Meal Idea for New Parents (or anyone else you want to take food to)

On April 29, my brother and his wife welcomed their first son, B. He’s the first grandchild in our family and my first nephew!! Hubby and I were able to go to the hospital and meet baby B when he was about 12 hours old. He’s such a cutie and we instantly fell in love with him.

Last weekend was their first weekend home with the baby, so I went over there to help out. I watched baby B (who was napping) while C and J took a nap. I also cooked them dinner while I was there. I wanted to bring a meal that I could leave with them as well. Most people bring over casseroles or other freezer meals that new parents can heat up very easily. I wanted to do something a bit different. I decided to bring my crockpot French dip sandwiches.


I packaged it all up so they could prepare this any day they wanted to. I seasoned the meat with salt and pepper and wrapped it twice with saran wrap then once with foil. I then mixed all the liquid ingredients in a large jar. I cut a little circle out of decorative paper to put on the top and hand-wrote the instructions for them. I also brought a bag of rolls and some provolone cheese (forgot to include it in the pic).


The nice thing about this option is that they can freeze the meat if they want and have this after the rush of people bringing food passes. I also gave them a bag of frozen chocolate chip cookies. I just mixed up a batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough and portioned them out using my cookie scoop and froze them on a cookie sheet. Once they were frozen, I threw them in to a ziplock bag and wrote baking instructions on the bag (I did this before with some M&M cookies too. That way they could pop a couple in the oven to have freshly baked cookies any time they want them!

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8 Responses to “Black Bean and Bell Pepper Cous Cous Salad”

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    Cara — April 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    mmm what a perfect summer salad!

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    Jenny — April 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I make this all the time! It makes awesome leftovers and I throw in some grilled chicken and avocado. Yummy!

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    Kelly — April 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I love the salad, sounds delicious!
    I also love the newlywed map. Where did you get your map?

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    Jen — April 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Kelly – There is a link in the original post about the map.

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    Kerstin — May 1, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Mmm, this sounds so perfect for a summer potluck too! I can see why your hubby loves it so much 🙂

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    Valen — May 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Mmmm, looks delicious! A nice healthy salad.

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    Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan — May 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Yummmy! Great blog, I enjoyed my visit. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

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    hannah! — May 3, 2010 at 3:00 am

    this sounds really interesting! and oh so colorful.

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