Whether you want to make meals for yourself postpartum or a friend, you’ll love these one-handed meal ideas for new moms!
Being a new parent is rough. If you have an easy baby who sleeps all the time, I am so happy for you. My first child was like that.
My second, my daughter, was not. She did not sleep through the night until she was 14 months old. The first year of her life is such a blur in my mind because I feel like I was always holding her or nursing her.
Anyways, between her and my then 2 year old, my hands were always full. But I had to eat! Breast feeding in particular made me extra hungry.
So, I got really good at one-handed eating and one handed snacks.
Beggars can’t be choosers, but especially if you are making frozen meals for new parents as a gift, try to really make it a rounded out meal!
It feels extra special to have extra sides and a dessert. I’ll tell you, after my son was born, someone brought us a meal that included a big pan of brownies. The brownies were such a treat I kept them all to my self!
Sides could be as simple as a frozen veggie or garlic bread, or even a bag of ready-to-eat salad mix. If the new parents already have a small child, you can’t go wrong throwing in a bag of frozen french fries or nuggets!
Things to keep in mind when gifting meals for new moms
Always use disposable dishes or things you don’t want back. No new parent wants to be washing and returning your casserole dish!
Be sure to ask if there are any dietary restrictions or special needs. Some breast feeding moms have to go gluten free or dairy free suddenly to deal with newborn digestive issues.
Check to see if they have a crock pot or instant pot before gifting a frozen meal that requires one.
If your meal is complemented well with a sauce – like barbecue sauce, sour cream, or salad dressing – throw in a bottle. Nothing worse than having to eat a dry baked potato, and new parent’s fridges aren’t always stocked!
Easy freezer meals for new moms to make themselves
It’s also great to make frozen meals before your baby is born so that you have ready to go meals for yourself. Nothing wrong with that!
When should I make freezer meals during my pregnancy?
Frozen food is generally good for about 3 months. If you want to have food for the first two months after having a baby, aim to make the meals during the final 30 days leading up to your due date!
Try to batch your cooking in one meal prep day and recruit a friend or family member to help!
How many freezer meals should you make before baby?
Honestly, the limit on frozen meals to make before baby arrives is your freezer space. The more meals you have, the better. Remember to leave room in the freezer for breast milk storage if you plan to breastfeed – the first few weeks are really wild.
When you are making meals for yourself, double or triple the recipe. It is no extra work and results in extra nights you won’t have to worry in the future!
One handed snack ideas
If you need a snack that you can eat with one hand while breastfeeding or holding a sleeping baby, here are some ideas:
Water bottle with a long straw (avoid hot beverages while holding a baby, hah)
Squeeze pouch yogurt (especially if you have these on hand for a toddler)
Pre-prepped fruit such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries
These Pizza Cupcakes are like individual deep dish pizzas, baked in a muffin tin. They are not only delicious, but easy to make and the perfect snack for game day, movie night and packing along in a lunch bag! And they can be made Weight Watchers friendly by using 2 ingredient WW pizza dough!
Here are the halloumi wraps everyone loves - kids and foodies included! With halloumi cheese, red pesto , avocado and walnuts these wraps are packed with flavor, done in 20 minutes and super easy to make.
Savory Camembert Turnovers with Honey-Roasted Turkey and Lingonberry Jam are quick and easy to make and full of flavor! Honey-roasted turkey breast is the perfect sweet and slightly smoky base. Camembert cheese adds savory flavor, and lingonberry jam adds a touch of sweet/tartness. Don’t skip out on the scallion here – it adds the perfect pop of flavor. And frozen puff pastry makes these pastries incredibly easy to put together!
This beef sausage hand pie recipe is a complete meal perfect for picnics as you can eat it at room temperature with your hands and without any mess. The filling is made with half beef and half pork mixed with diced carrot, celery, and onion and flavored with a touch of Cognac.
Vegetarian Empanadas are loaded with a colorful array of vegetables, including sweet corn, red and green bell peppers, protein-packed beans, and aromatic spices, all wrapped in an irresistible flaky, golden-brown crust!
A good lunch is filling, flavorful, and easy to make. And this Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap checks all of the boxes. Enjoy a healthy and refreshing family favorite lunch that’s economical and simple to make using leftover chicken.
You are going to love the mouthwatering aromatic flavors in these easy Chicken Shawarma Sandwiches. This grilled chicken sandwich will become your new favorite because it’s big on flavor, low on cost, and easily customizable to use ingredients you have on hand.
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Easy Chicken Pot Pie Hand Pies are a perfect solution for busy, on-the-go nights! Bursting with flavorful veggies and tender chicken, all wrapped in a thyme-accented crust … they’ve got all the comforting, homestyle goodness of traditional chicken pot pies, but are more nutritious and totally portable. Plus, they freeze great, too, so you can stock the freezer with your own healthy, homemade “Hot Pockets”!
These Easy Chicken Parmesan Wraps have all the cheesy, saucy, comforting flavors of your favorite chicken parmesan casserole ... a super-fast 15-minute meal that's perfect for grab-n-go eating on the run!! You can even make them completely ahead – and they’re freezable, too!
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