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Freezer Meals for New Moms

Okay so you don’t have to be a new mom to enjoy a freezer meal.

Freezer Meals

And technically I’m not a new mom but with adding a new baby to the mix this month the last thing I want to think about is dinner.

So whether you are pregnant and want to prepare these meals ahead of time (like I did this go round with Amelia) OR are a friend or family member taking these to a new mom OR let’s be honest we all have those days where you just don’t want to go to the store and are glad you have something pretty much already prepared – these recipes are for you!

A few tips for freezing meals:

  • Casseroles – Use disposable pans for assembly.
  • Soups – Cool down all cooked soups and then transfer to a large ziploc freezer bag and lay flat to freeze.
  • Meats – Cook all the meats ahead of time then put in ziploc bag and freeze.
  • Try to use the meals within 1-3 months to keep them as fresh as possible.
  • Label what the dish is, the date, and thawing/warming/baking instructions.
  • Some of these meals are for family dinners and others are for individual portions.
  • For best thawing: Store in fridge 24-48 hours before serving. For a quick thaw fill kitchen sink or large bowl with cold water, place the frozen sealed item in it, and change the water every 30 minutes until completely thawed.

Breakfast

Blueberry Smoothie – I put all the ingredients into a ziploc bag EXCEPT banana (they tend to brown once you thaw them), freeze and thaw the night before you plan to have one. Or do a quick thaw the day of to break it up a little easier and throw it in a blender for a frozen smoothie.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins – I like to store 1-2 muffins in a small ziploc bag and then put all of those bags into a large freezer bag. This helps with individual portions.

Bacon Cheddar Chive Waffles – Pop the waffle in the toaster and add syrup.

Triple Berry Bread – Defrost overnight and then slice away. Or preslice after baking it and store like the muffins.

Soups/Chilis

Vegetable Soup – Double this batch and have some for dinner tonight and freeze the rest.

Black Bean Soup – This hearty soup is great for lunch or dinner.

Fiesta Chili – This chili is super easy to make ahead, store and freeze.

Meats – for both meats, make ahead of time and store in freezer bag. They are both easy to thaw and then serve with hamburger buns.

BBQ Pulled Pork

Sloppy Joes

Main Dishes

Lasagna – I prepare the whole lasagna, assemble in disposable pan and freeze. I thaw overnight and bake it the day I am serving it.

Chicken Cacciatore – easy slow cooker meal to make, then let cool and freeze.

These meals can be life savers for you or that new mom. Now go stock your freezer!

Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen

Friday 25th of September 2015

It's so smart to plan ahead and gather together recipes like these. I did it 4 times and it is a daunting task to deal with mealtime with a new little one in the house!

Lauren Hall

Saturday 26th of September 2015

I am so glad I did it too!

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Friday 25th of September 2015

Aaah! I see on Instagram you had your baby. Congratulations! What a cutie.

Your family is lucky to have some of these freezer meals all ready to go. :)

Lauren Hall

Saturday 26th of September 2015

Thanks Erin - ya having these meals is going to be so helpful!

Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Thursday 24th of September 2015

This guide is such a great idea - for new moms, or just for busy weeks! I love that there are so many click-throughs to great recipes to suit any taste, and need! Brilliant!

Lauren Hall

Saturday 26th of September 2015

Thank you! I knew having more than just your typical casserole or dinner would be helpful!

Maria

Thursday 24th of September 2015

Great post with great ideas!

Beth

Thursday 24th of September 2015

Perfect timing! One of my best friends is about to have a baby, I'll have to make some of these for her!

Lauren Hall

Saturday 26th of September 2015

Great! I hope she enjoys them as much as my family does!

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