Top Ten Nurturing Postpartum Recipes

As a doula, I'm often asked how best to help new parents during their postpartum time. The first thing that pops into my mind is "Bring them food! Not just any food, good food." I grew up in a small town in Virginia and bringing your favorite dish to a new family is the norm. It's how we nurture our own. Remember to always bring dishes that don't need to be returned. Also, include the recipe for the family. The following are a few recipes that are down home comfort foods as well as nurturing and healing recipes. Enjoy! 

1. Collard Greens

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51803/kickin-collard-greens/

For me collard greens always make me happy and remind me of home. They also provide an amazing source of vitamin K and can also be anti inflammatory. They can be cooked vegetarian or with bacon and chicken broth. This recipe calls for bacon and chicken broth, but here is a really yummy vegetable broth powder to use if you you'd like to make it vegan/vegetarian https://www.amazon.com/Rapunzel-Organic-Vegetable-Broth-4-41-Ounce/dp/B000E39T82. 

2. Quiche

https://www.thespruce.com/asparagus-quiche-with-mushrooms-and-tomatoes-3060059

Really any type of quiche is wonderful for new parents. I love them because they're super versatile and are chocked full of protein. I really like this one because of the mushrooms, mushrooms have a really high protein content. They also pair really nicely with eggs and cheese. Keep in mind that you don't have to make a fancy pie crust you can always either buy a pie crust or a puff pastry. Or you can omit the crust completely and use a few more eggs to beef it up some. 

3. Veggie Shepard's Pie

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/vegetable-shepherds-pie

Shepard's pie is my ultimate go to comfort food. This particular recipe has all the makings of a super healthy and filling pie. I enjoy making this for new families because it makes quite a bit and lasts a few meals. Give it a try. Feel free to omit a few of the ingredients if you don't have all of them. It'll still make for a really nice filling meal. 

4. Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup

https://feedmephoebe.com/hot-and-sour-soup-recipe/?utm_source=PL+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7169ebff03-2.10.13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b55896b35c-7169ebff03-76914125

Let me just say, this soup is amazing! Someone recently made some for me and shared the recipe and boy is it nurturing and healing. I felt a cold coming on and one bowl of this and cold symptoms were gone. I love how the ginger and hot sauce mingle to make this soup just what you need if you're feeling a little down. 

5. Healing Postpartum Soup

http://www.peacefulearthgracefulbirth.com/uncategorized/healing-postpartum-soups/

This just sounds amazing. Along the same lines as the hot and sour soup, this soup has key ingredients that have tons of nutrients such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, and kale. 

6. Tacos

http://www.cookingclassy.com/grilled-salmon-tacos-with-avocado-salsa/

This recipe is a fish taco recipe, but really any taco would do. I really like this recipe because it combines two great sources of good fats from the avocado and the salmon. New parents will really appreciate these because it may be a while before they're able to go out and grab a good taco by themselves. Who doesn't love tacos?!

7. Buttermilk Biscuits

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/southern-biscuits-recipe

Stay with me here. Are biscuits healthy? No! Are they comforting and amazing? Absolutely! They're great for quick breakfasts or even a snack. You can pair them with lots of different dishes. Also, Alton Brown is amazing! If you or the new family is interested in food science; you should totally check him out.

8. A Good Salad

http://damndelicious.net/2013/03/25/kale-salad-with-meyer-lemon-vinaigrette/

I'll admit salads can be hit or miss, but a good salad can be both filling and healthy. My suggestion is to make a salad that will hold up fairly well in the fridge for a few days, and has nuts and fruit and a good crumbly cheese. I've found that kale works really well as a base, just make sure you add sufficient dressing or package the dressing in a separate container. 

9. Breakfast Casserole

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/ham-and-egg-crescent-bake/093ec1f6-c267-4d9c-8af1-d48ab572b77a

This recipe is super simple. I love it because you can add whatever veggies or meat you want and don't have to change the recipe. This is great because you can either make it ahead of time and bring it to the family; or you can put everything together for them and they can pop it in the oven for a hot fresh breakfast the next morning.

10. Dessert

http://www.thisheartofmineblog.com/2014/05/27/recipe-rhubarb-bundt-cake-rhubarb-syrup/

This list would not be complete without at least one dessert! Here it is. I recently made this for my husband and I. This was an absolute hit! It's the best dang bundt cake I've ever eaten! For a fresh flavor I added the zest and juice of half a lemon to the cake batter and the other half of the zest and juice in the with the rhubarb syrup.