The clock is ticking, baby is on the way, and you know you’re not going to feel like cooking in the days and weeks following birth. (who are we kidding, have we ever felt like cooking??) Are you prepping to be besties with your Door Dash driver?
Luckily, the chances of loved ones bringing by meals is high, and thankfully there are apps like Mealtrain that make organizing dinners and drop offs very simple. However, if you’re very type A, you may not feel like depending on others. (cue: Destiny Child’s Independent women) Also a challenge: very specific dietary restraints that you don't want to burden your friends and fam with, or perhaps you live away from your community and know you may be on your own until help literally flys in…
Fear not. We have scoured Pinterest for some of the best meals to prep and freeze, and bonus- all of these have actually been made and devoured by our staffer, Lindsey, when she was pregnant and expecting her little miracle- babe. Double Bonus: These are all healthy (with the exception of the Spaghetti Squash Cheese Bake) since we know you’re not into the cream-soup make-aheads of yesteryear.
Get your shopping list ready, here they are!
Pineapple -Salsa Chicken from Once a Month Meals:
So easy. 5 ingredients. (we recommend omitting the Jalapeno if you’re going to be nursing) You can add fun things like mango or black beans for variations.
Serve over quick cooking brown rice, and it’s gluten free
Apricot- Ginger Chicken from The Family Freezer:
Quick, easy, great flavor. Serve with brown rice or Quinoa - Gluten Free
Paleo/ Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs from Plated with Style:
So yummy. Made with coconut milk. Just freeze the meatballs in the gravy in a container that is ready to pop in the oven. We bought good ol’ Jimmy Dean’s ready made refrigerated potatoes to serve alongside and scored the Ikea lingonberry jam.
Beef (or Turkey!) Stuffed Acorn Squash from Once a Month Meals:
This was a surprising hit. We used turkey instead of beef, but it was great.
5 Ingredient Pesto Bean Soup from Everyday Dishes:
Warm... Filling... just YUM
Spaghetti Squash Bake:
Serves a crowd!
There’s a ton of dinners to prep but what about breakfasts? Here’s an easy fix:
Brown the ground sausage of your choosing
While that’s browning, add 1 Dozen eggs to a bowl with 2 cups sharp cheddar, and 2 diced bell peppers. Drain the sausage, add to the bowl.
Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray and pour the egg mixture into the cups. Top with a little more cheese if desired. Bake at 350 until done. Eat one, freeze the rest!
You can pop one in the microwave when you need a fast breakfast!
Lactation Cookies from How Sweet Eats:
Make a double batch. Keep half on the counter for quick snacks and the other in the freezer for when the counter stash is gone! Husbands have been known to eat these...we won't name names…
So there you have it! A quick and easy list of food to freeze. Have fun prepping and let us know what you try!
The New Bloom Team