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What are you doing to prep meals?

post #1 of 15
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I'm so swamped with many other things, but in the back of my mind I've been worried about post-partum meals - we don't have any family in the area and all my friends are too busy or money is too tight to help us out. So I need to make sure we will be self-sufficient. What are you preparing/freezing? I need some cooking inspiration to get me going!
post #2 of 15
Ugh, I haven't done anything yet! I know that this babe will probably be dairy & soy sensitive (since my other 3 were), but I'm holding out a tiny bit of hope that maybe I'll get a break this time. Most of the stuff I make for freezing has dairy, so I don't want to make a bunch of that. I have no idea right now.
post #3 of 15
We use our grill a lot, so I have several meals worth of chicken breasts frozen in marinades, and I'm hoping London Broils or flank steaks will go on sale. I freeze them in marinade, along with a pack of sub buns and cheese slices and we get two meals--first as flank steak, the second as Philly cheese steak sandwiches.

I also cut up chicken breasts and froze them with the sauce for bourbon chicken, and got two batches of creole shrimp ready to go. I can do skillet meals in the summer, but no casseroles.

Finally, I want fast lunches/snacks for me! So I am making several quiches that I'll cook and cut up and freeze so I can just microwave a slice when I'm hungry, and the same with soups--I've made tomato and bean soup so far and want to do veggie soup, all frozen in individual portions.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by rebeccalizzie View Post
We use our grill a lot, so I have several meals worth of chicken breasts frozen in marinades, and I'm hoping London Broils or flank steaks will go on sale. I freeze them in marinade, along with a pack of sub buns and cheese slices and we get two meals--first as flank steak, the second as Philly cheese steak sandwiches.

I also cut up chicken breasts and froze them with the sauce for bourbon chicken, and got two batches of creole shrimp ready to go. I can do skillet meals in the summer, but no casseroles.

Finally, I want fast lunches/snacks for me! So I am making several quiches that I'll cook and cut up and freeze so I can just microwave a slice when I'm hungry, and the same with soups--I've made tomato and bean soup so far and want to do veggie soup, all frozen in individual portions.
Wow! Sounds awesome! I want to come eat at your house. I really need to get cracking!

I hear you about no casseroles and grilling. We don't have AC, so our summer meals are mostly fixed on the grill too, or we do cold sandwiches/wraps. I can't stand to make the house any hotter by turning on the oven, yk. Thanks for all the ideas!
post #5 of 15
Wow! you ladies are on top of it! I don't know that I will freeze meals but I'm going to do a big shop in two weeks and will make sure we are stocked on easy meals that hubby can prepare and lots of household supplies. That way I can just send DH to the store to keep us up on basic bread, milk, eggs kind of stuff.
post #6 of 15
I've been doubling meals a couple of times a week for the last couple of weeks, and I'll keep doing that until the baby comes. So far:

red beans (I'll make rice fresh when we eat it)
gumbo
cheese sauce for macaroni
enchilada sauce
vegetable soup
tortilla soup
taco meat
pinto beans
hamburger patties (raw)
mashed potatoes
spaghetti sauce
meatloaf
sausage Mexican cornbread
marinated chicken (to grill)

I've also got a list of really easy meals for when my brain isn't working postpartum. Stuff that I can cook in 15-20 minutes. So, I'll have the stuff for several of those on hand, too, for the first several weeks. It'll be summer, so lots of salads, tomato sandwiches, tacos, pasta salads, bean salads, etc.

I didn't cook ahead for baby #1, and he was a week late, and I had planned to go grocery shopping the day I was in labor, so our pantry was pretty bare. It was rough. The second time, I cooked ahead a lot, and I was very thankful. So, this time, I'm aiming for a freezer full. It'll really be nice in those crazy newborn days.
post #7 of 15
I made a ton of freezer meals. I didn't have containers to freeze the large number of meals I had planned to make ahead, so I made them all in jumbo muffin tins.

After they were cooked and cooled, I froze the food in the muffin tins. Once they were frozen, I allowed them to thaw just a tiny bit around the edges (otherwise they were impossible to get out), and then I popped them out and sealed them in freezer bags.

I have 24-30 servings each of lasagna, quiche, vegetable pot pie, ratatouille, and something else that I can't remember offhand. I think I probably made way more freezer food than I needed to, but meals should be very easy for a long time after the baby comes.
post #8 of 15
I have been struggling with this, too. I made 2 pans of lasagne last night to freeze. That's one of my dh's favorite meals and we can always warm it up for a second meal. I'm looking up meatloaf recipes right now. I don't personally care for meatloaf, but dh loves it and I don't make it enough for him. lol

I realized in looking at our list of meals that we eat a LOT of meat. Funny, since I was a vegetarian for the 4 years before I met dh and got pregnant with dd1.

The marinated chicken sounds like a great idea. I want to do more grilling out this summer, or rather have dh do more grilling. I got a box of brats on sale last week (should have bought a couple, in retrospect) that dh can throw on the grill and then the kids love eating those left over. I'm considering getting extra bread and freezing it, but I really hate thawing bread. The outlet bread store is close, so I might just send dh out when we need it. We'll be driving past there 10 times a day to drive the kids to their various activities anyway. They do a lot of sandwiches in the summer.

I did brown and freeze an extra 5 pounds of meat last night. It really helps, because I can brown it and then rinse it off in a strainer so it's not so greasy. Then freeze it and it thaws out in minutes to make things like tacos. Maybe I'll crack open a couple pounds of the ground turkey and get that cooked up, too. I really despise cooking meat. The smell, the grease...blech. Taking those 10 or so minutes off the cooking time is also a huge help.
post #9 of 15
I'm not doing anything. I just don't have room in my freezer to keep anything but the usual 1-2 weeks worth of regular food on hand and our big freezer died a couple years ago. My homeschool friends will bring meals 3x a week for about 3 weeks and I have big kids who can do quite a lot with minimal direction. Nothing fancy for a week or two but we'll survive.
post #10 of 15
Most days I fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to meals, so I haven't even put two seconds thought...Which is bad, since my DH will be leaving us for 6 mo 2 wks after birth. I need to get cracking!! I'll likely do mostly kid friendly meals since those are my hardest people to please...lol
post #11 of 15
Oh, to have helpers...

My older 2 are 4 and 2. My dh gets home about 6:30 at night, at which time my children are about to die of hunger. LOL. So, while willing, he's not really a big help in the supper department.

That's why cooking ahead really works for me. I don't even love the taste of freezer food. But, the ease outweighs the flavor when I'm postpartum.
post #12 of 15
Geez! i'm not even there yet....Yikes! I better get on the ball with things!
post #13 of 15
Do you all think that omelets would freeze well?
post #14 of 15
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Ok, so I was at a friend's little girl's birthday party yesterday and she insisted on sending a tray of spinach stuffed shells home with me when she heard I hadn't yet started preparing meals...this was a bit of a wake-up call for me.

So I had a marathon cooking/baking session in my kitchen today. Luckily the weather was nice and I could let DS1 play in our fenced backyard while I went crazy in the kitchen. I made:

-2 meals worth of ground mexican turkey
-1 meal worth of shredded mexican chicken
-1 meal worth of plain shredded chicken
-1 meal of marinated BBQ chicken breasts (uncooked)
-1 batch of yeast dough - to thaw and make into pita/calzones/etc
-double batch of breakfast cookies
-double batch of buckwheat waffles
-2 loaves of banana-date bread

Of course this only amounts to a few meals and a few snacks/breakfasts...I've still got a lot to do!

While working on this food, I also went through my "deep storage" pantry in the basement and my kitchen pantry. I refilled all the canisters in the kitchen and consolidated/organized all the dried goods in my basement. I also organized all the containers on the shelves in the basement and kitchen. So now I can find things easier and I won't have to refill anything in my kitchen for a while.

I also boiled a 1/2 dozen eggs for DS and I to eat this week - I've been having a hard time getting enough protein in my diet.

Man my legs are aching! Time to watch Dr. Phil and chill till DS wakes up...
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by neldabean View Post
Do you all think that omelets would freeze well?
Hmm...I have no idea, but I'd sure like to know too!
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