As a new mom you won’t have the time (or the energy) to cook from scratch so here are 20 make ahead meals to freeze before baby arrives. Including meals you can eat one handed!
Freezer Meals for New Moms to Make Before Baby Arrives
As well as preparing the baby’s nursery and deciding what to pack in their hospital bag many moms to be are also taking time to fill their freezers with home cooked meals.
It’s the one thing I didn’t do, and wished that I had. First up we had to spend a week in the hospital which left hubby fending for himself and eating takeout because in between work and hospital visits he didn’t have time to cook.
And then when we got out of the hospital we had a few week’s of “new baby chaos” until we found our feet. In those early weeks it would have been so nice to just take something out of the freezer and throw it in the oven!
So today I’m sharing some delicious make ahead meals to freeze before baby arrives so that you don’t have to make the same mistake!
These freezer friendly chicken burritos are a great idea because not only can you eat them one handed, they’re simple enough for hubby or the older kids to put together, and even the little kids will enjoy eating them!
I'm a huge fan of sheet pan recipes because they are so simple to throw together, they taste great and they don’t leave much washing up! And it’s even better when you can just grab the thawed bag of ingredients made ahead of time and throw them on the tray!
This crack chicken cooks in your slow cooker and is super versatile. You can freeze several batches and then once thawed use it to make sandwiches, fajitas or even eat it as a dip with veggies for a wholesome middle of the night snack!
This lemon pesto chicken is super easy to prepare, it only has four ingredients and you don’t have to prep any of them! On serving day you just dump the thawed contents of the bag into a casserole dish and bake!
For a wholesome meal full of the flavors of Fall you can’t beat this Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes recipe. On serving day the thawed contents go in your slow cooker while you get on with looking after your family.
This make ahead spaghetti is going to become a freezer friendly staple on your meal planner long after the baby has stopped nursing. It tastes great and you can mix things up by adding in different meats or veggies.
I was really surprised to see that these veggie burgers were freezer friendly, and the great thing is they’re gluten and dairy free too! Oh and you can eat them one handed, which is really important when you have a baby in the other arm!
Chicken Parmesan is another meal that is sure to be loved by the whole family and the best bit about this recipe is you just has to take it out of the freezer and put it straight in the oven. It’s the perfect freezer meal for the days when everything goes a little topsy turvy!
Soup is another great freezer meal option for new moms, and this one is brilliant because it goes straight from the freezer to the slow cooker.
How to batch cook without doing any of the planning yourself
Filling your freezer with home cooked meals is the perfect way to save time and make sure your family still eats healthy on busy days.
The problem I had was coming up with a meal plan and figuring out what order to prepare and cook everything in.
Once a Month Meals takes that headache away because not only do they have hundreds of family friendly recipes to choose from, they also generate shopping lists and food preparation instructions to make cooking once a month (or once a week) super simple!
Thanks for including my Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage! This is a great list.
Monday 14th of September 2015
loved this, you should add it to our link party
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Jenny @ Refresh Living
Monday 14th of September 2015
What a great collection of recipes! I was actually just looking for a freezer meal to make for my brother and sister in law, so this is perfect! I'm pinning this so I have it for next time as well. Thanks for sharing with us at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link.
Wednesday 9th of September 2015
I have been thinking that if I can make at least one freezer meal a week, but the time the end of the month rolls around i would not have to actually cook for a whole other month. Great recipes I will have to try some of them, Thank you.
Sheila @ BrainPowerBoy
Tuesday 1st of September 2015
Lovely idea indeed. There are some great recipes in here that are family friendly. I might use some myself! I think it is so nice to do this for new mothers. You could also use them for an elderly neighbor.