, too!) I opted to give her a jar with a pretty tag explaining what it was. I also made sure to include a little treat for her older boy, chocolate bunny crackers. Overall it’s important that everything is disposable, so she doesn’t have to worry about returning a dish.
What’s your favorite recipe when cooking for new moms? Have you received a meal after having your baby?