Having a new baby is awesome, but I guarantee that you will be tired…… really tired. You likely will not have the time or the energy to even take a daily shower let alone prepare a home-cooked meal for your family, and that is okay! You did just birth a human after all, and you likely still have other responsibilities to tend to like other little ones and daily mom duties! Making some meals before the baby is born can be a huge time and energy saver for after your new little one comes home. So, here at 10 freezer meals to make before baby arrives to make the transition smoother for everyone!
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Chicken Pot Pies
These are very easy to make and freeze in disposable foil containers to be heated in the oven. You will need a 3 pack of the small bread loaf foil pans for this recipe (the big ones are generally too large for a single person). You will need 2 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded), 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 2 cups frozen mixed veggies, liberal salt/pepper, 1 TBSP dried parsley, a small dollop of milk, and a box of ready to make pie crust. You will combine all ingredients, other than the crust, in a large mixing bowl and combine. Divide the mixture between the 3 pans. Prepare the pie crust according to package directions, roll out, and cover the top of the foil containers with crust (slice a few venting slots in the top of the crust). Cover with foil and freeze. To reheat, remove foil and bake at 400 for roughly an hour (the crust will be brown on top when done).
Chili and Taco Chili
This is an easy one to pre-make in large batches and quickly reheat in the evening. For regular chili, you will need 1 lb ground beef/turkey, 1 can kidney beans (drained), 1 can black beans (drained), 2 small cans of tomato sauce, and 1 packet of chili seasoning. Simply brown the ground beef, add the remaining ingredients, and simmer until warm. For taco chili, you will need 1 lb ground beef/turkey, 1 can kidney beans (drained), 1 can black beans (drained), 1 can corn (drained), 1 cup of salsa, 1 packet of taco seasoning, and 1 small can of tomato sauce. Follow the same direction as for regular chili. These are great to reheat in the crockpot, and you can serve them with cornbread, Fritos chips, cheese, onions, or other toppings!
Crockpot Beef Tips
This is another meal that is easily frozen and cooked in the crockpot. In a large ziplock bag, simply combine 1-2 lb beef stew meat, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup water, 1 brown gravy packet, and 1 onion soup mix packet. Freeze, defrost, and cook on low in the crockpot for 6-8 hours. Serve with some delicious mashed potatoes!
The only ingredient that you will need to add to this one after defrosting is potatoes as they do not freeze well in my opinion. To prep, combine 1 large roast, 1.5 cups baby carrots, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can cream of celery soup, 3 TBSP ketchup, 2 onion soup mix packets, and about ¼ cup of water in a large bag. Freeze and thaw the day before making. Place all ingredients plus some chopped red potatoes in your crockpot on low for 6-8 hours, shred the roast, and serve.
This is probably one of the easiest recipes I know. In a large ziplock bag, combine 1 large pork roast, 1 large can of red enchilada sauce, and 1 beef bouillon cube. When ready to make, simply defrost and cook on low in the crockpot for 8 hours. Shred the roast in the sauce and serve with rice, beans, and other taco toppings in some tortillas.
Chicken and Dumplings
This is a comfort food item to the max! In a large bag combine 2 chicken breasts, 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 2 cups chicken broth, 1 TBSP poultry seasoning, and 1 TBSP dried parsley. When ready to make, defrost and place in the crockpot on low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken and place back in the pot. Take 5 refrigerated biscuits and cut each into 9 small pieces. Place biscuit pieces in the crockpot and cook on high for 1 hour until the “dumplings” are cooked.
For this recipe, you will need 2 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded), 2 cans of black beans (drained), 1 cup cooked white rice, 1 cup salsa, 1 packet taco seasoning, 1.5 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 can copped jalapeños (if you like a little spice), 8 soft-taco size tortillas, and 1 small can of green enchilada sauce. To begin, in a large pot or saucepan, combine chicken, beans, rice, jalapeños, salsa, taco seasoning, and half of the cheese until heated through. Divide the mixture evenly between the 8 tortillas, wrap them, and place in a greased 9×13 aluminum pan. Cover with foil and freeze. To reheat, defrost and remove foil, cover enchiladas with green sauce (you may not use the whole can), and bake at 350F for 50 minutes. Top with the remaining amount of cheese (or however much you like) and bake until bubbly.
This recipe will make at least 2 meals worth of patties and you can use them for burgers or yummy patty melts on sourdough. I prefer to freeze them uncooked, but you can certainly cook them before freezing to make reheating much easier. You will need 1 lb ground turkey, 1 lb ground pork, 1 package hamburger seasoning, salt/pepper, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, and 2 TBSP ketchup. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and form into patties. Freeze these in large ziplock bags flat in your freezer for use later.
These are something that I cook before freezing so that I can just throw them in the crockpot frozen with some sauce to reheat during the day while I am at work. It is so easy! For these, you will need 1 lb ground pork, 1 lb ground turkey, 2 packets of meatball seasoning, ¼ cup of breadcrumbs, and a dollop of ketchup. Now you can season these to your liking instead if you want, but I find it super easy as a busy mom to just use the pre-made seasoning packets. Mix all ingredients together, form into 1” meatballs, and cook on a foil lined baking sheet at 350 F for approximately 30 minutes. The meatballs will be browned on the outside when done. Let cool and freeze in meal sized portions in large ziplock bags. To reheat, I just put the meatballs frozen in my crockpot with 2 jars of sauce on low for 8 hours to be served as meatball subs or with pasta.
For this recipe, you will need 2 (or more) chicken breasts, depending on how many you want to make. You will also need 1 box of corn flakes cereal and a few eggs plus a dollop of milk for egg wash. To make, cut the chicken into small cubes, whisk together the eggs and milk, and crush your corn flakes cereal until only very small pieces remain. Coat chicken in egg wash and then in corn flakes; place on a baking sheet. When done, bake nuggets at 350 F for approximately 30 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165 F. Let cool and freeze in ziplock bags in meal sized portions. Simply reheat in the oven until warm and serve with some fries or a salad.
These are just 10 of my favorite dinners to make ahead, and they are easy to prep! For more inspiration for freezer meals there are many great sites out there; here and here are two of my favorites.
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