Easy, pre-made dinner ideas for new moms


The one common reality of life with a newborn is lack of time, especially when it comes to getting a homemade meal on the table. Eventually friends stop dropping off meals and treats. Rather than spend hours cooking while bouncing your new bundle of joy, here are a few alternate ways to serve your family healthy meals without toiling away in your kitchen.


Dream Dinners

  • 2124 W. Belmont Ave., (773) 697-4289
  • 740 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, (312) 733-4060
  • dreamdinners.com

With two city locations, Dream Dinners is the ideal option for new moms who like to cook but don't have the time for all the prep work that goes into each meal. With Dream Dinners, you select a certain number of meals from the wide variety of options available each month and go to one of their locations where the prep work has already been done for you. You just assemble the meals with their easy instructions, put them into Ziploc bags and pop them into your freezer at home. Literally an hour or two of assembling at their store gets you dinners for a month! Then you just defrost a meal and follow the quick cooking instructions, and it's a delicious dream-come-true for a sleep-deprived mama.


Meez Meals

With a cooler packed with fresh ingredients delivered directly to your door, it's hard for new moms not to love Meez Meals. All the ingredients already are prepped and you just follow the included step-by-step instructions and dinner is on the table in no time. The dinners are vegetarian and each week there are five meals based on what's fresh and in season. Meez Meals is a true time saver, eliminating the need for meal planning, grocery shopping and prep work.


Johnny Casserole

Taking care of a new baby can be exhausting. They say breastfeeding burns an extra 500 calories, so treat yourself to some delicious, homemade comfort food. Nothing beats a homemade casserole, and Johnny Casserole delivers. All you have to do it pop it in the oven. From creamy chicken pot pie to tasty tuna casserole to the cheesiest mac-n-cheese, these dinners will hit the spot and require almost no effort on your part. It's the ideal and delicious dinner solution for any hard-working mom.


Moment for Mom

With a newborn in the house, mom often is last on the priority list, especially when it comes to eating. Moment for Mom was designed to give mama that special loving she deserves with fresh prepared meals made specifically for her and delivered directly to her door. It goes beyond just dinner and offers an entire day or week of meals, including snacks and desserts. There are a variety of packages available, such as "dinners for two" and even "one-handed meals."


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