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What do I bring new parents? - easy meals

By TBSP Erin

Just this past week TBSPEric and his wife welcomed their first child Arthur (or Art for short)  to the family.   

It's been a pretty exciting time for them.  I often hear from friends with families that the first weeks after a newborn arrives are some of the best, but most stressful.  Wanting to help out a bit, I thought...what could I bring the new parents to make things a little easier?  How about something to eat!  I decided on this highly rated Family-Favorite Macarconi and Cheese. 

I made it with some really excellent gouda cheese, and added a bit more salt and a dash of cayenne pepper.  See my variation here:  Homemade Mac N Cheese.  So, what makes a great gift recipe?

1.  Easy to re-heat.  You don't want to have to do a lot of work to get it ready to eat.  Try one of these great easy to re-heat recipe:

2.  Something they've been missing.  Sushi is a great example of something you should avoid when pregnant.  Bring the new parents something they haven't been able to eat in a long time.

3.  Finger-foods and easy snacks.  Having easy to heat meals is great, but something you need a little snack here or there at 4am.  This brownies-on-a-stick-recipe is absolutely amazing and perfect for easy one-handed consumption.  Here are a few more to try:

Have you ever shared a meal with a new family?  What are the best recipes you've either given or received as new parents?