When a friend has a baby, we often graciously say "let me know if you need anything" and mean well, but, most likely, that friend won't be reaching out for help. Sometimes she doesn't even know where she needs help. Instead, give her a specific way of how you can help. For me, my go-to is bringing over dinner. It was so helpful for me when friends and family made the extra effort to bring us meals. It was so nice not having to worry about shopping for the food and preparing the food. Plus, that allowed more time with my new family.
And by "meal" I really do mean any food - dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks and even just cut up fruits and veggies so your friend has some healthy options ready to go in the fridge. You know she is up throughout the night and will get hungry, so those easy grab-and-go foods are always a winner.
But, I know everyone is crunched for time because it is hard enough to get your own family's dinner on the table and lunches made. Well, I have the perfect solution! A quick and easy meal that is full of nutrition and bursting with flavor. It is always a hit with both adults and kids! These lettuce wraps are definitely a must-try, even if just for your own family weeknight meal.
I most recently made it for a friend who had a little boy in May and she already asked for the recipe.
1 pound ground turkey, chicken or beef
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 package/container broccoli slaw
About 1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
Drizzle of sesame oil
Boston or Bibb lettuce
Brown meat in a pan over medium heat. Add green onions and cook a few minutes longer. Add ginger, garlic and soy sauce and cook for about 1-2 minutes more. Add the broccoli slaw and cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the cooked brown rice. Add more soy sauce if needed. Once veggies begin to soften, turn off the heat. Drizzle with a little sesame oil and stir to combine. Serve in Boston or Bibb lettuce cups and top with peanuts.