Post # 1
I’m planning on doing some major meal prepping and garden preserving (I do a lot of canning & dehydrating from the garden, and have been doing it for years) before I’m due in September so that hopefully for the first month or so Darling Husband and I won’t have to stress much about cooking or meals…we’ll just have things we can pop in the oven, or toss in a crockpot. Since we don’t have family around where we live, we can’t rely on anyone dropping by with a dish so I figured this will help us keep our focus on our new baby while still making sure we get decent healthy meals.
So, I was wondering anyone else done/doing this? Tips on how many meals to make? Favorite freezer recipes? We have a vacuum sealer, a chest freezer, plus a dehydrator & canning equipment so we’re pretty well prepared for any type/quantity of recipes. Also, we don’t have any dietary restrictions, so any recipes are welcome 🙂
Post # 2
Im commenting to follow mostly because I would like to do the same… I havent done much meal planning up until now but I know Ill be busy after the baby comes. I have tried freezing cabbage rolls and they were great though! I may make up a platter of those. We have also froze chilli and it tasted good after. I would love more suggestions though!!
Post # 3
I did a lot of things for my second baby. I did two types of enchiladas, beef stew, chicken enchilada soup, creole white beans with chicken, sour cream noodle bake, ham and cheese pockets, bbq chicken and caramalized onion strombolis, beef and bean burritos, pulled brisket, chili, brocolli and cheese soup, hawaiian pulled pork fajitas. Probably some other stuff I’m not remembering. The only ones that I didn’t think came out well (from the freezer) were my calzones and these roast beef sandwiches. It was nice being able just to put that in the oven. I tried to do some of those individual items (like the burritos, strombolis, pockets) so we could grab one at a time for lunch or whatever. Unfortunately after my baby was 2 mo I couldn’t eat almost any of it since I had to go off of dairy completely. So I still have a few things in the freezer. But I made a LOT and it lasted pretty much my whole maternity leave.
Post # 4
Ideas I’ve tried the past–I’ve attempted a few freezer recipes…I did “skinny sour cream enchiladas”. They were hit or miss, some attempts were good, some bad. I’ve done lasagna, and obviously that freezes and reheats great. I tried stuffed bell peppers, and it didn’t really work for me. I baked them ahead of time, and I felt like the texture of the pepper just wasn’t great.
I’ve done meatballs a number of times, both regular and turkey. I like using Skinnytaste’s recipe…she has a few for the instant pot that are really good, and they freeze well.
Lots of chilis and soups…with various results. Chili and this “african peanut stew” recipe both froze really well. Cream of chicken and wild rice soup–disgusting.
Also, I do breakfast ones sometimes. I’ve done sandwiches where I bake the eggs in muffin tins and assemble them onto english muffins with bacon. Those are always good. Same with breakfast burritos. Crockpot oatmeal used to also be a favorite of mine although Darling Husband doesn’t like it…I usually just put steel cut oats (cheap in bulk at health food stores), coconut milk, and water into the crockpot at bedtime. Then in the morning a divide it out into silicone muffin pans and freeze until they’re little oatmeal pucks, and pack them up into ziplock baggies. Then when I’m ready to eat them I add sugar or whatever else (jam and almond butter is my favorite).
Post # 5
lula0508 : Oh yeah, I forgot I did teriyaki meatballs and SK everyday meatballs . Both worked out well and were delicious. I did breakfast burritos and cookie dough balls as well. I would avoid cream based items. For my broccoli and cheese soup I did everything except the last step which is cream and cheese. So basically it was frozen broccoli soup in the chicken stock base. Unfreeze and then add your cream and cheese while reheating.
Post # 6
I do things like lasagne, shepherd pie, cannelloni, chili, stews… and I freeze them in individual servings. I also buy frozen pizzas or some other things we like like forzen fish or chicken burgers that can pop in the oven super easily. And then I really just need to buy salads or veggie trays and it makes for weeks of just reheating and super low prep meals.
Post # 7
I’m having my baby at the end of July and started slowly meal prepping in April. I made a list of how many foods I wanted to make. In my case 9-10 different things. So far I have quiches, frittatas, zucchini breads in case friends visit, meatballs, 2 different kinds of soups, and veal cutlets.
Two weeks ago I was lucky that my parents came up and helped me with soups and veal cutlets.
Now I want to add some sauce to my freezer and store bought sausage and just buy buns. My husband joked that after that we’ll need a second freezer.
When I add to my freezer I have an inventory called “Freezer for Baby.” Hopefully meals will help after my C-Section.
Good for you, OP. Gardening and preserving sounds like a great idea and if you do preserving you’ll have things for a long time. Have fun! 🙂
Post # 8
I didn’t do anything special outside of what others have listed – meatballs, chicken tortilla soup, split pea soup, chili, enchiladas, lasagna, burritos, muffins, and a few other casseroles (made 2 of most of these things). It made about 20-25 meals, so it was perfect for about 2 meals/week my whole leave, and a lot of meals had enough for leftovers. What I really wish I had done was made more or saved some for the first couple months back at work. Sometimes those months were more hectic than during leave!
Post # 9
We don’t have an ice chest so I’m limited to our small freezer. Also, we aren’t into a lot of the crock pot things. However, it’s going to be 80 degrees every day when our little one gets here. I’m going to make a few zip loc bags of two types of chili, split pea soup, and another soup (things we know we like) and – gasp – just buy stuff from Costcto and TJ’s to freeze, such as lasagna, the pre-shredded rotissery chicken, a huge bag of stir fry veggies, etc. Luckily, my husband is a very capable grocery shopper, cook and take out food getter:)
Post # 10
Yes yes yes! I did this before I had my son 🙂 I made a few different recipes, lasagna, chicken pot pie, a few casseroles, breakfast burritos, pancakes and muffins etc. It was a life saver the first few weeks. I didn’t think about cooking, had one of those items for dinner and then leftovers for myself for lunch the next day.
I will do this with future kids as well!
Post # 11
ooh following for ideas. I was about to post something similar last week.
Post # 12
I did this before my daughter was born (almost 2 years ago!) I can’t remember exactly what I made but I’ll try..
Meatloaf, lasagna, marinated chicken breasts, formed burger pattys with ground beef, meatballs, chili, chicken noodle soup, a couple casseroles, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, pulled chicken, sloppy joe, taco meat
I prepped a lot!! And it came in very handy and we ate it all.
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lula0508 : I had to restrict my diet while breastfeeding as a several things seemed to affect my son with dairy being the most difficult to work around. I would be caution against preparing too many freezer meals unless you’re not planning to breastfeed or are planning around some of the more common foods that cause issues while breastfeeding.
Post # 15
Costco, lots of freezer meals from costco. LOL. I didn’t see any value to spending days and hours on end cooking, when everyting can be pretty much bought already prepared and just require an oven.