Two years ago when Jake was born, we stocked the freezer with dinners we could throw together. It worked amazing so we knew we’d do it again – but this time, I had a different approach.
With Jake, we were only feeding ourselves – so I could wait until my husband came home from work if the baby was fussy or I wasn’t feeling it. That just doesn’t fly when you have a toddler that wants to eat at 5 pm on the dot so this time I concentrated on meals that I could pull out of the freezer and pop right into the oven or slow cooker.
It’s worked really well. I’m still finding a chance to make dinner 2-3 nights a week but it’s been so nice to have the freezer stash for nights that are a disaster!
Here’s what we had in the freezer when Julie was born:
Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs
Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Hula Pork
Spinach Prosciutto Lasagna
Taco Stuffed Shells
We also loaded up on bags of veggies and rice that we could throw in the microwave and a few frozen meals from Trader Joes. And, of course, Girl Scout Cookies.
2 thoughts on “Stocking the Freezer Pre-Baby, Take 2 #MealPrepMadness”
Great idea, new baby’s arrival can be a busy time, especially with a toddler as well. Having meals at the ready is a helpful way to make sure you keep yourself and your family fed with a minimum of fuss, and these meal ideas sound yummy!
I remember making ahead a few things before both of ours were born as well – it definitely helps!