I have a few guidelines I try to stick to when selecting dishes:
1. no casserole, baked ziti or lasagna. I think that is what most people do and it must get boring for the parents. In the winter I do chicken soup or chili with corn muffins, for summertime I do pasta salads or simple chicken meals.
2. I like to do a dessert that can double as breakfast or a snack.
3. I often pick dishes that I prepare but then the family bakes at their home. I figure something warm is a nice change of pace from sandwiches and cold pizza, also the good smells coming from the kitchen are a good "pick-me up".
4. All the food is delivered in disposable containers, yes not great for the environment but great for parents- no dishes to clean or return. I also toss in disposable napkins, plates and silverware (with a baby theme), just to make things really simple.
5. I try to pick dishes that can be frozen in case the family is overwhelmed with meals and would rather save it for a later time.
Number 5 made me think of the freezer meals Kim has been sharing. I thought I'd throw in my two cents. These are both quick and easy to make- they use kitchen staples, and freeze well.
I love this recipe- you can make a thousand variations.
Take a loaf of frozen bread dough (Bridgford is the brand in my store or you could use pizza dough but it makes a lot), rub the outside with butter or Crisco and wrap in plasticwrap. Once it is defrosted smush it out in a long flat snake shape. I then cut it in half length-ways, and attach the two parts to double the width. Brush on Italian dressing, then some dijon mustard and sprinkle with fresh herbs. Layer on toppings. Then roll it up- I tend to overfill mine and have to roll it in then pull the top up and over to close up the gap. Use tooth picks to secure. Top of with a drizzle of olive oil and herbs (fresh when I have them or an Italian mix).
Freeze or Bake at 350, on a foil lined sheet (mine always leaks) for half an hour. Service with pizza sauce for dipping.
This is a favorite of my former roommates, made many a weekend. From Betty Crocker's Bisquick Cookbook.Mix 2 1/2 cups of bisquick with 3 tbs of sugar, and 2/3 cup of milk (often need a splash more).
Dump on the bisquick covered counter, knead 10 times.
Roll to a 15x9 rectangle(ish-for me). Spread with butter/margarine.
Sprinkle with a cinnamon (2 tsp)-sugar (2 tsp sugar) mixture.
Roll up from the long side.
Slice (with a sharp knife or it rips) into twelve pieces.
Bake at 375 for 20ish minutes.
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 tbs milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter flavor
mix it all together.
What do you make to welcome babies/help new parents?