Feed me, Seymour!

At my group midwife appointment last week, the facilitators—a midwife and a helper—were very concerned about food.

“Who will cook meals?” they asked. “Will friends or family bring you food? Has anyone frozen food ahead of time?”

The focus on edibles surprised me, but maybe it shouldn’t have. The first few weeks with a newborn, they explained, will leave only enough time for nursing and the most minimal of rest. You’ll have no energy, time or desire to whip up dinner, they said.

Plus, eating enough is vital to recover from labor and to produce milk for your new baby. Nursing moms should eat about 500 calories beyond what they did pre-pregnancy, most experts suggest.

So this weekend I launched myself into the project of feeding myself in the future. The tally for Saturday and Sunday’s work:

Our freezer is now stocked with individual portions of a few meals and snacks that can be eaten one-handed (for the multitasking mom I’ll become!).

Catherine RyanI won’t be surviving exclusively on burritos and muffins, though—at least I hope not. My problem is that I become incapable of making a decision about anything if I get too hungry.

Case in point: A few weekends ago, my mom visited Portland to take some maternity photos at Eric’s winery. The plan was to grab dinner afterwards, but Eric had to stay later than expected. When my patience and blood sugar bottomed out, I knew we had to get food immediately. But when Eric asked what or where I wanted to eat, I was immobilized.

We ended up going to the Red Hills Market for wine and herbed olive oil and, after a few (hundred?) calories, I could function again.

Knowing this, I’m trying to plan ahead. We have takeout menus for Laughing Planet and the Green Wok handy. I also made a short list of recipes (note to self: expand on this) I love and will eat at pretty much any time.

I figure I’ll add to this, but it gives me a good tool for when family and friends visit, want to help but don’t know what to cook. When I’m exhausted, near-delirious, struggling or just plain hungry, then, I’ll have some edible options.

What did you eat once your baby arrived? What are your favorite, easy summer meals? Help me out!

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  • July 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Okay, I’m probably too late, but my suggestion is stuffed peppers or tomatoes. You probably can’t freeze the bell peppers or tomatoes ahead of time, but you can have the mix all ready to fill them up. I like to put spanish rice, black beans, green chilis (you might want to skip that until you know how your baby will react if you’re nursing), cheese, corn and tomatoes (if you’re doing stuffed peppers) or diced bell peppers in place of the green chilis (if you’re doing stuffed tomatoes). I have also done it with white rice (or brown rice) and ground beef (you have some kind of substitute for that, right?), tomatoes, cheese and worcestershire sauce. Pre-make the mix, then when you’re ready, fill the tomatoes or peppers, top with cheese and pop them in the oven. If you prefer your peppers really soft then you’ll want to boil them for a few before you fill them. Oh, and if you’re doing stuffed tomatoes you can add the inside part of the tomatoes that you scoop out into the mix before you fill them. I hope this makes sense. I kept forgetting to do this so I’m trying to do it quickly before you have that baby! Good luck! If I think of anything else and have a minute to type it up I will.

    • July 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Adrienne, thank you! This sounds delicious! Regardless of whether I manage to make and freeze it ahead of time, this is a great suggestion for the family who’s coming to visit and will want to make us a meal. I’ll let you know how it turns out!


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