It seems like only yesterday I was hugely pregnant in the summer heat, frantically rushing to get all of my pre-baby projects done.
Clothes sorted and put away? Check!
Tons of strawberry freezer jam done? Check! (And yum!)
Freezer meals for those first couple weeks? Check!
Although it would be nice to have a meal train or kindly relatives dropping off meals to us for the first, oh say, year after having a baby, that doesn’t always happen–especially if you happen to be pregnant with child #2, 3, or even 4.
So, this time, it might be up for you.
But luckily, because I’ve been there and done that–many times–I’ve rounded up a few of the best freezer meals to make before baby arrives. This list includes some of my favorites, some that are incredibly easy, and all that will help keep you nourished while you enjoy your new little one.
1. Lasagna. Lasagna is hands-down, my go-to freezer meal. Not only is it delicious and filling, but my whole family will actually wait it. Buy the no-cook noodles to make prepping this dish even easier, and be sure to double the portions so you can freeze two pans. Or eat one now!
2. Chicken enchiladas. Once again, this one is a family favorite and it’s easy to cook up, easy to freeze, and cooks up wonderfully from the freezer. If you want to go super easy, cook 3-4 chicken breasts in water over medium heat in a frying pan; shred the chicken when tender and mix with 1/2 package of cheddar cheese and a can of enchilada sauce. Spoon into whole-wheat tortillas and wrap up. Lay seam-side down and top with more sauce and cheese. Freeze and bake at 350 when ready. For a more homemade recipe, click here.
3. Crockpot sweet and sour chicken. Baby or no baby, one of my go-to weekly meals is some sort of variation of Chinese take-out in the form of chicken in the crockpot. With my last baby, I discovered that the meals also freeze really well and can be thawed and cooked in the crock pot like normal. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be altered to pretty much any taste, so experiment with teriyaki, sesame, etc. A great sweet and sour chicken recipe is here.
4. White chicken chili. Mmm, I love white chicken chili. Especially paired with my favorite beer bread. But for a quick soup `n salad meal, post-baby, whip up a batch of this chili here to freeze.
5. Pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce. This certainly doesn’t sound like a freezer meal, but apparently, it totally is. Find the recipe here.
6. Ginger beef. Much like my go-to chicken-in-a-crock pot meal, this is a great one to cook in the crock pot and serve over a steaming bowl of sticky rice. Beats takeout for health and price! Recipe here.
7. Muffins. Sure, dinners are great, but what about those mornings when you only have one arm and cereal just don’t sound appetizing any more? I had great success with baking up a batch of fresh muffins and freezing them. When hunger struck and the baby was crying, I’d just pop one in the microwave for a warm muffin with my coffee to wake me up. Use any type of berry you want–strawberry, blueberry, raspberry. Here’s a great recipe here.
Image via armigeress/Flickr