5 Easy Meals for New Moms

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The first few weeks after your baby is born are a blur of midnight feedings, continuous rocking, and monotonous diaper changing, all while wearing the same pair of yoga pants and quite possibly with at least one breast hanging out of your nursing top (because you forgot to put it back — yes, that's a real thing.)

In taking care of a brand new life, a new mom will often neglect to take care of the person who brought that life into the world: herself. I remember going hours without eating, or having a bowl of cereal just because I knew I had to eat something. Luckily, I had great friends and parents who took care of me. My former boss and his wife brought a ton of gift cards and dinner to me one night after the birth of my son, and my mom (who was fortunately living nearby during my second pregnancy) helped with meals nightly — and clean up, too. That's part of it, right?

If you're not as lucky, or just want to be in control of your nutritional situation, you will have two saviors during the first few mind-numbing weeks of newborn life — your freezer and your crock pot. Here are five quick, easy and delicious recipes to feed your belly and lift your mood after your bring your baby home.

This savory and sweet creation will make you feel like you're on an exotic island, instead of sitting in a glider in your infant's room for 18 hours a day. Chicken thighs, soy sauce, pineapple chunks and juice, and garlic are all parts of this tasty dish. This crockpot meal can also be frozen for easy prep when you're ready.

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Ready now? You can get instructions here.

I don't know about you, but I love Mexican food. It doesn't get much easier than this easy make-ahead chicken enchilada meal. A pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the market and a few extra ingredients quickly come together to make a delicious meal. You can easily throw it all together during morning nap and keep it covered in the fridge until dinner time rolls around.

See the full instructions here.

 

Beef stew is one of my comfort foods. As we're heading into the winter months, this easy crock pot stew would be perfect for new mamas who are stuck inside with a new baby and going a little bit stir-crazy. This recipe can be fixed in advance and frozen for your crock pot. Stew is great because it can be eaten as a stew or served over rice (with a thick slice of french bread, naturally.) Here's another great crockpot beef stew recipe on Family Fresh Meals.

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Cheese. Chicken. Ham. Pasta. If that doesn't fuel a milk-making mama, I don't know what will. This easy casserole can be prepared beforehand and frozen in a throw-away casserole dish for easy cleanup. You'll need chicken, diced ham, onions, alfredo sauce, swiss cheese and penne pasta, among other ingredients. Cook the pasta, chicken and veggies, then put them all together in the pan with the other ingredients. This casserole can stay in your deep freezer until you are ready to eat it! Full recipe found here.

This is a delicious twist on the traditional stuffed pepper! The recipe calls for 2 pounds of ground beef, two large green bell peppers, onions, tomato sauce, rice, beef broth and a few other spices and seasonings. Pre-cook the ground beef, onion and bell pepper. This can be frozen, then mixed with other ingredients when you decide to cook the meal. Find the full recipe here.

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5 Easy Meals for New Moms

Amanda is a social media manager for a health care organization by day, a blogger and freelance writer by night, and a celebrity news junkie all the time! She's also mom to an amazing 2 year-old boy and wife to a great guy who indulges all her celebrity gossip (and sometimes tries to scoop her!) Amanda loves coffee, fashion, nail polish, cats, and Tim Gunn (not always in that order.) For more celebrity gossip, fashion, beauty and DIY, visit Amanda's blog, It's Blogworthy. ... More

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