Looking for ways to stock up with delicious home-cooked freezer meals? Look no further!
I have to apologize to you, my dear readers. I haven’t published a new post in nearly a month. A month. I used to post multiple times a week for crap’s sake! Before you come at me with pitchforks and torches, allow me to explain….
First of all, there were those pesky little things called the holidays. December was just an absolute whirlwind of activity that never seemed to slow down long enough for me to try out any new recipes (and unfortunately, things don’t look like they’re going to get any better in January). So December was spent rehashing old favorites and indulging in my current obsession of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (seriously, I don’t know where this craving came from, but lately, I could happily eat like three a day).
Secondly, there’s this whole continued pregnancy thing. Which is starting to make me kind of uncomfortable and less than thrilled at the thought of standing in the kitchen for long periods of time. Plus the minor fact that at the end of said pregnancy, we’re going to have a REAL LIVE CHILD LIVING IN OUR HOUSE. THAT WE MADE FROM SCRATCH. THAT WE ARE NOW GOING TO BE COMPLETELY RESPONSIBLE FOR HOLY SHIT.
Considering my impending maternity leave is quickly barreling down on me, I spent almost an entire day last weekend doing some food prepping. I am lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three freezers at my disposal (one in the kitchen, one in the garage, and a deep freezer), so I was determined to stock them full of dinners that could be made up with little effort come baby-time. Here’s what I whipped up:
(Side note: If you click on the links, you’ll find the recipes, as well as directions for making them into freezer meals at the end)
Lasagna– A favorite in our household. I know it freezes well and the leftovers reheat even better. Lasagna is my go-to recipe when I want to gift a freezer meal to anyone (especially those with new babies!), so it was a no-brainer that I would make at least a couple of pans. Pair with a quick salad and some cheesy garlic bread for a very filling meal.
Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells– A recently discovered love, I cannot get enough of these stuffed shells with a Mexican twist.
Chicken Enchiladas– Peter’s most favorite thing that I make for dinner, and honestly, it might be mine too. It’s one of my more time-consuming recipes though, so making enchiladas with a newborn is probably less than feasible. This time around, I only made up the chicken and the sauce (to save room in the freezer), but in times past I’ve gone as far as stuffing the tortillas and placing them in a baking pan.
Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells– A combination of chicken parmesan (one of my favorite foods) and pasta.
One-Pot Hearty Tomato Noodle Soup– I realize that soup might not be super easy to eat with a newborn strapped to me 24/7, but I just couldn’t resist making a pot of this delicious and soul-warming soup. It’ll still be cold in March (we do live in Wisconsin after all), and I usually crave lots of soup in the winter months, so this baby will just have to chill for a second while Mama slurps some down.
Super Easy Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat– This is one of those recipes I literally make ALL THE TIME, but sometimes waiting for the chicken to finish cooking the crockpot just takes too damn long for my hungry belly, so it seemed like the perfect thing to prep ahead of time. We most often toss this chicken on a bed of my oven baked brown rice and make burrito bowls (just add some salsa, cheese, beans, sour cream, etc), but it’s also great in soft shell tacos and over tortilla chips for nachos.
Spaghetti Pie– I realize spaghetti isn’t exactly a difficult dish to make, but I love this spaghetti pie so much more than regular spaghetti. I mean really, any excuse to add cheese to something, right? Plus this is one that simply needs to be defrosted and baked- zero prep necessary on the day you decide to make it!
Lasagna Soup– It’s lasagna. In soup form. Do I really need to go into any more detail?
So there you have it- all the ways I’ll be eating my way through my maternity leave! If you have any questions about any of the recipes you see above, please feel free to ask in the comments section. Hope you have as much fun stocking your freezer as I did stocking mine :)