I’m sharing how I prepared a wide-variety of meals before my second baby was born! Here are all my secrets: Preparing for Baby – Freezer Meal Prep 101
Over the past few month’s, I’ve been sharing on my Facebook page how I was preparing for the arrival of baby. I prepared a wide variety of freezer meals. Some were just marinades for meats, others were full slow cooker meals that I just needed to defrost and cook, and others were leftover foods that I froze like pasta sauce, pasta bakes, etc… Today I’m going to share what I prepped for my babies arrival. Most are recipes of my own, some are recipes from others, and I have a few recipes I’ve never even blogged about before. I did all this in batches over a month span and was even making pans of baked ziti just a few days before delivery. Having some prepared meals in the freezer also helped toward the last week or two of my pregnancy when I was beyond and exhausted, battling elevated blood pressure and also got a cold! I mean seriously, could I not catch a break?
I’m almost six weeks post partum and still have a few meals left that I’m tapping into this week and next week! It’s always nice to know I have an easy dinner or two during the week already prepped and ready to go! I’ll probably prep a few more freezer meals in the next few weeks that way I have some more easy meals ready to be made on those days when I don’t have the energy or time to cook dinner.
Here are a few great ideas for either putting together raw and cooking in the slow cooker for a later date.
- Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos
- Chicken and Black Beans
- Beef Stew
- BBQ Pulled Chicken
- Chicken Tikka Masala
Marinades for Meats
I like to make marinades ahead of time while I’m packaging out meat and freeze them in the marinade that way when they defrost they are marinating away!
Make A Head & Freeze
The list below is all items I’ve made ahead, and made double or triple and froze the rest to eat for a later meal!
- Salisbury Steak
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- Taco Ground Beef
- Pulled Pork
- Baked Macaroni & Cheese
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Ranchero Beans
- Black Eyed Peas
- Collard greens
- Puerto Rican Red Beans
- Bolognese Sauce
- Baked Ziti
- Stuffed Peppers
- Sour Cream Garden Herb Cornbread
- Buttermilk Waffles
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Baked French Toast Casserole
- Southern Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches
Mixes to Make Ahead
I find that sometimes it makes life a little easier to cook from scratch when the mix is already prepared; you just have to mix the dry ingredients with the wet. I’ve put together a few dry mixes in my pantry, so I can just dump and bake/cook!
- Sour Cream Garden Herb Cornbread Mix
- Buttermilk Waffles Mix
- Buttermilk Pancakes Mix
- Buttermilk Biscuit Mix
This is just about everything I prepared before my second baby was born, and it was beyond a life saver! I had quite a few people shocked I was cooking during my first few weeks, but once I explained to them I had freezer meals made ahead they totally understood how I was able to cook! Hope this helps if your preparing for a new baby and/or just busy and want some new freezer meal ideas!