(Closed) Meal suggestions for new parents?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Pulled pork– I make a batch in a slow cooker every other month and freeze most of it in 2 serving containers for lunches and quick dinners. You can make it as bland or spicy as you like, depending on the BBQ sauce you use.

In my experience, anything you can make in a slow cooker will freeze well.

Pasta sauces (pesto without the parmesan and basic tomato sauces) and roasted vegetables (and meat, if you’re into it) are handy– just freeze them and then Future Brother-In-Law & Future Sister-In-Law can heat them up and add them to fresh cooked pasta when they need a quick pasta meal… after they finish FMIL’s lasagna or ziti.

I don’t care much for frozen + re-heated bread (it usually tastes funny or develops a weird texture IMO). BUT, Trader Joe’s makes excellent frozen baguettes. They come in a bag of 6, and each baguette feeds 1 person. The baguettes can either be set out and thawed, or you can pop them in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes. So handy if you have a TJ’s near you, or if you can find something similar at your grocery store.

Post # 18
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We made a non-spicy stir fry for SIL about a week after she gave birth, and she loved it.  Garlic, Chicken, & whatever veggies sound good are in season, green beans, snow peas, red peppers, carrots, mushrooms, etc.  I’ve never frozen it, but it’ll keep in the fridge for many days.

We also prepped big bowls of fruit – cut up melon, grapes, apples, etc.  Stuff that she could just snack on here and there, and she really appreciated that too.

Post # 19
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Chicken Spaghetti! This freezes so well:

3 cups of broken spaghetti
3 chicken breasts, cooked

Boil the chicken and shred it. Cook the 3 cups of broken spaghetti noodles in the chicken broth, about 8 minutes or so (you want it slightly firm since it will bake). Drain the noodles reserving 1 cup of broth. 

In a BIG ASS BOWL, mix the noodles, chicken, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, 2 cans of cream of chicken and mushroom soup, the broth, 1 diced green pepper, 1 small drained jar of pimentos, and 1 small diced onion. Salt and pepper and some Lawry’s seasoning, plus a little cayenne pepper. Pour this into a greased baking dish and top with more cheese. You can freeze it at this point, then bake it off at like 400 for 45-60 minutes. 

Post # 20
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ohheavenlyday: The chicken spaghetti sounds delicious! I just wrote down the recipe to try it myself this weekend.

Post # 21
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I know not everyone’s a tuna fan, but if they do like it, Darling Husband and I do this tuna casserole recipe all the time and it’s super yummy.

Boil one package of egg noodles, and drain. Add into the pot: half an onion, coarsely chopped, 1 cup frozen peas, 2 cans cream of mushroom and garlic soup, 2 drained cans of tuna, and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Mix until thoroughly combined, then press mixture into a 9×13″ baking dish and top liberally with boxed chicken stuffing mix and more shredded cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until cheese is melted and just beginning to brown.

Post # 23
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t really know anything about whats okay and whats not with breast feeding but I feel like this recipe is super adaptable and you could easily add/subtract stuff: 

Saute 1/2 onion and 2 crushed cloves garlic in a little olive oil, add 1 can chicken broth and 1 can diced tomatoes (I like the rotel ones but prob plain bc rotel is spicy). Bring to a boil then add 1/2 tspn cumin and 1/2 tspn chili powder, stir, and add a rounded cup of rice. Bring back to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook as long as rice says (like 25 min for white or 50 for brown). Once the rice is cooked add 1 cup black beans and 1 cup corn and stir. 

*You can easily also add shredded chicken, beef, or pork to this, but its good enough we usually eat it vegetarian(ish). 

This freezes SUPER well and its very adaptable. Some things you can do with it: 

– Eat by itself! Or with tortilla chips

– Use as a topping for nachos with some cheese broiled on top

– Cut any color pepper in half and cook for 20 min until limp, then put a heaping spoonful of rice mix on it, top with cheese, and bake another 10 min (You can make the peppers and freeze them as well already stuffed) 

– Put 1 cup rice mix into 3 cups boiling chicken stock, throw in some fresh spinach for a great soup


This is also super healthy until you start throwing cheese on it btw. 🙂

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