Your personal shoppers, leaving home not required. Shop gift guides »
🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Easy, delicious postpartum freezer meals? I'm 37 weeks pregnant and need some ideas to balance my life as a food lover and first time mom!

I'm a food lover and an avid cook. And I'm pregnant. I'm looking to prepare some delicious meals that freeze well for the first few weeks after our baby arrives. Would love some suggestions beyond lasagna and turkey chili!

asked by Cecily Upton almost 2 years ago
11 answers 1681 views
23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added almost 2 years ago

Check out this article from Merrill:
https://food52.com/blog...

Lots of ideas in the comments too!

8bbce907 3b5e 4c8c be5c c64e6c780d63  birthday 2012
luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

Check out the Sassy Radish blog. She is 38 weeks and freezing meals. Chili, I think, and bolognese sauce. Soups and stews are easy to freeze. Bread dough and pie crusts if you are a baker.

8bbce907 3b5e 4c8c be5c c64e6c780d63  birthday 2012
luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

Www.sassyradish.com. She also has a post on kitchen renovation. Fun to read for the non pregnant as well.

Cfe06c3a 31ba 4cd7 a0b0 2d1e7eb98d8e  18930218514 6fcf35ff43 b
Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added almost 2 years ago

Jessica of How Sweet It Is shares a ton of ideas in this post: http://www.howsweeteats...

Cef49d72 d554 46db a888 e97e0311e08e  cimg0737
added almost 2 years ago

This is another column that Merrill wrote about make ahead meals. Be sure to scroll through the comments for lots of other good ideas from food52ers. https://food52.com/blog...

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
ktr
added almost 2 years ago

I bake bean burritos and then freeze them. They are quick to reheat and taste just as good reheated as they do the first time. You can easily build up a freezer stash if you just make a double batch of a few dinners a week now and freeze the leftovers. I'd also suggest planning on using your slow cooker as well to make roasts and soups. I know after my son was born I enjoyed eating soup because it they are nourishing, warm and easy to prepare. They also help you get lots of liquids in your diet which you will need, especially if you decide to breast feed.

Cef49d72 d554 46db a888 e97e0311e08e  cimg0737
added almost 2 years ago

This hotline thread from two years ago also has some excellent suggestions that go beyond lasagna and chili: https://food52.com/hotline...

820467dc d1b2 4071 ae7b d918a3648548  image
added almost 2 years ago

Any kind of meatballs you like in any kind of sauce you like, then freeze in meal size batches. Stews and soups freeze well too. Also, friends are a great resource. When they ask what they can do, have them bring a meal. No matter how avid a cook you are, you will wonder how you can take a shower and unload your dishwasher on the same day. It's agreat adventure.. Good luck!

F83774ec c18a 46a4 8dff 00877f15aed6  image
Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

One thing to consider, along with the many excellent suggestions here, is to choose foods that not only freeze well, but can be eaten easily with one hand. When my daughter was an infant, I found meals that required both fork and knife to be prohibitively awkward while holding the baby (which you will be doing ALL the time). And congratulations in advance!

07825364 abc5 42f5 bd7f f2a77f00dff0  20090907 jackson 8
added almost 2 years ago

I agree with Kristen W. Which is why I had a special place in my heart for breakfast cookies. There are lots of good recipes out there, but I like mine because it has fiber rich ingredients and no added sugar. Have a few in the freezer, reach for them on a hectic morning, and you are golden. I would also advise getting a ninja or magic bullet or other blender to whip up quick drinks made of frozen bananas, almond milk, fruit, etc.
http://www.jacksonholefoodie...

71375f5f cc70 4b4d 96d1 9fa7148b5587  open uri20140805 9221 1vc7zq8
added almost 2 years ago

Wow! Thanks for all these fantastic suggestions and resources. My husband I are doing a big shopping, food prep, and freezing day this weekend. I also found some good recipes for meals you can freeze and then dump directly into the slow cooker, so that they cook for the first time when you prepare them, but don't require any day-off prep time: http://newleafwellness...