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    Default Easy meals to prepare for new parents

    One of my (work) neighbors just had a baby. The couple has no family in the area (they are coming next week), so I thought I would prepare a couple trays of food that keep well and are easy to reheat. I am not the best at this stuff, so keep it simple, and please make sure these are things that I can make in disposable trays.



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    Lasagna with no boil noodles is pretty easy. Directions on the lasagna noodle box.
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    Tuna casserole. Soups are good too, and stews. You can make them and then freeze them in disposable containers.



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    Cashew Chicken Cassarole:
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 cup chopped celery (I used water chestnuts)
    1/4 cup shopped onion
    2 10 1/2 ounce cans cream of mushroom soup (I used cream of chicken)
    2/3 cup chicken broth
    4 cups diced cooked chicken
    4 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 cups cooked rice
    1 cup chow mein noodles (I used green onions)
    1 cup cashew nuts

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Stir in soup and chicken broth. Simmer 5 minutes. Add chicken and soy sauce. Cook over low heat 5 minutes. Stir in rice. Spoon into a 9x13 inch baking dish and bake until liquid bubbles to the surface, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle noodles and nuts on top and brown in oven. Serves 6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliCat View Post
    One of my (work) neighbors just had a baby. The couple has no family in the area .


    What a very thoughtful act of kindness. As badly as I cook I would send them a take-out menu with a gift certificate


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    Seconding Laura's suggestion of lasagna-Barilla has the recipe on their box of no-boil noodles. You can do baked ziti even faster-same ingredients except using ziti instead, and its almost as good as more labor-intensive lasagna.

    I prefer sausage instead of ground beef in either dish-more flavor. But ts great meatless, too.



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    Super Easy Turkey Chili:
    1lb lean ground turkey
    1 can whole kernel sweet corn
    1 can black beans
    1 can pinto beans
    1 can kidney beans
    1 large + 1 small can of Rotel
    Chili powder & cumin to taste

    Brown the turkey and drain. Put all ingredients in a crock pot, cook on low-medium heat for at least 3 hours. Can serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, corn muffins. Super easy.

    ETA: RINSE AND DRAIN THE BEANS! RINSE AND DRAIN THE BEANS! I just put this in the crock pot and realized that I had forgotten this very important step. Also, drain the corn.
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    No recipe to share but the best advice that was given to me when our first baby was on the way was to get throw away plates, cups and silver ware- think month long picnic quantity. That made meals so much simpler to not have dinner dishes to do other than the ones we cooked with...so maybe a nice supply of that to go with the meal you make will give them more time with their new one.



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