It's very fun and very exciting! When a new baby is born, a friend will send out a calendar and other friends sign up to bring a meal to help out with those first few weeks when momma hood is a blur (and thankfully so, otherwise I don't know that we'd have more than one-can I get an amen!?).
Here are some things I've learned when it comes to making friends a meal:
1. Pasta is good but everyone else thinks so too. I try to stay away from pasta dishes because I know that 4 other friends will likely make a pasta dish.
2. Avoid garlic, onion, broccoli and generally anything else with flavor. Ha. Because nursing babies can be sensitive to what the momma is eating, you want to steer clear of foods that can make the baby's stomach grumpy.
3. Most people bring a salad to accompany a meal. Salad is great but when 10 people bring a salad, it can get a little old. Bring a frozen veggie instead. But not broccoli. Or cauliflower. Or... you get the point.
4. Always bring dessert. This is my personal preference. And the husbands like it, too.
The day I brought home my first baby (nearly 7 years ago!), my friend Rachael brought me a wonderful dish. It was SOOOO delicious that I practically ate the whole thing while she was standing there. I made it yesterday and I thought I would share it with you. It fits the new momma recipe requirements perfectly! It's not the healthiest meal you've ever eaten, but you can use light sour cream and soup if it makes you feel better.
Poppyseed Chicken Bake
1 lb chicken cut up
1 16 oz container sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 sleeve of ritz crackers (I used saltines and it worked fine)
1 stick of butter (I try to use a little less but it's never as good as using a whole stick!)
1 Tb poppy seeds
Mix chicken, soup and sour cream in casserole dish.
Crush the crackers in the sleeve. It's fun to do ;)
Melt a stick of butter then mix with the crushed crackers.
Add poppy seeds.
Spread on top of chicken mixture.
Bake covered one hour at 400 degrees.
That's it! Easy as can be. Serve with rice and a veggie. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.