Oh the lovely weekend you are finally here! Are you doing anything exciting? This weekend is a very special one for us. We will be joining our dear friends to celebrate their twin boys’ (and later our son’s) First Communion. But first, I am making a meal for our other good friends who just welcomed their second baby.
It is a wonderful military tradition to support new parents, since we are almost always stationed away from family. When a new military spout is born, a meal train notification goes out and other families in the squadron get a chance to sign up and bring a meal.
We used a meal train too when Maria was born, and it was such a relief not having to worry about cooking for my family during those first few exhausting weeks with a newborn. Not to mention, all the meals brought to us were so delicious! We got spoiled.
So when an opportunity arises, I love to sign up and treat fellow military moms to a meal. It used to be so intimidating for me at first, but now I really enjoy putting together a menu and coming up with meals tailored to the family’s tastes.
My amazing husband took the kids to the zoo this morning, so I can cook away. It’s all about team work, right? 🙂 So currently I am rocking to loud music (Luke Bryan + a little bit of Bruno Mars + lots of Zac Brown Band) and pouring my little heart out into this meal. On the menu are sun-dried tomato and spinach stuffed chicken, quinoa salad with lots of chopped veggies and lactation cookies (all from the Fitnessista).
The lactation cookies came out so good! I just had to taste one for quality control, you know? Old fashioned oats and almond meal gave it a nice texture and a little bit of chocolate chips (well, actually a lot) will turn them into quite a treat. I skipped Brewster’s Yeast and hemp seeds but other than that followed the the instructions. Here is the recipe if you want to give it a try. You don’t have to be a nursing mom to appreciate how delicious these healthy cookies are 🙂
Meal prepping is something I’ve grown to love and enjoy but rarely do I have an opportunity to cook alone, without a little human being needing something from me every few minutes. This is so relaxing WOW!
Well, I am off to finish the meal and later meet with a few fellow military spouses before we head to the First Communion celebration. I’ll be back later to share more more food pics and recipes with you all. Hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend! Chat with ya later!
Tell me friends what do you bring to new parents? How do you prepare to welcome a new baby? Any favorite freezer meal recipes? Link away!