Mariel here. Well…our littlest addition finally made his big debut in early July. Ever since his arrival, I’ve been on baby time, feeding and sleeping in concert with Li’l Man while occasionally trying to rustle up the energy to pay a bill or write a thank you card. I can’t complain though. He’s a peaceful creature with a quiet, gentle nature despite being thrust – rather unceremoniously – into a strange, Alice-in-Wonderland-like world. My husband and I – and all eight of his grandparents – are totally smitten and we’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a lion’s share of help. My mom is actually staying with me for two full weeks and while she can’t help much with the night feedings, she’s been keeping me nourished during the day and making sure the house stays clean and fresh. In fact, it’s far fresher and cleaner than BEFORE the babe arrived. Since my schedule is so wonky at the moment and I never know when I’ll have time to eat, my mom has been focusing on making meals that are easy to prep, ready to reheat or freezer-friendly. Surely I’m not the only new mom out there, so in the spirit of community, we thought we’d share some of the recipes that have gotten us through the past week. Even if you don’t have a new baby running away with your waking hours, these will likely come in handy during those lazy summer nights when you’d rather do anything than make a meal.
Last-Minute Meals Hoisin Chicken Penne alla Vodka Rigatoni with Sundried Tomatoes, Pancetta & Fresh Mozzarella Curried Chicken Salad Stir-Fried Orange-Chili Beef Farfalle with Leeks, Fontina & Prosciutto Chipotle-Spiced Oven Tacos Veggie Soba Noodles
Freezer Friendly Meals (we recommend freezing in portion-size containers for a quicker defrost) Classic Lasagna Chicken Enchiladas Five-Minute Pesto Parmesan Meatballs Grown-Up Sloppy Joes Chipotle-Spiced Pulled Pork Pesto Plain & Simple Split Pea Soup Tuscan Sausage Soup One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese Pear, Pancetta & Gorgonzola Quiche Savory Marsala-Infused Mushroom Pasta Sauce Baked Penne Rigate with Smoked Mozzarella and Eggplant Tomato Sauce Well-Stocked Vegetable Soup Chicken Pot Pie with Sweet Potatoes, Leeks and Portabella Mushrooms Roasted Tomato and Kalamata Olive Pasta Sauce Classic Chicken Parmesan with Crunchy Panko & Smoked Mozzarella Tomato-Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives & Capers