give food

It must be baby season. They’re popping out everywhere, and I’m no exception. If you’ve recently had someone in your life bring home a tiny bundle, a meal is the absolute best gift you can drop off (call or text first so you don’t interrupt parent’s precious sleep). Forget the cute newborn outfit (they have a million of them), the balloons and the flowers. Those parents are hungry and have no time to cook. Here are a few ideas for what to make.

Ragu Bolognese. This sauce recipe makes a huge batch, so freeze half for yourself and gift the rest with a box of pasta, a loaf of garlic bread and a salad.

Sweet Pepper Chowder with Parsnips. If you freeze this creamy, sweet chowder in individual portions, it’s super easy to heat up for a quick lunch or dinner.

Meatloaf with Apple Cider Ketchup. Make one for yourself and one for your friends. Freezes well.

Creamy Corn Chowder with Bacon. Creamy, comforting, filling.

Slow-Cooked Meat Sauce. Like the ragu, this recipe makes a large batch, perfect for freezing.

Mexican Lasagna. Layers of fluffy tortilla, beans, cheese, seasoned ground turkey, and sauteed tomatoes and onions. Gift with a side of sour cream.

Gemelli with Turkey-Spinach Meatballs. The pasta is actually cooked in the tomato sauce, lending extra rich flavor. The turkey meatballs have spinach for an extra kick of veggies.

Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bo Kho). Make sure your recipient is okay with spice if you plan on making this chili-laden stew. It’s sweet, smoky and spicy at the same time.

Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese. Need I say more?

And finally, Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies. Because after dinner there’s always room for dessert.

Give the gift of food. The new parents in your life will thank you! And for more inspiration, be sure to check out my recipe index right here.



  1. What a great round up! I agree with you…I would rather have someone bring me food than a new outfit!

  2. This was perfectly timed – I’m getting ready to make a meal for some new parents. I think your brownie/cookie combo will be the perfect dessert to follow up some chicken pot pie 🙂

  3. Hear, hear! Especially with #2 on the way I’m stocking the freezer like it’s Y2K. Hopefully I’ve given enough meals in the last few years to garner a few for ourselves. Here’s hoping you get some in return too!

  4. I would love to also suggest giving the food to them in containers that they can throw out. I loved all the people who gave me so much wonderful food.. but then I had a kitchen full of messy dishes…I had to wash them all and keep track of which ones went where and get them back to them. I kept thinking it would have been easier to have made a sandwich.

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