7 Recipes to Make for New Parents

Feeding yourself takes a back seat to feeding (and burping and changing and soothing) a new baby, leaving mere slivers of time for wolfing down food, let alone for whipping up meals, elaborate or otherwise. Which is why cooking for a new parent is an act of love. Dropping off soup, casseroles, or meatballs—all easy to make in big batches, freeze, and reheat—can help sustain parents in those first few weeks of navigating life with a newborn. (Or if you’re expecting yourself, many of these are easy to make and tuck away in the freezer a month ahead of time.) From savory hand pies to vegan enchiladas, read on for seven recipes that will elicit tears of joy from a new parent in your life.

Chicken meatball sub with gobs of fresh mozzarella

Meatballs are a supremely versatile gift—perfect to add protein to a big bowl of spaghetti, eat alone with tomato sauce, or add to a roll for a simple, fork-free meal. Elevate the humble sandwich with Food52 resident baker Erin Jeanne McDowell’s chicken meatball sub with gobs of gooey mozzarella. “While you don’t have to use fresh mozzarella for a melty, gooey sandwich like this, it really makes it so much better,” she writes. Drop off a big batch of meatballs in sauce, along with some sliced rolls, fresh mozzarella, and a box of bucatini to give the gift of several meals.

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Feeding yourself takes a back seat to feeding (and burping and changing and soothing) a new baby, leaving mere slivers of time for wolfing down food, let alone for whipping up meals, elaborate or otherwise. Which is why cooking for a new parent is an act of love. Dropping off soup, casseroles, or meatballs—all easy to make in big batches, freeze, and reheat—can help sustain parents in those first few weeks of navigating life with a newborn. (Or if you’re expecting yourself, many of these are easy to make and tuck away in the freezer a month ahead of time.) From savory hand pies to vegan enchiladas, read on for seven recipes that will elicit tears of joy from a new parent in your life.

Chicken meatball sub with gobs of fresh mozzarella

Meatballs are a supremely versatile gift—perfect to add protein to a big bowl of spaghetti, eat alone with tomato sauce, or add to a roll for a simple, fork-free meal. Elevate the humble sandwich with Food52 resident baker Erin Jeanne McDowell’s chicken meatball sub with gobs of gooey mozzarella. “While you don't have to use fresh mozzarella for a melty, gooey sandwich like this, it really makes it so much better,” she writes. Drop off a big batch of meatballs in sauce, along with some sliced rolls, fresh mozzarella, and a box of bucatini to give the gift of several meals.

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I’m a Luddite—But I’ll Still Let My Daughter Use This E-Learning App

Full disclosure: My family is a bunch of Luddites. We’re late adopters of new technology, non-gamers, and reluctant distance learners. But we do occasionally use educational apps at home, as a distraction in a car ride, or as a way to pass the time at …

Full disclosure: My family is a bunch of Luddites. We're late adopters of new technology, non-gamers, and reluctant distance learners. But we do occasionally use educational apps at home, as a distraction in a car ride, or as a way to pass the time at the dentist's office.

Educational apps are ubiquitous—my nine-year-old daughter uses them in the classroom, and her teachers used them when school pivoted online during the pandemic’s fiercest waves. And even now that school is back in session, her teachers still use Go Noodle, a YouTube-like platform with videos and games focused on wellness, mental health, equanimity, and resilience, and also Epic! Books, a digital reading platform for the 12-and-under set. Fellow Food52 parents also love Khan Academy Kids, an app that teaches core skills like literacy and writing to kids two to six. My personal favorite as a tech-averse parent though is the good old-fashioned library where we can spend hours browsing and reading books before checking out our favorites.

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Run a Business, Raise My Daughter & Keep My Cool? Here’s How That’s Going.

Six months ago, I was on the way home from the canceled Natural Products Expo when news broke about cases of coronavirus in New York City. Walking through the terminal at JFK, I saw people in masks for the first time. Nobody on the flight from L.A. had…

Six months ago, I was on the way home from the canceled Natural Products Expo when news broke about cases of coronavirus in New York City. Walking through the terminal at JFK, I saw people in masks for the first time. Nobody on the flight from L.A. had had one on, including me.

The city was on the verge of quarantine. My daughter Ramona’s school transitioned to wholly remote learning. I felt lucky that my business had been deemed essential, but with my kid thrown into the equation, everything changed. How would I manage full-time motherhood on top of full-time entrepreneurship? It seemed impossible, but I needed the money.

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12 Cleaning Secrets From Busy Parents

A Full Plate is a column about family life and the home by contributing writer Laura Fenton, who explores the intersection of sustainable living and home design through a mother’s eyes.

I keep a tidy and organized home, but the actual cleaning has a…

A Full Plate is a column about family life and the home by contributing writer Laura Fenton, who explores the intersection of sustainable living and home design through a mother’s eyes.


I keep a tidy and organized home, but the actual cleaning has always been something that I’ve needed to summon the energy to tackle. So I really had to muster up my cleaning courage when my home started getting dirtier a whole lot faster this year, with us at home more and eating most of our meals in, instead of out.

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8 Ways I’m Teaching My 5-Year-Old to Reduce Waste

A Full Plate is a column about family life and the home by contributing writer Laura Fenton, who explores the intersection of sustainable living and home design through a mother’s eyes.

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a tree-hugger, but it wa…

A Full Plate is a column about family life and the home by contributing writer Laura Fenton, who explores the intersection of sustainable living and home design through a mother’s eyes.


I’ve always considered myself a bit of a tree-hugger, but it wasn’t until I was expecting my child that I got serious about my efforts to reduce waste and my carbon footprint. Talking to other parents, I have realized this is a common experience: As soon as you start thinking about your child’s lifetime, you understand how important it is to conserve and protect our planet’s resources. Ironically, having a child also immediately makes it harder to live a low-waste life (hello, disposable diapers and an endless stream of plastic!).

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The Safest Plants to Have Around Kids & Babies

Decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting moments before a baby arrives. Unboxing the crib and painting the walls makes the upcoming wild reality, well, real. But as with anything baby-related, all decor choices—including houseplants—need to b…

Decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting moments before a baby arrives. Unboxing the crib and painting the walls makes the upcoming wild reality, well, real. But as with anything baby-related, all decor choices—including houseplants—need to be vetted (practically everything is a potential hazard).

Take my curious, rambunctious, and fearless toddler for example. There isn’t an item that he hasn’t pulled down from a table, or a small object on the floor that hasn’t gone into that mouth. (Why doesn’t he show the same enthusiasm during meals?!) So when it came to picking out the right greenery for his tiny room, I knew I’d have to research the safest options. But all the “best plants for children” lists I read online featured the same generic non-toxic houseplants. Surely there had to be something more interesting than a spider plant?

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