So you are visiting the new mom with lots of love, gifts, prayers, and blessings for the little one, right? And for the mom? While everyone would congratulate her and may even bring a gift for her, you can make it different by surprising her with a scrumptious treat! After all, she is busy looking after her little one, and is hardly paying attention to cooking and eating.
Here are some delicious and simple recipes you can prepare for the special new mom:
1. Tuna Casserole
This updated casserole recipe is delicious and pretty quick to prepare.
Short pasta (such as penne, rotini, or fusilli), ¾ package
Diced tomatoes (canned), 1 ½ cups
Frozen corn, 2 cups
Salsa (mild or hot, as the mom likes), ½ cup
Black olives (pitted and sliced), ¼ cup
Fresh cilantro (chopped), ½ cup
Solid tuna (drained) 2 cans
Tex-Mex shredded cheese blend (divided), 2 cups
Set the oven to preheat at 375°F. Set salted water to boil in a large pot over high heat and cook pasta according to the package directions. When done, drain and set aside.
In a large casserole dish, combine corn, salsa, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese blend, cilantro, and olives. Add tuna and pasta and stir gently to combine. Add the remaining cheese blend on top and set to bake for 20 minutes and serve this delicious meal to the new mom.
2. Oat-Cinnamon Pancakes
Serve these delicious pancakes with bananas, powdered sugar, and maple syrup!
All-purpose flour (leveled and spooned), 2 cups
Brown sugar (packed), ¼ cup
Salt, 1 tsp
Baking powder, 1 tbsp
Old-fashioned rolled oats, 2 cups
Cinnamon (ground), ½ tsp
Milk, 2 cups
Vegetable oil, ¼ cup + more to grease
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and oats (1 cup) in a food processor and pulse to combine well.
In a large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, and milk. Add the dry mixture along with the remaining 1 cup of oats in the wet mixture and whisk to form a thick batter.
Grease skillet and place over low-med heat. Drop 2-3 spoons of batter in the skillet and spread. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping on the other side. Cook for another few minutes until done. Make all the pancakes and serve with bananas, maple syrup, and powdered sugar.
3. Blackberry Parfait with Honey-Coated Nuts
Feed the new mommy this delicious and entirely blissful treat!
Pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp
Oats, 1 tbsp
Almonds (sliced), 1 tbsp
Honey 1 ½ tbsp
Greek yogurt (vanilla), ½ cup
Fresh blackberries, ¼ cup
Fresh blueberries, ¼ cup
Combine pumpkin seeds, oats, almonds and honey in a bowl and set to microwave for 45-50 seconds. Remove and allow to cool.
Cover the nuts with spoonful of Greek yogurt and garnish with blackberries and blueberries.
4. Banana Blueberry Smoothie
Serve her with this delicious and creamy smoothie and make the new mommy fall in love with you.
Frozen or fresh blueberries, 1 cup
Vanilla yogurt, ¼ cup
1 extra ripe banana
Almond or whole fat milk, ½ cup
Ice cubes, a few
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender one by one and pulse at high to mix until smooth.
Serve chilled with fresh berries.
5. Pomegranate and Orange Salad
A refreshing salad is extremely welcoming by a new mommy. Try it out!
Ingredients for Dressing
Olive oil, ¼ cup
Orange zest, 1 tbsp
Orange juice, 2 tbsp
Apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp
Dijon mustard, 2 tsp
Buttermilk, 2 tbsp
Shallots (minced), 1 tsp
Rosemary (minced), ½ tsp
Salt, ¼ tsp
Ingredients for Salad
Spinach (1 bunch)
3 large oranges
½ shallots (thinly sliced)
1 large pomegranate
Rosemary leaves, 1 tbsp
Ground pepper, to taste
Salt, to taste
To prepare the dressing, whisk the juice, zest, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, and buttermilk. Add rosemary, salt, and shallots. Set aside.
To prepare the salad, cut the bottom and top off the oranges. Peel off and remove the pith. Cut into thin slices. Pour ¾ of the dressing over the spinach and coat. Spread spinach on a platter. Place oranges on top. Scatter with shallots and pomegranate seeds. Pour the remaining dressing, season with salt and pepper and top with rosemary leaves. Enjoy!
6. Chicken with Basil and Cheese
A cheesy chicken recipe she would definitely enjoy!
Boneless chicken breast (with skin), 3 pieces
Montrachet cheese, 5 oz.
Basil leaves (fresh), 3 large
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Set the oven to preheat at 375°F.
Prepare a sheet pan and place the chicken breast over it. Using your finger, loosen the skin, leaving it attached on one edge.
Now slice the cheese and place it under the skin along with large basil leaves. Pull over the skin and cover the entire meat.
Drizzle some olive oil, rub over the chicken, and generously season with salt and black pepper. Set to bake for 30-40 minutes. When the chicken is cook thoroughly, remove from the oven and the chicken is ready to be served.
7. Nacho Chicken Dinner
Crispy chicken treat new mommies can’t say ‘no’ to!
Corn tortilla chips (baked), 6 cups
Black beans (rinsed and drained), 1 can
Chicken (cooked and cubed), 4 cups
Prepared salsa (her favorite), 1 cup
Cheddar cheese (shredded), 2 cups
Set the oven to preheat at 350°F.
Prepare a roasting pan and arrange tortilla chips spreading them at the bottom. Top the chips with cooked chicken, salsa, beans and cover with cheese. Set to bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese melts.
Serve hot and crispy!
8. Beefy BBQ Cups
While going to visit a new mom, surprise her with this adorable looking dish! This can win anyone’s heart with it’s delicious taste.
Ground beef, 1 lb
BBQ sauce, ½ cup
Refrigerator biscuits, 8-10
Cheddar cheese (shredded), ¾ cup
Brown ground meat in a pot and drain. Add BBQ sauce and combine well.
Place biscuits into muffin cups and press nicely to the sides and the bottom. Spoon BBQ meat mixture in eat biscuit cup and cover with lots of cheese.
Set to bake for 10-12 minutes at 400°F. Allow the cheese to melt and remove from the oven. Pull out the cups from the muffin pan and serve warm.
9. Yangchow Fried Rice
A different variety of the traditional fried rice can really be her surprise treat.
Long-grain rice (cooked and chilled), 4 cups
Soy sauce, 2 tsp
Chicken stock, 2 tbsp
Salt, 1 tsp
8 medium shrimp (cooked)
Sugar, ½ tsp
Chicken (chopped), ½ cup
Vegetable oil, 2 tbsp
Chicken (cooked and chopped), ½ cp
Tiny peas (frozen), ½ cup
Green onion (chopped), ¼ cup
Bean sprouts, ¾ cup
Crumble the rice before stir-frying. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, chicken stock, sugar, and salt and whisk to dissolve sugar and salt in the mixture.
Chop the cooked shrimp and set aside with chicken.
Heat a deep, large skillet over med-high flame. Add vegetable oil and coat the skillet. Add chicken and toss to combine. Add shrimp and stir. Cook everything together for about 1 minute.
Add rice next and toss to mix. Add the chicken stock mixture and stir to combine all the ingredients. Add peas next and toss again.
Toss often as you cook until the rice is tender and hot and properly seasoned for around 1-2 minutes. Add green onions and bean sprouts in the end and toss to combine. Transfer all the contents in the skillet to a serving plate and serve hot.
10. Black Bean Crunchy Tacos
If the new mommy is the Tex-Mex cuisine lover, she would definitely appreciate this unique recipe.
Black beans (cooked), 2 cups
Red onion (minced), ½ cup
Fresh cilantro (minced), 2 tbsp
Paprika, 1 tsp
Ground cumin, ½ tsp
Salt, a pinch
Pepper jack cheese (grated), 1 heaping cup
8 corn tortillas
Vegetable oil, 2 tbsp
Ingredients for Topping
Add red onion, beans, cilantro, paprika, and cumin in a mixing bowl. Add salt and combine all the ingredients, slightly mashing them together. Set aside. Grate the Pepper Jack cheese and set it aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large, nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Placing one tortilla in the oil at a time, heat them for a few seconds. Place the bean filling on the half side of the corn tortilla and cover with cheese. Do not over fill.
With the help of a spatula, fold the other side of the tortilla to cover the filling. Press it down nicely. Cook for 2-3 minutes, browning the tortilla nicely. When done, remove from the skillet and place it on the platter. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Handle tortillas carefully or else the filling might spill out. Serve warm with toppings like sour cream, avocados, salsa, and hot sauce.
These 10 recipes would definitely make her day more special! Don’t forget to try some yourself too. Enjoy.
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