7 Easy Freezer Meals for Parents-To-Be

With my due date around the corner, I decided to cross one of the big goals off my to-do list yesterday afternoon. I prepped and froze 7 recipes for my husband and I to enjoy post delivery. I’ve been wanting to do this so we have less to worry about with a newborn in the house, but honestly- I don’t know why I haven’t always done this! It was definitely a full afternoon of chopping, prepping and packaging- but when you consider the fact that you finish with a month worth of meals, it’s totally worth the time. I’m going to make a huge effort to make meals ahead more often, especially healthy breakfasts.

I still have a couple more meals I’d like to add, but here are the recipes I started with:

Oatmeal Cups from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

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You don’t think of oatmeal as something that’s hard to make in the morning, but I like the fact that I’ll be able to have fresh fruit with my breakfast every morning whether or not I have time to make it to the store.  I used apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, nuts and natural peanut butter to top my oatmeal cups. These are great for breakfast or a mid-day snack.

Country Breakfast Bowls from Budget Bytes

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I found this recipe on Pinterest and loved the idea! I decided to add fresh veggies and bacon to mine. I diced onions and red and green peppers into the potatoes before baking, and then sautéed mushrooms which I mixed into each bowl.

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I also made a package of nitrate-free bacon which I chopped up and sprinkled in each container. In the interest of freezer space, I packaged two servings per container- so I can just heat up breakfast for my husband and I at once.

Meat and Veggie Marinara

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This is my own recipe..if you even want to call it that. I basically take store bought marinara and load it up with meat and veggies. This is great to have on hand for a quick and easy meal. Heat and pour over whole wheat penne or even rice.

7 Easy Freezer Meals for Parents-To-Be

Ingredients

  • 1-2 jars of marinara (I like Trader Joe's Organic Tomato Basil Marinara)
  • 1 package sliced mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 lb or ground turkey or beef
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Drizzle olive oil into a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, onions, garlic and meat. Cook until meat is no longer pink.
  3. Drain off liquid and add 1-2 jars of sauce (depending on the thickness of sauce you like)
  4. Simmer for 10 mins.
  5. Allow sauce to completely cool before freezing.

 Skinny Tex Mex Casserole from Skinny Mom

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Based on the comments under this recipe, it’s a winner. The biggest challenge will be waiting to pop this casserole into the oven. It looked and smelled so good!

BBQ Chicken from Twin Dragonfly Designs

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I love that this recipe goes from bag to crockpot. I’ll have my freezer stocked with some microwaveable rice, and this cook day will be easy as pie! If I had to make one recommendation on this recipe, it would be to either separate the recipe into two bags, or make a note on the bag to add the bottle of bbq sauce the day that you make it. It all fit in one bag and froze nicely, but it was a tight fit!

Harvest Vegetable Orzo from Once a Month Meals

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Once a month meals is amazing! I would highly recommend checking them out and following them on Facebook. I would say that out of all the meals this one was the most time intensive, but I know I’ll appreciate it on an evening I don’t have the energy to cook.

Veggie and Meat Chili

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Can I just say, I am loving these gorgeous freezer bag glamour shots! This is another recipe I make for my husband all the time. I thought it would be a great idea to make a big batch now and have it ready for him to heat up. Again, why don’t I always do this?! The recipe’s super easy, I literally use the recipe on the McCormick seasoning packet for goodness sake!  I always make a double batch so I can include 2 different kinds of beans and just throw in some additional veggies.

Like I said, there are still a handful of meals I’d like to get prepped in the next couple of weeks. I’m thinking smoothie packs and a couple more crockpot meals might be nice. To check out the recipes I have in mind, follow my Make Ahead Meals board on Pinterest. If you have a make-ahead meal that you love, PLEASE share in the comments below! I’ll make sure to update this thread with how we liked everything as we try them out.

UPDATE: These meals were EXTREMELY helpful when we came home from the hospital; especially because I ended up having a c-section and couldn’t move around too well for a few weeks. Everything got eaten, but I’m not sure if I would suggest the Country Breakfast Bowls as described. If I had to do it again I would make the recipe exactly the same, but leave the eggs out. While the potatoes and veggies are in the microwave just take a minute to scramble some fresh eggs. Maybe I could have frozen them differently (I put them in tupperware containers), but our experience was that the egg wasn’t great reheated. Not bad, just not great. Everything else was a-ok, with the fan favorite being the Tex Mex Casserole.

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