Just wondering what kinds of resources you give to expecting families to prepare meals ahead of time. Any information is helpful, recipes, blogs, websites, etc...
This is a great question and so important. I've found that what works best for my friends is to ask someone to coordinate meals for you and your family for two weeks after the new baby comes. There are lots on Evite sites where people can sign up and someone can track what meals are coming and let you know or you can check it.
You can ask for a gift certificate to Whole Foods or a store where you can get easy take home meals as a shower gift.
You can freeze food ahead. Here's a long thread with ideas on freezing food ahead.
Make a list of easy to make meals and a shopping list that goes with the meals to have on hand already right after the baby. And, easy snacks because you'll want to eat and drink frequently.
Here's mealbaby, a meal registry.
And, mealTrain a meal calendar for new parents, etc.
Best to you!
Lots of people will say, "if there's anything you need, just let me know"...and it's really important to take them up on the offer to help, as hard as it can be. Practice this response: "Thank you so much for offering - I really could use a hand. Maybe you could bring dinner some day and come meet the baby?" People don't offer to help unless they're sincere, and they'll be delighted to spend some time with the baby too.
Best make ahead freezer cookbooks:
Don't Panic Freezer's in the Freezer
and the second edition Don't Panic More Dinner's in the Freezer, with slightly more healthy and interesting recipes: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0800733177/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0800730550&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=10A10ZRQP5R60NNPM794
And don't let your helpful friends/family cook from your made-ahead freezer stash...save this for the rough days once the help dwindles after a month or so!
Also suggest you can cook brown rice, beans etc ahead of time and freeze. As simple as they are to cook normally, it's much easier to just pull out of the freezer and microwave than to remember to set the rice cooker ahead of time or soak beans overnight.
Also I found I much preferred my family to bring takeout or a ready made meal rather than have them try to cook in my kitchen. Took too much management from us pointing out where things were.