Baked Ziti is a great meal for a busy week or as a gift to a new mom! Make this on a Sunday night, refrigerate it, pop it in the oven on Monday night for 20 minutes and you have a meal on the table.
A close friend of mine had a baby a month ago. I have been stopping over a lot lately and all of those memories of the first days of a baby’s life have come rushing back to me (I am beginning to have a little bit of anxiety about doing it all over again!). It is funny how when you are immersed in the constant feedings, diapers, and no sleep you think you will NEVER forget what that is like. As my son turned two years old last month I realized that I forgot how hard the first month is. Don’t get me wrong– it is a beautiful time in both your life and your baby’s life and I would not trade it for the world, but it is exhausting!
Disclaimer: The cheese isn’t melted in this picture like it will be when you cook it because I wanted my friend to be able to bake it so it was warm when she was ready to eat.
After spending time with my friend she has confirmed what I knew two years ago to be true. It is hard to function on no sleep! The things you once had the energy and time to do, like cooking a meal, doing laundry and cleaning your house, pretty much are non-existent the first month. So this leads me to today’s Baked Ziti.
My friend had a meal train set up for her where friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, church members, ect. bring her food throughout the first couple of months of the baby’s life. My turn rolled around and I knew I wanted to make this Baked Ziti Pasta dish. Not only is it easy to put together the night before, it also makes a large amount of food which is perfect for leftovers. I know a sleep deprived Mom appreciates having a meal for more than one day.
Have a great rest of your Monday!