Post # 1
What kinds of foods did you make to freeze for the first few weeks? Or wish you’d made? I’m trying to decide what kinds of freezer foods to make so I don’t need to cook when the baby first gets here, but we aren’t living on takeout. Darling Husband doesn’t cook. Any ideas or suggestions would be great! Obviously lasagna, but I’d love other ideas that are pretty easy to pop into the freezer now, and would make for a decent meal. Thanks!!
Post # 3
I love making soup freezer meals, I also freeze them in portion size ziplocs so that Darling Husband can just grab one as lunch for work, or I can just take one out and thaw it for dinner/lunch when I’m at home.
My favorite soup meals:
cream of potato soup
Chicken Wild Rice soup
Also – crock pot meals are helpful. Buy whole chickens or roasts, pre-chop vegetables and freeze them – then just add it all to the crock pot in the morning and let is sit for 8 hours. It’s fantastic.
Bread also freezes really well, I love my honey beer bread recipe (no sugar! sweetened only with honey) that we serve with soup.
I also try to keep a box of pasta and jar of red sauce on hand for a quick meal too.
Frozen pre-made burritos. I got whole-wheat tortillas from Trader Joes, made some beef/chicken, added refried + black beans, rice, and cheese, then wrap them up and freeze them. You can make breakfast burritos the same way.
Don’t forget about breakfast/snack items too! My sister homemakes a bunch of granola bars to have on hand, also homemade granola is great (I have a great recipe if you want one!), frozen fruit/berries for breakfast smoothies (remember our green smoothies?! 😉 I have found that adding flax and chia seeds make them A LOT more filling too!!).
Hopefully that’s a good start 🙂 good luck!
I’m actually not going to pre-make any food because firstly, my husband cooks very well. Also, my sister/mom will be with me my whole first week. My friend is staying with me my second week to help out, and my Mother-In-Law is coming the third week. THEN I have friends from church who start a “take-them-a-meal” plan. I will be a blessed new-mom 🙂
Post # 4
Soups, chili, lasagna, enchiladas, pasta sauces, and risotto should all freeze well. I also second the idea of freezing berries and even bananas for smoothies. You can freeze homemade waffles and reheat them in the toaster just like Eggos too.
Post # 5
Quiche freezes well, home made pizza with lots of veggies, chicken and veggie pie- then all you have to do is pop them in the oven =) Maybe even get some chicken tenderloins and pre-marinate them, defrost and pan fry for a bit of variety. Good luck with your new bubs!
Post # 6
Risotto is a interesting one. I think rice/grains and how they don’t heat up well. How would you re-heat up risotto?
We have a whole host of Chinese custom things I’m suppose to eat/not suppose to eat so my mom will be here for 2 months after baby. Which means babysitter + cook extraordinaire! hehe
But I will be following this for the weeks after mom leaves and we’re trying to get into our new drop baby off/go to work/pick baby up routine!
ETA: Here are a couple old threads I digged up!http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/dinner-ideas-for-a-newbreast-feeding-mom
Recipes for food to make for new parents?
Ideas for meals to freeze for new parents?
Found some good tips online as well:
Post # 7
Chicken and quinoa/rice/noodle soup
Spaghetti sauce (just cook the noodles!)
Sweet and sour meatballs (make the meatballs up ahead of time and then toss in the crock w/ sauce, serve with egg noodles)
Sausage and bean casserole
Cook up a bunch of ground beef w/taco seasoning for quick tacos, taco salad or to mix into boxed mac n’ cheese w/ a little salsa.
Make up burgers, turkey burgers or salmon burgers to serve with a bag salad or oven fries.
Post # 8
Bag salads and frozen vegetables are your friend for quick salads and stir-fry!
If I know I am going to be really busy/don’t have enough casserole dishes, I use those disposable metal pans which makes the dishes even easier 🙂
Post # 9
My freezer meal list this time includes:
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Homemade Mac & Cheese (DD’s favorite)
- Sweet Potato and Bean Burritos (another of DD’s favorites)
- Minestrone soup
- Roast chicken
- Pot Roast
- Breakfast Burritos
- an assortment of breaksfast baked goods (some muffins, breads, etc…)
I’m making more this time than I did when I was pregnant with Dirty Delete because I think we’ll need easy meals for longer, now that I’ll have a toddler and a newborn to chase around. I also love the salad kits and the frozen veggies that steam right in the bag for easy meals, so we’ll probably stock up on those, too.
Post # 10
All these lists are GREAT! I’m definitely going to use some of them!
Post # 11
My all the time freezer meals are:
- Soups (butternut squash/veggie/chicken noodle/potato mushroom, etc)
- Martha Stewart freezer burritos
- Black bean burgers
- Mac and cheese
- Tuna Wiggle (tuna noodle casserole)
- Zucchini and banana breads
Post # 12
When our families asked what we needed for the baby, we told them that the most useful thing would be food that we could freeze! Here’s what we got:
Beef balls in sauce
Chicken in sauce
Pork in sauce
6 weeks in, I cooked only once, prepared a few easy salads and we ordered in a few times as a treat… But the freezer is still full. Now I am gradually going back to cooking so that we still have frozen meals for the challenging days.
Post # 13
Are there any tips for freezing this stuff? I can’t imagine I put my glass pyrex dish in the freezer with lasagne in it?
Post # 14
@heathaah: I get freezer zip locs, this is nice to freezing individual portion sizes of the meals instead of a big zip loc. You can also buy the cheap rubbermaid containers and freeze them in there. For burritos, I would wrap them in plastic wrap or wax paper first, then wrap in foil.
Wrapping bread/baked good items in plastic wrap then foil works well also.
Post # 15
We freeze just about everything! We like to put individual dinners in plastic baggies and then they become like lean cuisines for us. So easy!
@heathaah I freeze in my pyrex tupperware with saran wrap on the top to seal it tight, then it’s plastic lid. Seems to work fine for us. We have a pretty new freezer and I’ve never noticed freezer burn.
Post # 16
Buy the disposable foil stuff from the grocery store! You won’t miss your dishes then and can toss (or rinse and use again) when you are done.