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My little sister is following in my footsteps - she welcomed her third baby boy in as many years this past week. He's precious and she's exhausted. Which made me think about the seemingly dying custom of bringing a meal. And the fact that we should definitely bring it back. I am firmly in the camp of not asking anything of someone who has a newborn baby, and always bringing something when you come to visit. My first choice is generally a meal (and a small gift), because hey! Everyone has to eat, and new parents don't have the time or energy to cook. But if you can't make a meal happen, still don't show up empty handed. Bring a coffee, or book, or your two hands and go straight to the kitchen to wash some dishes! Definitely don't ask for a drink or snack, and please don't bring rowdy children. Just, don't.
My favorite meals to bring are one-pots because they're easy for me and really delicious. Usually chicken with something starchy and filling. Put together a full meal and try to include a bread, salad, dessert, and drinks. It's just the thoughtful thing to do. Oatmeal cookies are a great idea if mom is nursing, and maybe a couple cigars with a bottle of wine to enjoy after dinner.
If you're leaving something out, make sure to give new parents a heads up that you're not bringing everything. I even try to grab paper plates and disposable silverware so as to create zero cleanup. And I deliver everything in a dish that doesn't have to be returned. Usually a disposable roasting pan, but if you really love the new parents, you could totally gift them a nice cast iron or casserole dish with the meal in it! Let's bring the village back, folks. We can do it.
One Pot Roast Chicken and Acorn Squash, Ingredients:
- 2 bone-in chicken breasts with skin
- 1 acorn squash, halved with seeds removed
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- seasoned salt
One Pot Roast Chicken and Acorn Squash, Directions:
- Place chicken and squash in a broiler safe roasting pan (if you're cooking for more than two, you can make a full bird and more squash, just increase the cook time).
- Place half a tablespoon of butter and one minced garlic clove in each squash cavity. Sprinkle everything with seasoned salt.
- Cover and roast at 375 degrees for approximately 60 minutes on center oven rack, until chicken is cooked through and squash is soft. Remove lid and turn on broiler for about 3 minutes to brown chicken skin.
This "Welcome Baby!" meal included the One Pot Roast Chicken and Acorn Squash with Apple Blue Cheese Walnut Salad, dinner rolls, and Oatmeal Cookie Bites. I also threw in a cute newborn pajama, and some Havana Honeys Cigars. I know I like to put a lot into my new baby meals, but I think it's because I've been in those exhausted new parent shoes so many times. This isn't about breaking the bank, so don't over extend yourself, it's about making things about someone else for a minute and being helpful rather than a burden.
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