Tomorrow is the due date of our third boy, and I can’t tell you how ready I am to hold this baby in our arms and not bear the physical weight of him inside me any longer. However, since that isn’t the case yet, I’m continuing to attempt to distract myself from that and will continue checking off the never ending projects from my list. One important project I can recommend for anyone about to welcome a baby into their family is: freezer meals!
I have prepared freezer meals differently for each baby. This time around, although we still have many generous friends who want to gift us a meal, I know I will be stretched even more thinly than before and will want some easy meals to throw in a pan, or crockpot, or the oven. This time around I’m going for healthy, easy, and tasty meals.
So pour yourself a cup of red raspberry leaf tea, like I did, and enjoy these recipes and let me know in the comments below which of these you want to try!
- Salsa Verde Tamales
This first recipe is a common go to for our family. It’s basically our version of “fast food.” We like the Chicken and Chile Tamales from Trader Joe’s because they have less fillers than other pre-made options, and they are tasty! If you have a friend who can make tamales for you, then definitely hit them up for some. All I do is, take them out of their packaging and remove all wrappers, then pour a jar of salsa verde on top. Sometimes we sprinkle a little cheese on and cover the pan with foil. When you’re ready to eat them, pre-heat the oven to 375 and cook for about 20 minutes (30-40 if they are frozen). They are precooked, so all you are doing is re-heating them.
- Frozen Peppers+ Onions +Sausage
Did I mention I was going for EASY on these recipes? This is a super easy recipe and you can adjust it to what’s on sale or in season. All I did was cut up 3 peppers, 1 onion, and 3 of Aidelles chicken sausages. When you are ready to eat them, preheat the oven to 350, and cook for about 15 minutes or until the onions and peppers are soft and starting to brown slightly on the edges.
- Frozen Spinach Turkey Burgers + Sweet Potato fries
This is a favorite for my toddlers and again, an easy weeknight meal. If the idea of making your own turkey burgers while pregnant is too much, then I totally understand and feel free to purchase premade turkey burgers. There are some great options without added ingredients in the freezer isle. Try and find ones that only have turkey meat and spices in them.
For the home-made version, I simply take 1lb of ground turkey meat, mix in 1/2 tablespoon of chile lime powder, and 1 handful of very very finely diced spinach, and mix together. Form small patties, and freeze. Pull these out, thaw them, and pan fry when ready! We like to top them with guacamole and a lettuce wrap.
For the sweet potato fries, we purchased pre-frozen organic sweet potato fries for simplicity.
- Coconut Chicken Sweet Potato Soup
This is a weekly favorite of ours this winter. You can either prepare this as a crockpot meal, directly on the stove, or freeze it. I chose to double the recipe I was already making and saved half of it to freeze.
The ingredients are: 5 small sweet potatoes, 2 quarts of chicken stock, 2 cans of full fat coconut milk, 1/2 tablespoon chile powder, 3 cups of chopped kale, 4-5 chicken thighs, 2 squeezed limes, 1/2 diced onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 inch of fresh ginger, 2 bay leaves.
Wash all of your veggies thoroughly. Chop the sweet potatoes into small 1 inch size cubes. Heat your large soup pot with 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil to medium heat, but not smoking. Finely dice 1/2 of your onion, and 2 cloves of garlic. Add onion and garlic to the pot and cook for about 4 minutes. Then add 2 quarts of chicken stock, ginger, bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Next chop up your chicken thigh meat into small pieces if you have kids. Add chicken, sweet potatoes, chile powder, coconut milk, and lime juice to the pot. Reduce heat to medium high, cover, and continue to cook for about another 30 minutes. Then add 3 cups of chopped kale and cook on medium until you are ready to eat. Add extra lime, salt, or chile powder to your liking. I find this soup to be the best the next day.
If you want to do this without cooking first, you could just add the ingredients to a freezer bag and then stick in your crockpot on low for 8 hours or thaw and heat up in about an hour in a pot on your stove.
- Stir Fry
I like freezing my stir fry in packets so that everything cooks up fresh and crispy. If you add your veggies, chicken, and sauce in a bag and freeze it, sometimes it cooks up a little soggy. I used the tips from the blog Sweet Peas and Saffron. The basic formula is: 2 large chicken breasts (cubed) + 6 cups veggies + 1 cup uncooked rice (2 cups cooked). And I made their coconut sweet chili stir fry sauce, because I had those ingredients on hand. It was delicious! Check out their other sauce ideas here.
- Crustless Quiche
Quiche is a favorite meal at our house. I don’t normally add cheese to mine, but this recipe is a crowd pleaser. I used about half the cheese they recommended. You can freeze this uncooked, and then bake when you’re ready.
- Paleo Chicken Bruschetta
This freezer dump meal is amazing because of it’s simplicity. I added 1 cup of diced roasted tomatoes, 1/2 cup basil, 1 cup of pear onions, and 2 chicken breasts to this bag. Stick the bag in the refrigerator the morning you want it, and then bake for 20 minutes at 450 for dinner. Or bake for about 45 minutes from frozen.
- Nut and Seed Banana Oat Bars http://www.eatyrgreens.com/nut-seed-banana-oat-snack-bars/
- Booby Bites
These are a delicious sweet treat and make the early postpartum days easy. They are higher in calorie content, so I only ate 2 a day. Check the recipe out over here: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/booby-bites-energy-snack-for-nursing-moms-everyone-else/
Let me know if any of these were helpful! What meals were your favorites after adding a baby to your family?