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10 Make Ahead Meals to Freeze 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 10 make ahead meals to freeze before baby arrives so that you don’t have to make the same mistake!
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!
The Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese
As a new mom I was so exhausted I just wanted to tuck into my favourite comfort foods, and it doesn’t get more comforting than Mac n Cheese right? (via Thriving Home)
Freezer Meal Ideas: Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
For a healthy meal you can’t beat this pineapple chicken recipe. Make it ahead of time and then all you need to do is take it out of the freezer and let the slow cooker get to work! (via Crystal & CO)
Homemade Mexican Veggie Burgers with Taco Aioli
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! (via Peas & Crayons)
Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage
Yum this casserole is easy to make and the whole family will enjoy eating it. (via Pick Any Two)
Freezer to Oven Chicken Parmesan
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! (via New Leaf Wellness)
Stuff Shells Freezer Meal
Freezer-Friendly Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is the original hearty casserole and is perfect for the winter months. (via The Pioneer Woman)
Shredded Mexican Beef Burritos (Freezer Friendly)
These Mexican beef burritos are a great choice for your make ahead menu because not only can you eat them one handed you can eat them for breakfast too! (via Recipe Tin)
From Freezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup
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. (via The Chaos and the Clutter)
How to Freeze Pancakes
Let’s finish up this list with a staple that everyone should have in their freezer… pancakes! They’re great for quick and easy breakfasts, but also perfect for a middle of the night snack when the baby just won’t sleep! (via Home Cooking Memories)
Our readers LOVE this little gadget for standing baggies up while you fill them!
It’s genius! Just clip the bag to the hooks and it holds it open for you, like the extra pair of hands you always wish you had!
If you like to rinse and reuse your ziplocks then its ideal for standing them up to dry too.
- 10 Make Ahead Meals to Freeze Before Baby Arrives
- How to batch cook without doing any of the planning yourself
- The Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese
- Freezer Meal Ideas: Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
- Homemade Mexican Veggie Burgers with Taco Aioli
- Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage
- Freezer to Oven Chicken Parmesan
- Stuff Shells Freezer Meal
- Freezer-Friendly Shepherd’s Pie
- Shredded Mexican Beef Burritos (Freezer Friendly)
- From Freezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup
- How to Freeze Pancakes