The first few weeks with baby are exhausting! Save yourself a lot of headache by making these healthy freezer meals for new moms ahead of time. Freezer meals are a lifesaver for new moms!
13 Make-Ahead Freezer Meals For New Moms
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There are so many challenging things when becoming a new mom. One thing that I was so thankful for when bringing a new baby home was not having to worry about dinner every night! Make-ahead freezer meals are truly a lifesaver! It takes the thinking out of dinnertime and reduces fast food runs.
We have gathered 13 make-ahead healthy homemade freezer meals for new moms right here so you don’t have to go searching through tons of different websites.
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Homemade Freezer Meals For New Moms
Throw this in the slow cooker (or instant pot) and then forget about it! Once the chili is fully cooked, bag it up in gallon Ziploc bags, date it, and freeze it for later. This chili is super hearty and of course, healthy. It is full of plant-based protein to help mom’s milk supply and energy levels. Use within 3-4 months of freezing for optimal freshness. When you’re ready to eat this, throw it in a pot on the stove (frozen or thawed) until it is nice and warm! Pro tip: You can also pop it into the slow cooker completely frozen, and heat on low for 6-8 hours.
This chicken curry is a staple at my house! It is so quick to make and it tastes fantastic. Make the curry as directed, and then bag it up in gallon Ziploc bags to freeze for 3-4 months. Make sure to set aside a few cups of uncooked rice to serve with this meal.
To make it even more healthy, serve over brown rice. Whole grains have more fiber and help reduce cholesterol. Even picky eaters won’t notice the brown rice with the yummy curry sauce on top! When ready to serve, throw it in a pot on the stove until steamy. Pro tip: You can also pop it into the slow cooker completely frozen, and heat on low for 6-8 hours.
This easy and delicious quinoa bake is the perfect freezer meal. Make as directed, but instead of baking the dish, cover it with tinfoil and pop it in the freezer. When you are ready to eat this meal, bake according to directions, adjusting the cooking time a bit to anywhere between 50-60 minutes (until heated through). Enjoy within 3-4 months of freezing.
You can never go wrong with a classic white bean chili! This particular recipe is delicious! Throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker and forget about it! Once cool, transfer the chili into gallon ziplock bags. When ready to eat, put it into a pot on the stove and cook on medium-low heat until warm. Pro tip: You can also pop it into the slow cooker completely frozen, and heat on low for 6-8 hours.
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There is something so comforting to me about a beef and bean burrito. Plus, this is the perfect meal for moms who can only eat with one hand while holding baby! Completely assemble the burritos. Wrap them in plastic wrap and toss them in a Ziploc bag for optimal freshness. When you are ready to eat them, unwrap the plastic wrap and pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Try poking the burrito a few times and heating a little longer if the middle is still cold. Perfect for a quick lunch or snack.
These are some of the best burritos ever! If you love sweet potatoes, then you are going to fall in love with these. Same story as the beef and bean burritos. Make as directed, wrap each burrito in plastic wrap, and store in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Once ready to serve, remove plastic wrap and heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes.
More Homemade Freezer Meals
There is nothing more heartwarming than a classic beef stew. This stew is absolutely delicious! Make the stew as directed, then allow it to cool completely. Once cool, put the stew into some gallon Ziploc bags (make it as airtight as possible). Freeze for 2-3 months. Once ready to eat, allow the stew to thaw overnight. Heat on the stove over medium-low heat until warm and enjoy every last bite.
These chicken meatballs are not only healthy, but they are also so versatile! Make a double, or triple batch and serve with spaghetti sauce and noodles, bbq sauce on buns, or serve them on their own with a side of rice and vegetables. Prepare and bake the meatballs as directed. Once cooled, bag in Ziploc bags, remove as much air as possible and freeze for 2-3 months.
Pancakes are delicious for breakfast or a quick dinner. These protein pancakes will be much more filling and energize you enough to make it through another sleepless night! Simply make these pancakes as directed. Once all the batter is cooked, follow these directions for freezing and reheating your whole wheat pancakes! Your kids will go crazy for these pancakes. Cover them in peanut butter and jam, maple syrup, or my absolute favorite, buttermilk syrup. Yum! Enjoy within 2-3 months.
These delicious cheese cups are full of protein and flavor. This the perfect pick-me-up when you need a snack. When paired with whole wheat pancakes, you’ve got a well-rounded meal! Bake these egg cups as directed. Once cooled, place in gallon Ziploc bags and push as much air out as possible. To reheat, place thawed egg cups in the microwave for 45 seconds on 30% power, followed by another 30 seconds on full power. Enjoy within 3-4 months.
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Would it be a freezer meal list without a delicious lasagna? No! So, here it is. This wonderful lasagna can be completely assembled, covered with tinfoil, and then popped in the freezer. It uses no-boil noodles, eliminating a lot of work for you. When you are ready to eat, bake at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours from frozen. Enjoy within 2-3 months.
BBQ chicken is very versatile and delicious! Serve in a bun, on a salad, or over rice. Make chicken as directed. Once cooled, place into gallon Ziploc bags, remove air and label. Freeze for 2-3 months. To reheat, place chicken in a pan on the stove over medium-low heat and heat until warm. Enjoy!
Talk about yum! This easy meal is simple to prep and freeze. Bonus: follow the directions in the recipe for freezing, thawing, and reheating!
FEELING OVERWHELMED BY SO MANY RECIPES? Follow these steps to make your homemade freezer meals easier:
- Gather a group of friends who also want to save time in the kitchen. Choose a few recipes that you all would like to try. We found that making 5-6 recipes at a freezer meal session worked out the best.
- This next part will take some calculating…grab a friend who likes math! Each person selects the number of freezer meals they would like to make. You need to break down the freezer meal recipe and figure out the quantity of ingredients you would need to make multiple recipes.
- It is easier to have one person do the shopping and everyone pays that person back, or put money into her PayPal account. She will buy all the ingredients except for the meat.
- On freezer meal day everyone comes with a cooler and gallon Ziplocs with their name and the recipe on the outside. You will begin with chopping vegetables, which takes some time. Then you start making the recipes.
- When a recipe is completed put it in your freezer. Everyone can add the meat they like when they get home. I did this with a group of friends and each meal came out to be around $5 per meal.
Make-ahead freezer meals are a lifesaver for all mom’s but especially for new moms. Make-ahead freezer meals are also great to have around when you need to take in a meal to someone that is ill or who just needs a pick me up!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!