Post # 1
I’m only 9 weeks along but I have the summer off (study doesn’t begin again until the end of Feb) so my brain is turning to mush with boredom!
What is everyone planning to stock up on before baby arrives? And what do you have planned for freezer meals? I have a huge list but I’m wondering if there is anything I have forgotten.
For mamas who have already been through this, what were you pleased you stocked up on or froze, what was a waste of time, and what did you wish you had prepared earlier?
Happy to share my list if anyone is interested!
Post # 2
garnobella : I plan on making freezer meals starting around 36 weeks, but I really don’t have a list of them yet. Please feel free to share yours! Otherwise, I’m following this thread for tips 😉
Post # 3
I was sooooo glad I did freezer meals! Did I NEED them, no, but they sure were helpful. I made a mix of things…breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwhiches, lasagna, casseroles, soups, chicken pot pies, etc etc. The entire first month + of my son being born I didn’t have to cook at all basically. I would eat one of the prepped breakfasts (or like a granola bar), for lunch we’d have dinner leftovers and for dinner I would pull out a frozen meal in the morning.
I prepped them around 33ish weeks. Which I’m glad I did because I had my son at exactly 36 weeks due to complications.
Post # 4
I haven’t done it, but for new mom friends, I have either bought them meal prep kits from Blue Apron or the like, or else a meal prep place (here in MN we have Let’s Dish) and it’s gone over well. Maybe google some of those places and see what is on their menu? Or, if you get a coupon code, I realized it wasn’t that much more expensive than prepping it on my own, and a lot easier/cleaner!
Post # 5
Ive done this with both pregnancies (currently in labour with #2!). This time I made breakfast sandwiches, pumpkin bread, banana muffins, chicken spaghetti, enchiladas, chili and beef barley stew. I also have ‘oven food’ ready- things like frozen chicken parm that just can be tossed in 🙂
Post # 6
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I actually already do freezer meals and I’m 26 weeks today. I’m still nauseous and gagging all the time and if we don’t do them then we tend to eat out and we can’t afford it.
We just like to buy a bunch of meat and put a little butter and spices, wrap in foil and put in bags in the freezer. Enough for 1 or 2 weeks. Then all I have to do is stick that puppy in the oven with a baked potato and microwave some steamed veggies and it helps.
If it ain’t broke why fix it? I imagine I’ll be even more grateful we do this as a normal thing when the baby comes.
Post # 7
My Mother-In-Law made us chicken pot pies, casseroles, lasagna, pulled pork, soups, etc. I loved all of it, because it cut down on having to wash dishes from cooking. And we were already washing a ton of dishes from me pumping. The only thing we had that I was not into was tomato soup. I had to stop eating it in the 3rd trimester because it gave me terrible acid problems, and I was afraid to try it again. Otherwise, any pre-prepared food was a blessing as far as I was concerned.
Post # 8
We just always eat freezer meals. We do 2-3 weeks worth of lunches and dinners at once and most things reheat really well. Homemade soup in particular is so easy and tastes great. Just because it’s a freezer meal doesn’t mean it has to be some kind of pasta casserole
My favorite is lentil enchilada soup (I add crushed up tortillas and some sour cream after I reheat), and DHs favorite is chinese chicken stir fry or sweet potato sloppy Joe’s (which can double as breakfast). We also do frozen homemade breakfast burritos or “egg muffins” and a smoothie for breakfast. Pinterest has so many good ideas.
We figured out you can roast frozen veggies in the oven and it’s made meal prep days so much easier. Frozen Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, zuchinni, butternut squash, onions, peppers… whatever, comes right out of the freezer, tossed in oil and seasoning and thrown on a sheet pan for 15-30 minutes on 400*. Then we combine it with a starch and a sauce and freeze away.
We also use that method for non-prepared dinners. I’m a vegetarian but we get him individually wrapped salmon (target is the best tasting somehow) or chicken and then put it on a sheet tray on tinfoil next to a pile of frozen veggies with some lemon and olive oil and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning. Only one dish to clean and a fresh nice meal.
Post # 9
This is such a great idea! Only in the second trimester now, but plan to do this closer to the end so that I am not driving myself crazy after baby is here. I want to stay away from soups if possible, because baby will be here in the summer and Darling Husband will not want soup, but I want to freeze a bunch of crock-pot meals for easy prep! Following this thread for ideas!
Post # 10
garnobella : I filled up most of a small freezer before my second baby. Some things were good and others not as much. I did enchiladas, two types of meatballs (italian and asian style), creole chicken and white beans, a pulled brisket, some soups (broccoli cheddar- freeze without the cream and cheese though, mexican chicken/bean soups, beef stew), some other pulled porks for tacos, a pot pie, some type of noodle casserole. I also did some individual things- bbq chicken cheddar calzones, regular calzones, roast beef and cheese sandwiches (not recommend those as they were awful to reheat right).
Unfortunately around 8 weeks post partum I had to go off dairy so I didn’t end up eating a lot of what was in my freezer. I either made it for my husband to eat or it sat for almost a year and then I ate it lol. My second baby is 13mo and it’s totally possible I still have something from then lurking in my freezer somewhere. Otherwise, it would have been a lot better and it still did get me through the first couple months I guess. I also started filling up my freezer with milk so I had to start getting rid of freezer meals and making my husband eat them.
Post # 11
Freezer meals are so very very helpful post birth. And not just the first month or so. Also having easy to reheat/ prep one handed snacks/lunches. Portion up everything.
I did chilli, Bolognese sauce, veggie tomato sauce, meatballs, burgers, marinated chicken and salmon and pork for stir fries, soup, soup and more soup!
Also breakfast sandwiches, chicken pies, meat pies, cookies, muffins, quesadillas, taco meat, cottage pie, beef stew, lasagna, tuna pasta bake.
Slow cooker packs to thaw overnight and chuck in in the morning (so meat veg and sauce all in one bag)
Smoothies these I then froze in portions- they need a good shake when thawed. Smoothie packs for making fresh.
Post # 12
garnobella : I made Taiwanese dumplings, lasagna rolls and balsamic beef (for sandwiches). Otherwise I just stocked up on frozen chicken breasts, ground beef, stew beef, etc for meals that are quick anyway. 5 months in and there is some of everything still in the freezer. It seems I often just want to cook for normalcy’s sake.
Post # 13
I’m almost 35 Weeks and have started working on this task!
So far we have things like lasagna, breakfast casserole, beef stew, breakfast burritos, tuna casserole, and chicken pot pies (DHs favorite). I’ll do a few more things too. But we also have some frozen tortellinis, pizzas, meatballs and assorted dinners in there as well.
We have a lot of family near by so I know we’ll have people coming and going with food, so I’m not stressing too much. I’m focusing on some snacks now since I suck at eating on a reallllly good day, much less in my third trimester and I would assume post partum.
YogaMama : FX everything goes smoothly!!
Post # 14
YogaMama : Yay!! Good luck, Mama ❤️
Post # 15
I’m not pregnant and just made some mini frittattas for the freezer just to make mornings easier.
Some recipes are even formulated so they survive freezing better than others–Google is your friend.