This post is sponsored by Calphalon to help celebrate the launch of their new expertly designed Appliances line. For this Vegan Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie I used the Quartz Heat Countertop Oven. Calphalon’s new line of appliances includes the (check out the Pumpkin Spice Waffles I made with it), (hello grilled veggies and mushrooms!!), Digital Sauté Slow Cooker (check out the Slow Cooker Stuffing I whipped up), Auto-Speed Blender, Quartz Heat Countertop Oven, and the Special Brew Coffee Maker.
One of my favorite commissions as a private chef in New York was to prepare meals for a woman who had just had a baby. Knowing how intense the first few weeks are with a new baby, a friend or family member would usually reach out to me to provide this incredibly special gift. I’d be sure to prepare meals that were extra nourishing, easy to digest, and colorful. Things like root vegetable stews, beet & black bean burgers, and hearty casseroles––like the Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie I’m sharing in this post–– were always a hit.
Now that I’m preparing for the birth of my own baby, I’ve been inspired to get in the kitchen and start preparing my postpartum meals now. Hiring a private chef is expensive (and lord knows how expensive having a baby already is), but if you can find the time before the baby is born you can prepare a month’s worth of meals to replenish yourself after baby arrives. My plan is to make and freeze 2 meals a week for the next 8 weeks. If you cannot make the time yourself, and you won’t have anyone cooking for you postpartum, then try recruiting your friends to prepare a couple of dishes that you can freeze.