I’ll never forget those first few weeks after we brought our new baby home. The days and nights swirled together in a sea of sleep deprivation and I lost all track of life as I previously knew it, while I sat on the couch, trying to nurse that sleepy baby, before he nodded off again. My postpartum tummy still looked about 6 months pregnant and stacks of booklets from the hospital sat on the table, waiting for the day when I’d emerge from the newborn fog.
I’d always been the kind of girl who liked to get dressed and have the house in order before having company, but during those first few weeks, I let my guard down as day after day, women showed up at my door with food for my husband and I to eat. Oddly enough, it felt wonderful to open my door to other women and let them in, while my house and my life were in such a chaotic state.
For 2 weeks, meals showed up daily. Instead of cooking, we rested, figured out nursing and soaked in every detail of that perfect new baby. Some of those women were close friends and others were ladies I’d barely ever spoken to. The meals they brought allowed us to eat well, while navigating the newness of parenthood.
Recently a new friend from my MOPS group gave birth to her first child. As I prepared this soup for her, I couldn’t help but smile. A new baby is the BEST thing on earth, but come on—-it’s also exhausting, especially when you’re trying to figure out nursing and tricky things like trips to the grocery store with a newborn.
Cooking for a new Mama is such a joy. If you have a friend who’s expecting a baby, will you consider blessing her with a meal? Make something for her and her husband that will nourish them during those first few exhausting and wonderful weeks. Cook something that is healthy for their bodies, with protein, some good fat and some substance. We can love on each other by providing a meal, and that’s a really special thing.
This White Chicken Chili is a simple crock pot recipe that’s definitely kid approved. My 7 year old said it’s “The best soup ever”, so hey! Give it a try!
- 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, uncooked
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 2 cans chicken broth (about 2-3 cups)
- 1 can chopped green chilies
- 2 cans white beans, drained
- dash of pepper
- dash of salt
- huge handful of fresh chopped cilantro
- Place whole chicken breasts on the bottom of a crockpot.
- Add cumin, garlic, chicken broth, green chilies, white beans and salt and pepper. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- About 30 minutes before serving, shred chicken and toss in a huge handful of chopped cilantro.
- Cook for about 30 more minutes and then serve.
- Top with sour cream, avocado, chips and shredded cheese.