Being a mom is hard. It doesn’t matter if your new baby is your first or your fifth — it never truly gets easier. Still, your life isn’t postponed just because you have a newborn. You still have to take care of yourself — and potentially other children, too.
Motherhood is rewarding, but sometimes, everything feels like it’s too much to handle. However, feeding yourself should never feel like a chore. These simple recipes are easy to make and often involve dumping all the ingredients into one container to cook — which makes them perfect for mothers who lack time.
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1. Southwestern Turkey Bake
This southwestern turkey bake takes only a short amount of prep time. You’ll want to sauté the onions and jalapenos before throwing all the ingredients together in an oven-safe pan. After around 30 minutes, you’ll have the perfect casserole for a household that loves a pinch of spice. You can garnish it with green onions, and it might last you a couple of meals — as long as you don’t want to finish the whole dish once you’ve tasted it.
2. Parsnip and Carrot Soup
This soup recipe is made in the slow cooker over the course of the day. It’s a great option for families who want to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle while appreciating the hectic energy that comes with a new baby in the home. This tasty recipe is gluten-free and works for several specialized diets. It might require some prep time, mostly for chopping up the vegetables, but you can also customize the ingredients to your liking.
3. Ground Beef Casserole
What makes this dish ideal for new parents is that it only requires five ingredients.
This ground beef casserole is also budget-friendly, meaning you can contribute more money to supplies for your new baby, like diapers or formula. With just a few soup cans and some potatoes and ground beef, you can have a cheesy, hearty casserole ready in less than an hour.
4. Chicken Parmesan Stew
This stew requires preparation ahead of time. It’s the perfect lunchtime meal, so you can get started on preparing it as soon as you wake up in the morning. It yields eight servings, making it a great option for busy families.
The best part? It’s low prep. The only prep you’ll need to do involves cutting up vegetables.
You need protein and carbohydrates to keep you energized as you care for your new baby. Sheet pan meals are the best if you have the time to prepare your ingredients but want an effortless meal you hardly have to cook. Plus, it’s an easy way to get most of your food groups in one meal. The vegetables can also provide energy and nourishment to keep you strong throughout the coming days.
6. Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? This recipe is great for anyone who wants to indulge in a heartwarming meal after a particularly tough day. You can stir in all the ingredients from the beginning, but you may want to cook the macaroni before dumping it in. Still, some people have had success putting uncooked macaroni into the crockpot for this recipe. Try it out a few times and see what you think.
You will definitely want to make this one more than once!
7. Chicken and Rice Casserole
This chicken and rice casserole takes just over an hour to prepare from start to finish. You can easily adjust it depending on the number of servings you want, and all you need is to dump the ingredients together in a dish. Casseroles are some of the easiest recipes for new moms, as you can pop them in the oven while your child is asleep and pull them out when they’re ready.
It’s a tasty recipe that will remind you that good food can be made without much work.
Sometimes, especially in colder weather, you need a hearty recipe that will warm you from the inside out — but you might not have the time to stand over a stove. This crockpot potato soup recipe is great because it doesn’t take too long to set up and cook. Many crockpot recipes involve hours of cooking time, but this one takes only 30 minutes. The frozen hash browns really allow this recipe to shine and make it even easier to put together.
9. Taco Casserole
This taco casserole could be a great recipe for your family if you want a spin on a traditional dinner or simply want tacos without their shells. This dish has a bit of spice, so be careful with how much seasoning you use if you’re worried about it upsetting your stomach. The recipe takes less than an hour, and there are up to eight servings with every batch. It’s great for a household full of kids who still want something exciting to eat while welcoming a new baby to the family.
10. Slow-Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Soup is great for families who are fine with cooking something over the course of a day as long as it involves little interference. You only need to block out about 15 minutes of preparation time for this recipe, and the other four hours can be spent waiting for it to be ready. The cheese and broccoli complement each other well in this recipe, and it’s sure to be a hit with everyone in your household.
Feeding Your Family During a Busy Time
When you have limited free time and are operating on an unpredictable schedule, you need a dinner or lunch recipe that can help keep you and your family well-fed and nourished. Casseroles and crockpot meals are some of the easiest ones to make because they require little from you more than preparation.
They’re perfect to have while your family adjusts to the dynamic of a new baby in the home — and they’re tasty enough for your baby to eat someday when they’re old enough, too.
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