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A family member of mine will be having her new baby boy. They already have a DS who is almost two and I am quite sure they will be extremely busy once the new son arrives in less than a month. I am wanting to make them some dinners that can be frozen and easily popped into the oven.<br><br>
I am not looking strictly for casserole recipes, but anything that can be frozen and heated in the oven. In my mind, coming up with ideas is even harder b/c the father is a very talented cooker. He can really make some fabalous meals. Do you mamas have any ideas for me? TIA... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Lasagne! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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enchiladas or enchilada pie<br>
vegetable stew<br>
potato casseroles<br>
homemade bread can be frozen and reheated<br>
homemade cookies
 

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i just made lasgne for a friend, but since its just her and dh, i split the 9x13 into 3 loaf pans.... 3 dinners for the price of one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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cabbage rolls (if you like that sort of thing)<br>
stews<br>
spaghetti sauce, or baked spagetti (a lot like lasagne)<br>
chicken cacciatore<br>
Really, my entire repetoire consits of some sort of pasta with sauce, cheese or breadcrumbs on top and bake until heated.<br><br>
Oh, and homemade frozen pizzas! I make them on pitas or pannini bread.
 

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I have a lot of Cream of whatever hotdished if you like. Not the healthiest but am sure you could improvise.<br><br>
Large muffins that they can freeze and set out overnight to thaw and eat in morning.<br><br>
Lasagna<br><br>
Soups<br><br>
Tater tot hotdish, again you could improvise recipe<br><br>
Loaves of bread they can freeze<br><br>
Homemade cookies
 

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soup is good, roast chicken is good, things like meatballs are easy. i've prepared hamburgers for a family before and all they had to do was grilll them.<br><br>
i love lasagna (i'm not a big casserole person, though), but i've found that most everyone brings things like lasagna because it's easy to transport, so when i have the time i try to bring something that is different than whatever everyone else is probably bringing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> people get tired of lasagna after awhile, at least we do! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> anyway, just my thoughts on that.<br><br>
most people probably don't mind things like burgers or pork chops or something that they have to cook themselves as long as it doesn't require any assembly, so sometimes i think it's good to just prep it all and them let them fix it at their convenience.<br><br>
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Here are a few ideas based on food items I got after I had Olivia and those I've made for friends:<br><br><b>Quiche</b> (spinach or lorraine or any combo of cheese, veggies and meats)<br><b>Stews</b> (beef bourguignon, beef stew, chili, chicken chili, irish stew, chowder)<br><b>Shephard's Pie</b><br><b>Pasta Bake</b> (combo of pasta, meat, veggies, cheese, sauce, etc. mixed together)<br><b>Chicken Enchilada Casserole</b> (easy on the spice/onion for nursing moms)<br><b>Chicken/Rice dishes</b><br><br>
I have recipes for any of these, so please let me know if you want more information. Good luck!
 

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mac&cheese<br><br>
soups and chilis frozen in single bowl size for your friend and her son to pull out for lunches<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here are a few ideas based on food items I got after I had Olivia and those I've made for friends:<br><br><b>Quiche</b> (spinach or lorraine or any combo of cheese, veggies and meats)<br><b>Stews</b> (beef bourguignon, beef stew, chili, chicken chili, irish stew, chowder)<br><b>Shephard's Pie</b><br><b>Pasta Bake</b> (combo of pasta, meat, veggies, cheese, sauce, etc. mixed together)<br><b>Chicken Enchilada Casserole</b> (easy on the spice/onion for nursing moms)<br><b>Chicken/Rice dishes</b><br><br>
I have recipes for any of these, so please let me know if you want more information. Good luck!</div>
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I'd love the spinach quiche & shephard's pie recipes if it isn't too much trouble. I have a friend who is due any day now and I'd like to start getting some meals ready for her. Thanks!
 

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When I had my second son in April I really appreciated (and enjoyed) the following favorites:<br><br>
meat loaf<br><br>
split pea soup (any & all soups actually but the split pea just really hit the spot the day it arrived)<br><br>
egg salad<br><br>
Really basic "comfort" type foods worked for me. I don't eat any of the above items usually (or very rarely) yet the were all so very yummy in those first few dazed weeks. Salads with homemade dressings were also most welcome. I'm forgetting something key -- I'll post again when/if it comes to me!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Meat loaf is great if you know they like it. My dh loves it and so do all my kids. Also it can be heated up easily to it alone or as a meatloaf sandwhich!!!! Dh loves those too.
 

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Not exactly a casserole, but qualifies under the "can be frozen and easily reheated" category: fajitas, burritos, and calzones/hot pockets. Wrap them individually, and then pop them all into a big ziptop bag. That way the parents can take one or more out as needed, for quick meals or late-night snacks.<br><br>
I don't have actual recipes, but can tell you how I make these things if you need some guidance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
HTH!<br>
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I love potato recipes, especially in winter! Ummm, I mean, I love to make potato recipes for other people! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Do you have any you're willing to share? I make scalloped pot. and ham, but I'm looking for other ways to use potatoes in casseroles. TIA!
 

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I read what I thought was a GREAT suggestion on another board:<br><br>
Someone's mother made her a bunch of meals for when their DC arrived. She made all of the meals in the exact same pan, and froze each one in the pan, too. Then she took them out and sealed them in a freezer bag. When she dropped the meals off, she dropped off the pan as well, so all they had to do was unbag and reheat. I just thought this was clever, though time-consuming.
 
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