16 Responses to “Expectant mom on bedrest needs your meal ideas!”

  1. Sewicked May 14, 2010 at 9:18 AM #

    Omelets make a great meal; and potentially a way to sneak vegetables into the diet as well.

  2. Aislinn Kerry May 14, 2010 at 9:32 AM #

    What about crockpot meals? I love them because they’re so quick and easy, and they always come out delicious. There are tons of recipes to choose from on http://crockpot365.blogspot.com

    Lazy Chicken (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/01/lazy-chicken-crockpot-recipe.html) is pretty much the easiest meal ever, and so delicious I’ve been known to forego the pasta and just eat the chicken and sauce.

  3. Jaci Burton May 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM #

    Roast in the crockpot is totally easy. Any size that’ll fit. Toss the roast in the crockpot, cover with 1 cup of water and salt and pepper or a pkg of dry italian dressing for flavoring. Roast on low for 8-10 hrs or on high for 5 hours. Nuke a few baked potatoes and open a can of veggies as side dishes, or steam frozen veggies in the microwave. Meal couldn’t be easier and still very yummy.

    And if you use those crock pot bags in the crock pot clean up is super easy since the crock pot won’t get dirty.

  4. Annie May 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM #

    Do they have a grill? Grilling is quick and easy and less clean up (no pots or pans). I usually buy large packs of chicken breasts and then divy them up into ziploc bags. Then on days I know I’m going to grill the chicken, I toss some marinade into the bag with the chicken in the morning, then grill in the evening.

    Also have an awesome pork chop recipe in the crock pot: brown some 1″ thick pork chops in some oil in a skillet, then toss into crock pot with a couple cans of chicken and rice soup. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Very yummy!

  5. Grace May 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM #

    I’m not interested in making things that take longer than 15 minutes either, which is about how long it takes to drive to Taco Bell. 🙂

    Sloppy joes with Manwich.

    Meatloaf is easy to make and can be put in a crock pot or just cook for 1 hour in the oven. You can have leftovers for another meal. Use Idahoan mashed potatoes in the envelope–3-1/2 minutes in the microwave, and SO GOOD!

    Spanish rice–cook ground meat with taco seasoning (and onions if you like them), add tomato sauce. Put in rice and liquid–I use quick rice like Minute Rice and chicken broth. I also like to add a can of corn (drained) and kidney beans (drained) and cut back on the meat and rice. At my house we put cheese on EVERYTHING, so after the quick rice finishes per directions on the box, turn off the stove and put your cheese on, wait 5 minutes to melt, and serve. You can also make this — or pretty much any dish–with canned chicken 12 oz.

    A dish I like to make with canned chicken is chicken or cheese flavored Rice A Roni with a can of chicken. SO FAST and tasty. I have 3 kids, but they are older (eat more!). We use 2 boxes of Rice A Roni and the big can of chicken, but you could try one box and a small can if that’s too much food–or keep it for leftovers for lunch.

  6. Megan May 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM #

    Pasta with alfredo sauce is very simple. You need:
    1 1lb box of pasta (rotini or something similar might be best for kids)
    1 16oz container of half and half
    1 stick margarine/butter
    1 container of parmesan

    Cook pasta. During that time, heat up the margarine and half&half in a saucepan or the microwave. Drain pasta, add liquid mixture. Add parmesan to taste (some people like it thicker or thinner..either way you will end up adding most of the parmesan) Stir.

    Takes 15 minutes at the most, depending on the type of pasta and how long it takes to cook. You can also defrost some frozen broccoli or peas and add that in.

  7. Megan May 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM #

    Stirfry is also pretty quick. You need:

    Whatever vegetables your kids will eat (frozen works just fine, you can get a mixed bag at the store)
    about 1lb Chicken, chopped up
    Soy sauce
    Olive oil or chicken broth

    Throw the whole bag of vegetables and the chicken in a large skillet, with about 2 tbsp of soy sauce and about 3 tbsp of olive oil/chicken broth. Can add more to taste. Cook until vegetables are thawed and chicken is no longer pink (about 10 min). Goes great over rice or just by itself!

  8. Lori May 14, 2010 at 11:11 AM #

    And if you use those crock pot bags in the crock pot clean up is super easy since the crock pot won’t get dirty.
    I love those bags!

    Easiest crock pot chicken ever. He won’t even need to defrost the chicken.
    4 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 pkg dry Italian dressing mix
    1 can of chicken broth

    Toss it together in the crock pot on low for 6-8 hrs. Serve it with store-bought loaf of bread (I wrap the sourdough in foil and heat it in the oven for 20 min so it’s nice and warm). Add a bag of salad and dinner’s done.

    Hoping everything works out well for your friend!

  9. Anah May 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM #

    If you have room in the freezer, have him cook up a value pack of ground beef and freeze it in a couple freezer bags (lie them flat and smooth them out and they can be put away in a small space – a sharp smack on the counter and shake should break the beef up so he can scoop it out). If he wants, have him cook half plain and half with taco seasoning.

    Another option that freezes well when pre-cooked is chicken thighs. They can be cooked in the oven on a foil-covered pan, cooled, diced, and frozen.

    This makes putting together tacos, taco salad, pasta with meat sauce, or other options very quick and avoids the issue of raw meat. Since you have young children, need to watch your own health, and have an inexperienced cook who is also wrangling toddlers there, you do not want a situation that would increase the chance of food poisoning. (I’m a former cook, caregiver, & nanny, so I worry about these things.)

    * half a cup of salsa and up to a cup of pre-cooked beef and a tablespoon of chili per package makes mexican-style mac & cheese. Throw in a cup or corn or so for added veggies.
    * beef + diced, cooked bacon makes “cheeseburger casserole”.

    Skinless chicken leg parts can be covered in BBQ sauce and baked after the kids are in bed, then eaten cold the next day. Chicken breasts can be steamed and sliced/diced for use the next day.

    Gravy (from the tin) + pre-cooked meat + frozen veggies can come together for a good hot meal over rice, potatoes, noodles, biscuits, or even toast.

    Lysol or Chlorox Wipes, BBQ foil (for covering pans), pump-style hand cleaner, and a good veggie wash/soak are some things your husband may want to add to the kitchen supplies, for convenience and safety. He shouldn’t hesitate to stock up on paper plates and plastic utensils, either. These can save sanity & time.

    I recommend the Mark Bitman cookbooks (How to Cook Everything) for guys. My partner has never been able to follow a recipe until I got those books. The library should have them. 🙂 Good luck & good health!

  10. Kristi May 14, 2010 at 12:29 PM #

    Stir Fry: Buy the frozen, pre-cut veggie blends, a meat (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, or round steak, or shrimp, or boneless pork chops, or go veggie), instant rice (they even sell instant brown rice these days), and bottled stir-fry sauce.

    Cut the meat into pinky-sized pieces. Cook them in a big non-stick skillet with a little oil (canola, vegetable, olive, “wok oil”, whatever you’ve got…butter even works in a pinch). Remove from pan, add frozen veggies (maybe with more oil) and cook till they’re warm. Add the meat back in and pour sauce over. Serve with instant rice. In our house, we sauce at the table as hubby & I like spicy and the kids like sweet & sour.

    Tacos: 1 pound ground beef, taco seasoning, lettuce, shredded cheese, jar of salsa, chips or taco shells or tortillas, sour cream. If you want more veggies (peppers, tomatoes, etc), buy it from the salad bar so everything’s pre-cut. Add frozen corn or rinsed, canned blackbeans for variety. The only cooking here is browing the meat and adding seasoning.

    Breakfast-for-dinner is a hit in our family: pancakes (can use a just-add-water mix), sausage or bacon (can buy pre-cooked sausage patties), add cut-up fruit (berries, apples, melon, whatever sounds good). Freeze extra pancakes and then thaw directly in toaster for quick meals later.

    Buy a pre-cooked deli chicken. Leftovers can be tossed with lettuce & other veggies for a salad, or wrapped in a tortilla with a sauce (bbq, sweet and sour, mayo, mustard, etc) and veggies for a wrap sandwich.

    If you do make something “fancy” like a lasagne or crockpot of stew or chili, make a double batch and freeze the extras for another night.

    spaghetti with meat sauce: brown 1/2-1lb ground beef, add jarred spaghetti sauce. Serve over cooked noodles. Add bagged salad for veggies.

    Our family’s salsa chicken (or pork chops) is also super easy. Heat frying pan to medium/med-hi heat. Add boneless chicken breasts or pork chops and brown on both sides. Pour a jar of salsa over them and cook until done in the middle (cover with a lid, maybe turn the heat down to medium or less if it starts to bubble or burn…). Takes about 20 minutes, depending on your meat. Serve with bagged salad or frozen veggies, or cut up the cooked meat and use it for a taco-type filling for tortillas.

  11. Voirey Linger May 14, 2010 at 1:04 PM #

    Crock pots are a dream. You just toss stuff in and leave it to cook all day.

    You can add your choice of herbs and spices to the following.

    Toss in:

    Roast, some small red potatoes (cleaned…men need to be told to clean them), an onion (peel, cut off ends and quarter, and a small package of baby carrots. Put in enough water or beef broth to cover add a little salt and pepper.

    A cup of rice, a can of condensed cream or mushroom soup (cream of chicken also works), and boneless skinless chicken. Add at least 2 cups of water, enough to cover.

    Cut pork ribs, pour a bottle of BBQ over them. You can also do boston butt this way for easy pulled pork.

    Roast, about 1 can of beef broth and one package of french onion soup mix.

    Sliced veggies (carrots, celery, onion potatoes) and potatoes, cleaned, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes. put a cleaned whole chicken or bonless skinless breasts on top and add 1 can chicken broth.

    layer the bottom with whole red potatoes and califlower florettes, put a cleaned whole chicken on top, smear a layer of brown mustard of your choice over the chicken.

    those are all simple crock-pot main meat dishes. Some have a side some don’t. Under 10 minutes prep time on almost all of them.

  12. Fedora May 14, 2010 at 2:15 PM #

    Here’s my favorite super easy slow-cooker thing:


    I usually chop up a cabbage and saute it in a little of the juice and serve that with the pork and rice.

    Best wishes to E and her family!

  13. Christine May 15, 2010 at 2:00 AM #

    Hi Angela

    Here’s a couple of easy peasy family meals.


    Two tins baked beans
    Two tins chopped tomatoes
    Eight Hot Dogs/Frankfurters/Sausages of choice. Chop each sausage into six pieces. (Low fat soya sausages are good too.)
    1 teaspoon Italian mixed herbs

    Put everything in a pot and simmer for about fifteen minutes. Serve with rice or crusty bread or pasta or baked potato or have on its own. The kids will love it!


    8oz Red Lentils
    1.5 litre vegetable stock
    1 Leek chopped
    2 Sweet Potato peeled & diced
    2 Carrotts peeled & diced

    Simmer lentils and stock for ten minutes, add vegetables and simmer for twenty minutes. Delicious! Everyone in my house loves this. Serve with Crusty bread fingers for the kids to dip. Trust me, they’ll love it!

    Good Luck E!


  14. Laura May 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM #

    Try Skillet lasagne. It is like hamburger helper, but with no unpronouncable ingredients.

    Oven roasted chicken is easy. Use stove top stuffing as a side dish and kids will love him.

    If it were me, I’d hit the library or book store and get him a cookbook of 30 minute meals.
    Or check the web:


  15. Smitty May 17, 2010 at 5:18 PM #

    Another crockpot chicken recipe:

    4 boneless chicken breasts, frozen works great
    2 cups salsa (whatever type you have, although Pace or Newmans are my faves)
    1 packet taco seasoning (or 3T taco seasoning if you have the costco-sized jar like I do)

    Put ingredients in crockpot and cook 8 hours on low. (I layer the ingredients, but you don’t have to)

    Remove chicken from crockpot and shred. Meanwhile, add 4 oz cream cheese to sauce in crockpot and melt. Toss shredded chicken back in.

    Serve of rice (my preference) or in a burrito wrap (honey’s preference). Makes great leftovers too.

  16. dawn May 17, 2010 at 6:01 PM #

    just a reminder for the family that even the simplest things taste better on a pita instead of bread. 🙂

    the easiest chicken ever is chicken breast, orange marmalade and chili powder (combine chili powder and marmalade, coat chicken and bake at 350 for 30 minutes).

    chili over fritos is thought of as a ‘winter’ food, but it is simple and delicious in the spring and summer too. (or chili-cheese hot dogs – yum!).

    stovetop tatortot casserole is easy too (place tatortots in oven to cook as per directions, brown 1 pound of meat, add one can cream of mushroom soup and two cans ‘cut’ green beans, place tatortots on top of warm hamburger mixture and serve).

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