Meal preppin' for baby

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Sugar bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

ooh following for ideas. I was about to post something similar last week.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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
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Buzzing bee

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.

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