I know four little souls who came into the world this week. Two little boys (including my nephew, Dexter) and two little girls.
I love visiting new parents, it often feels like I’ve dropped in on the morning after a huge party. Everyone is wandering around, in pyjama bottoms – a little dazed – but happy, and usually in search of food.
In those moments, I’m always happy to cradle a little one while their parents take a shower, a nap or just change their outfit with two free hands. In the first few days it is the simple pleasures of normalcy that count.
To all the aunts, uncles, friends and family members of new parents, some words of advice:
1. Arrive with food. Never expect to be fed.
2. Do the dishes, even if you didn’t touch a utensil.
3. Tell them to call you if they need anything, but don’t wait to be asked. Consider what you would need if you had the flu, were tackling your most important work assignment, on three hours sleep, while entertaining your in-laws over Thanksgiving and take appropriate action :).
I’m excellent at cleaning out fridges and pantries. I can rock a baby for hours. But…new parents usual ask me to make food. Something healthful, quick and easy.
And…I make sure it can be eaten one-handed.
Hearty muffins and cookies are a great option for nursing Mom’s in need of quick calories. But to keep everyone feeling their best, I also like to find easy ways to load them up with vegetables.
That brought me to the salad roll solution
Salad rolls are one of my favourite snacks. You can play with the filling to match your mood or the season by adding in fresh fruits, beans, nuts, herbs, sprouts, or spreads. You can dress them up for a dinner party or keep them simple for a quick snack. This version, is just my basic-, everyday-, eat-your-veggies-, kind of roll.
I usually whip up a quick peanut sauce (and I swear I wrote down the measurements this time but they must have been cleaned up in my desire to leave the house spic and span). I owe you. In the meantime, the combination is always a mixture of peanut or almond butter, braggs or tamari, fresh ginger, sesame oil, lime juice and siracha or cayenne. I thin it out with hot water until it is perfectly thick for one-handed dipping. That’s it. Two seconds flat.
Since I was on such a rice paper roll….
I also tried my hand at Sarah B ‘s (inspired by Kittee) gluten-free samosas. I was amazed by how crispy the rice paper wrappers became when baked. Such a sensational solution to the time-consuming pastry version. Plus, one-hand eating friendly.
Even if you’re not a new parent, salad rolls and samosas are a great portable option for getting the good-stuff on the go.
Speaking of young souls, happy birthday to the one and only Amey. She turns 40 today and remains one of the most enthusiastic, energetic, beautiful beings I know.