Meet the Sullivans: Favorite Meals to Make for New Mamas from Seeing All Sides

December 21, 2015

Favorite Meals to Make for New Mamas from Seeing All Sides

Hi there, I'm Sarah - a high school math teacher by day and mama to two adorable boys, Brantley (3) and Holden (1), the rest of the time!  I'm a born-and-raised Iowa girl, but have called Kansas City my home for about nine years now!  I love taking photos, math, the World Series Champion KC Royals, the Rose Bowl bound Hawkeyes, anything Bachelor-related, being crafty, and summer (duh, I'm a teacher!).  I blog about my family, among other things, over at Seeing All Sides (our last name is Sides in case you were wondering what that's all about!).  Congratulations to Colleen and family on your newest little guy, Luke, and thanks for letting me take over your space for the day!

One of my favorite things about having a baby (besides the obvious) was being flooded with meals from friends and neighbors!  As most of us know, caring for a newborn is enough to keep a mama busy and the last thing you want to think about is what to make for dinner!  Not only that, but it's always fun to eat something that somebody else prepares and it always tastes better!  Since having my own babies and loving every homemade meal sent my way, I've made it a priority to do the same for others.

Here are two of my favorite meals to take to new mamas.  Coincidentally, both of my go-tos are "pies"! 

1 | Chicken Pot Pie

I love this recipe because it includes a meat and a vegetable and it's one of those hearty, comfort-food type meals that's good for the soul.  It's quick and easy to throw together and it can be baked immediately or frozen for later use.  

What You'll Need:
1 family size can (23 ounce) of cream of potato soup
12 to 16 ounce package of frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 pre-made refrigerated pie crusts

What You'll Do:
Combine first six ingredients.  Spoon into prepared pie crust.  Cover with second crust.  Crimp edges with a fork to seal.  Slit top crust.  Cover with foil and label with baking instructions.

What the New Mama Will Do:
Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.

2 | Spaghetti Pie

 This recipe is one I consider more kid-friendly, so this is what I typically make if there are older siblings involved. Like the chicken pot pie, it can be baked right away or frozen for later use.  I also usually include a package of rolls or breadsticks and a bag of pre-made salad for the family to enjoy alongside this.

What You'll Need:
8 ounces spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 24-ounce container of cottage cheese
1 pound hamburger
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

What You'll Do:
Prepare spaghetti according to package directions.  Lay in a 9x13 pan.  Melt butter; mix with Parmesan and egg.  Spread on top of noodles and mix in a bit.  Spread cottage cheese on top of noodles.  Brown and drain hamburger; add sauce and sugar.  Layer that on top of cottage cheese.  Cover with foil and label with baking instructions.  Don't forget to include the mozzarella cheese!

What the New Mama Will Do:
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Add shredded mozzarella and bake 15 minutes more.

Thanks for letting me share with you today!  Feel free to come visit me at Seeing All Sides!  Have a wonderful day and an even better holiday season!

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