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Are you getting ready to have a baby? There are so many things to think about and prepare for, it can be super overwhelming.
I am here to help to make your pre-baby life a little easier!
When I was expecting my first baby, she was making me wait all the way till the 41st week! I was so ready for her!
While waiting, day after day I kept cleaning and cooking for the freezer because my nesting instincts were in extra high gear.
I was very happy I did though because feeding my husband and stepdaughter after the baby was born was a lot easier and I definitely didn’t have time to clean then.
Ever since, I have had two more babies and learned a thing or two about what meals work for a family, what meals will freeze well and how to eat healthier.
Remember, your freezer meals are only as good as your freezing method and prep. I had to learn that the hard way.
Don’t skimp on quality bags, foil, and containers and don’t try freezing foods that weren’t meant to be frozen. (I disagree with not freezing cheese. Frozen shredded cheese is totally awesome)
Today I am going to share with you 10 yummy freezer meals you can prepare before your baby is born.
No, they are definitely not all casseroles.
They are all fairly easy, kid-friendly recipes that you can double to have even more to freeze.
I hope you love these meals and they serve you well post-partum!
Image credit and recipe: Add A Pinch
This is a recipe I make at least a few times a month. Not only is it a family favorite, it’s quick and freezes well.
I use less sour cream and add a little bit of honey (or another sweetener) to the sauce because I find it too tangy to my taste.
I like to buy a rotisserie chicken, mix it up with taco seasoning and fill the tortillas with that instead of just plain shredded chicken.
2. Pre-Cooked/ Pre-Marinated Meats
Sometimes, the best way to cut down on cooking time is to have the meat prepped ahead of time. Trimming, cutting, browning, marinating and cleaning up meat is tedious, so why not do it in bigger batches?
Ground beef or turkey can be browned in the crockpot too, and just divide it into quart size Ziplocks, label, and freeze. Now you have meat prepped for meals that require browned ground beef (most often Italian or Mexican).
Photo credit and recipe: Allergy Awesomeness
Just trim and cut up the chicken the way you like, and throw in ziplock bags with the marinade and freeze. On cooking day, thaw and proceed with your preferred cooking method.
Another option is to marinate and grill the chicken, then slice it and freeze it for quick meals.
3. Beans and Rice Burritos
This meal is very filling and works really well for quick lunches.
Make this super easy refried beans recipe from the Money Saving Mom. Then fill tortilla shells with refried beans, Mexican rice, and cheese. Roll up burrito style, wrap in foil and place in freezer bag.
To reheat, either put it in the microwave or in the oven. Enjoy with sour cream and salsa.
Image credit and recipe: Genius Kitchen
I love no-boil lasagna noodles! If you have never tried them, you’re missing out!
This recipe is fast because it uses the no-boil noodles and you can cook it straight from frozen, just make sure to double the cooking time.
I like to freeze mine in an aluminum pan and wrap it really good with foil.
Image credit and recipe: The Pioneer Woman
I adore The Pioneer Woman’s recipes, and this one is no different. This chili is choke full of all things healthy for a new mom: veggies, beans, avocados, broth. I also tried adding browned ground beef, and it was just as great.
I recommend cooking the chili first, and then freezing it in portions in Ziplocks or wide mouth mason jars.
6. Southwest Chicken
Image credit and recipe: Grace and Good Eats.
This is a great recipe to have on hand for tacos, nachos or even soups.
I love that it is creamy, but make sure to freeze the chicken without the cream cheese and only add during the last few minutes of cooking.
7. Pulled Pork
Image credit and recipe: Slow Cooker Gourmet
Pulled pork can be used for sandwiches, tacos or on its own with a starchy side. It’s so versatile, it should be in everybody’s freezer cooking list.
Just prepare the spices, rub it over the pork and freeze in double ziplock bags. On cooking day, there is no need to thaw, just put it in the crockpot and cook it all day.
Of course, you can cook it first, shred and freeze in portions, up to you!
8. Ziti/Spaghetti and Meatballs
Recipe: Real Simple
Make the recipe according to directions, then freeze in a freezer-safe container (I beg you not to mess with anything else. These are the best!).
You can also cook your noodles according to directions, and freeze in a large ziplock bag.
Then just heat and eat.
9. TaterTot Casserole
Image credit and recipe: Mommy’s Kitchen.
An easy and comforting casserole for the whole family! I don’t like potatoes that have been frozen, and by using pre-made, and correctly frozen tater tots, I avoid the soggy potatoes problem.
I don’t like the texture and taste of potatoes that have been home-frozen, so by using pre-made tater tots, I avoid the soggy potatoes problem.
10.Beef and Vegetable Soup
Image credit and recipe: Grace and Good Eats.
This soup is nourishing and can be served with an easy side salad or whole wheat bread.
Since it uses frozen veggies, you can rest assured that you avoid the above mentioned soggy vegetable problem. Just add the noodles on the day of cooking.
By now I am sure you have noticed you cannot have a baby without owning a slow cooker.
You also cannot have a baby without these must-haves.
Though some of us have succeeded without some of these, I don’t recommend it.
Save that sanity!
I hope you make these meals and come back and tell me which one was your favorite.
What other freezer meal would you add to the list that worked for you?
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