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Easy Meals for New (& Old) Moms

When there’s a new baby in the house, there is great joy, excitement, transition — and total upheaval of routines and life. Mealtime, while one of the most important aspects of running a household, can be the trickiest to manage. Baby might be fussy, mom might be tired — but ya still gotta eat.

And even if you don’t have a new baby, there are all kinds of life changes, illnesses, and other seasons of life that make mealtime a challenge anytime, any season.

Here are some tried and true easy meals for new — and old — moms:

Feed that Freezer

Whether you fill the freezer prior to baby’s arrival or have friends bless you with some freezer meals, having a well-stocked freezer is a blessing. Some items, like frozen burritos or Chicken Bacon Subs are easy to cook from frozen. Others need a chance to thaw. You may have to give it a little thought the night before, but after that, it’s smooth sailing.

Quesadillas

Got tortillas and cheese? Then you’ve got the makings of a great meal. A little leftover meat or veggies can make your quesadillas a little more macho. Serve with salsa and a side salad, and you’re good to go.

If you own a griddle you can make many quesadillas at once which makes it an even bigger time saver.

Grilled Cheese

When I buy cheese on sale and bread on clearance, this is one of the most economical, not to mention, easiest meals I make. The panini press makes it even easier. My kids love to dip theirs in mustard, and everyone enjoys a bowl of soup or chili on the side.

Not only does a grilled cheese conjure up all sorts of memories for mom, but it builds memories with your children.

Chimichangas or Burritos

With grated cheese, seasoned taco meat, cooked or canned pinto beans, and a pack of tortillas, a hot and filling dinner comes together easily and quickly. Chimichangas are crisped burritos — super easy to make. A side of fruit or veggies makes it a more well-rounded meal.

If you have time, prep many burritos at once and stash them in the freezer for quicker meals later on. I simply roll a few dozen assembly line fashion and place then by 10’s in gallon-size freezer bags. Place in the freezer until ready to serve. Then pull just the number that you want to nuke or reheat in the oven or on the griddle.

Chili

Chili is a beautiful food. It needs no attention. Just throw some tomatoes, beans, meat and spices into the crockpot. And just walk away. At serving time, dish it up in bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Serve veggies and cornbread on the side. Dinner couldn’t be easier.

The caveat is if you have a nursing baby that isn’t crazy about beans and spices. I never had much of a problem with that. But, if it’s an issue, at least your family can eat! (And then enjoy some mom food on your own.)

Take-out

Let’s be real here. Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And a run through Del Taco for $0.49 burritos or a splurge on Chinese is something that I sometimes gotta do. Taking a break from the kitchen when there’s a new baby in the house is a great way to maintain your cool composure. We save time and effort in the kitchen, not to mention that clean up is a breeze.

As a new — or old — mom, it’s imperative that you create a list of go-to meals that are quick and easy. With a little forethought, you’ll have a great collection of ideas ready when you’re not ready to cook.

What is your favorite go-to meal?

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  1. Great suggestions. Grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, quesadillas and quick breakfast foods like scrambled eggs, toast & fresh fruit are my go to dinners for busy nights and nights when I’m just not up to making a big meal.

  2. Those are all great suggestions! We are also big scrambled egg eaters at our house. They make a great, filling, quick meal!

  3. Gail D. Grooms says:

    I make a pan of cornbread and heat up a couple of cans of navy beans. Heavily butter the cornbread and ladle the beans over it. Sounds weird but so good and soooo cheap.

  4. Our go to meal is toaty snadwiches :) Basically a grilled cheese, but with butter spead on the outside and cooked on griddle….yum! To dress this up a bit: make a mix of butter, grated parm, and a clove or two of garlic. Spread that on your sandwich and toast! add carrot sticks or apple slices, some yogurt and it’s a filling and super easy meal :)

  5. Jessica,
    How do you freeze the burritos without them sticking together?
    Also, what kind of tortillas do you use to make your freezer meals? I’ve tried using Mission & Chi-Chi’s in the past & once they are out of the freezer they either turn up too dry & crack all over or are all stuck together in a big mess.

    • @Cheryl, I wrap all the burritos individually in plastic wrap before bagging them. I’m wondering if you could flash freeze them?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Cheryl, I wrap the burritos with mostly room temperature ingredients. The tortillas are usu room temp, so I think that must be why they don’t clump together. I use the local brand of tortilla that Costco sells, Porkyland. (Yes, I know.) I have heard that others flash freeze them or wrap them in plastic or foil. So far, just a plain ziploc works for us.

  6. spaghetti is our go to meal and what we call CHOP. Corn, Hamburger, Onions and Potatoes. Brown the meat, then set aside and fry thin sliced potatoes and onions in butter until tender then add back in the hamburger and corn for the last couple minutes to heat up. A little prep time for the potatoes, but it usually only dirties 1 skillet for a quick clean up.

  7. Marinated chicken breasts (soy vay veri teriyaki)a bag of stir fry veggies and 3 pkgs of Ramen sans the seasoning mix is my go to meal. My family loves it and its super easy to pull together.

  8. I always have ingredients on hand to make grilled cheese sandwiches. It is my go-to meal, and I can add a lot of variety with different ingredients. Tomatoes, eggs, ham, specialty bread, fresh herbs…. the possibilities are endless.

  9. * Grilled cheese and canned soup
    * Breakfast – eggs & toast, pancakes, waffles, etc.
    * Hot cereal – oatmeal, Coco Wheats (esp if one of us isn’t feeling well)
    * if we have leftover chicken or roast beef: fried rice or cream-of-something casseroles
    * snack night – crackers, cheese, sausage slices, jams, etc.

  10. Looking for some good meal ideas. Happy Menu planning. Have a great week.

    Nina (Author)

  11. My top tip is to use the slow cooker! Get dinner going in the first nap of the day and whatever goes pear=shaped, great smells will be wafting from the kitchen all day. Great for babies who won’t settle and for avoiding cooking with a cranky toddler around your ankles. Buy a rice cooker and you’re even more hands free!

  12. I found this post while searching for some good recipes to bring for my sister who just had her second child.
    We do lots of those things – minus the take out, our budget just won’t allow it.
    Here are some of my common suppers that don’t take long:
    -pancakes, heat&serve sausage, scrambled eggs
    -grilled cheese with lunch meat
    -spaghetti with meat sauce and a side of canned fruit
    – anything in the slow cooker!

    I also do some ready to heat freezer meals, like chicken broccoli alredo, chili, stew, and some casseroles (i’ve blogged about most of that!). Having something frozen that just takes a few minutes in the microwave helps in a pinch!
    Great post :)

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