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Post-partum Food... we're in the home stretch!

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

How is everyone doing with this? 

 

I just finished sorting/inventorying the last freezer (we have 3), so now I know exactly what we have and where it is. 

 

My plan at this point is:

Buy several bags of cornbread mix to go with chili

Premeasure out spices for chili

Make granola - probably 2 batches of it, since it keeps well. 

 

And if I get around to it, cook up/freeze some beans - probably chickpeas (for hummus), and navy beans (for soup/chili/baked beans/whatever). 

 

And I still need to go through the pantry, which maybe I'll plan for tomorrow.  Just to take inventory of what I have before I go shopping on Saturday. 

 

I never did get around to making my casseroles, so I'll think about doing that next week - I'll have to check the weather forecast (don't want to do it when it's hot). 

 

But at this point I easily have several weeks worth of prepared meals in one freezer, and enough raw meat for a few more week's worth of meals in the other. 

post #2 of 13

DH hates casserole, except for broc, rice and cheese casserole, but then it can only be a side dish...sooo that eliminates a lot of freezer meals. I'm going to make sure I plenty of frozen meat: ground beef for burgers, tacos, spaghetti sauce etc, pre-seasoned chicken quarters to throw on the grill, maybe stuff for fajitas.  Then I'll also have some frozen veggies and a little bit of canned stuff on hand.  DH is a meat and veggies kind of guy and he likes to grill, so I think he's going to be a big help.  As long as it's thawed when he gets home, he has no issue grilling it - he can even season some stuff pretty well!  I had high hopes I'd do some freezer crock-pot meals, but then all of a sudden none of that sounded good.  Chilli sounds really good though...I should make up some cornbread and freeze that at the very least! 

 

I really want to freeze some muffins and pancakes.  I'll have oatmeal and cereal on hand, but I'm sure it will be nice having some warmer breakfast items on hand.

post #3 of 13

Yeah, I given up on the freezer thing.  Anything beans, dairy, or flour in large quantities just isn't the best for us.  So, I've got a fairly lengthy mental list of very quick meals, and things easy to do in the crockpot.  And then we'll just eat raw whatever we get from the Farmer's Market.  My dh likes to grill, too, so that makes things easy.  As long as he's home.  Blah.  And, if he's not, it's a pizza night.  Ha!

post #4 of 13
I have a plan (hah.ha.) to make several pans of chicken enchiladas, plus a few lbs worth of turkey meatballs and some baked chicken thighs (I'm actually not sure how these will freeze already cooked...you think it will work if I marinate, bake and then freeze them?). Other than that I'm stocking up on frozen veggies and fruit, hoping to make a batch of jam (because my girls can always be placated with bread and jam...they're part badger apparently ;-)) and also a giant stash of chocolate chip cookies. I'm also making a 9x13 of baked mac n cheese and homemade chicken nuggets for the kids to eat while I'm at the hospital.

For while I'm at the hospital, my hope is to have the fridge stocked with things like roasted turkey (sliced for sandwiches), cheese, bread, veggies and fruits, so my MIL will have easy stuff to feed the kids.

For now I'm just trying to buy a bit extra each time I go to the store (as if the grocery budget wasn't stretched enough already), so that I won't end up in labor with a totally empty fridge. smile.gif
post #5 of 13

I have 2 stews and three soups prepped but raw for the slow cooker.

2 batches veggies stock

2 batches sloppy joes

2 batches spaghetti sauce

1 premade soup (black bean)

chicken pot pie

and some leftovers of other soup- bean and kale, chicken n' dumplings, cabbage and sausage

some leftovers of other meals- mac n' cheese, potato dumplings (gnochi, I guess?), something else I can't remember.

 

I made some pizza bites (pepperoni and cheese in a dough ball, for dipping in marinara sauce

also made some red pepper/chicken/sundried tomato buns in cinnamon bun style

 

chocolate peanut butter cookies

chocolate chip cookies

date squares

3 loaves of pumpkin bread

1 batch granola bars

 

Also have boxed pizza, boxed meatballs, and a pot pie- those are storebought. Then some random ingredients- precooked lentils that i froze, frozen berries, stupid stuff that's been in my freezer for ages- really old pumpkin puree, turkey bones for stock, gross brocolli from our farmshare, etc.

 

That's it. Trying to keep my fridge stocked as well with things like bread and jam (we eat SO much bread and jam, it's kind of insane! LHM, I don't get your badger reference).... easy sandwich fixings, hard boiled eggs, fruit, etc. So far that isn't working so well. Our fridge is so empty that ice started building up in the meat drawer so I had to increase the temperature.

 

I honestly didn't think I'd get ANY of this done. Then I had a weirdly productive spurt that lasted about 3 days- honestly, I was avoiding cleaning the rest of the house, I think- and did an insane amount of cooking and preparing. Now my freezer is jammed full and I have no room for anything else so I'm done, done, done.

 

 

 

post #6 of 13

you guys are doing better than me! I had planned to have things made up.....but just lost motivation =S

I did manage to stock up on some non-perishables and freezer goods......so that at least helps with having SOMETHING to work with without going to the store.

Thankfully my church does a program were they bring you food for the first while after you have a baby. So that is a huge help. 

Although I will say after two of my kids I felt like I could conquer the world.....so cooking wasn't a deal.......within a few hours of my third child I was cooking a bbq with my family! But the other two took me a little longer to jump back into things. =S

I think tomorrow I will make myself some soup (5 qt pot) and maybe some other stuff...just so I have stuff for right after birth. Since I am a vegetarian, most of what the church brings is more for my family rather than me......because well....it is too hard to explain what I do and don't eat. But they at least try......they just don't fully understand. =S

post #7 of 13

 

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Originally Posted by Just1More View Post

Yeah, I given up on the freezer thing.  Anything beans, dairy, or flour in large quantities just isn't the best for us.  So, I've got a fairly lengthy mental list of very quick meals, and things easy to do in the crockpot.  And then we'll just eat raw whatever we get from the Farmer's Market.  My dh likes to grill, too, so that makes things easy.  As long as he's home.  Blah.  And, if he's not, it's a pizza night.  Ha!

 


this is what I've resigned to do... I am ordering a CSA box of veggies to be delivered. :) So there will be lots of fruits and veggies. And we have beans and rice, and cheese. My DH cooks and bakes a lot, so he'll keep that up.

 

I feel like I should stock up on snacks and munchies and stuff.... but am not in the mood to bake. I am so weird about messes (I am so annoying!  My kid was eating peas and I was like freaking out because she dropped a few on the floor ... man, I can hardly stand myself these days!) that baking freaks me out right now.

 

hhmm...

post #8 of 13

 

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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post
 

this is what I've resigned to do... I am ordering a CSA box of veggies to be delivered. :) So there will be lots of fruits and veggies. And we have beans and rice, and cheese. My DH cooks and bakes a lot, so he'll keep that up.

 

 

 

My mom did something similar for us. We have a company here called Green Bean delivery. They will deliver organic, and mostly local, produce and eggs, meats, etc. You just go online and pick what you want for your bin every week and it gets delivered. I am really excited because it is hard to stock up on stuff, we have a small fridge and freezer and I love nothing more than fresh fruits and veggies. I thought it was such a thoughtful gift...way better than more baby clothes :)

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ok, so I soaked the oats for a double batch of granola, and ran them through the dehydrator today.  Tomorrow I can turn them into granola. 

 

Today I cooked up a half gallon of navy beans and a half gallon of chickpeas.  Just plain, nothing added, so I can use them for anything.  I have another half gallon of each soaking on the counter to do it all again tomorrow.  They're bagged up and chilling in the fridge at the moment, they'll go into the freezer tonight.  Navy beans are my go-to bean, for anything from soup to chili to baked beans.  And chickpeas either wind up as hummus, in Indian food or topping salads.  So I froze them all in 2 c servings, no cooking water, which is about how much is in a single can, and a good amount for anything. 

 

Yesterday I bagged up the latest batch of chicken stock and froze it.  I have something like 30 bags of stock in my freezer at the moment (2-3 c per bag) - everything from turkey to shellfish to mushroom.  I have a few more batches of bones in the freezer, we'll see if I get around to making the stock before baby arrives. 

 

I feel like I'm forgetting something, but my freezers are pretty darned full.  I'll probably whip up a batch or two of ice cream in the next few weeks, as fruits start coming into season.  Not sure what I could be forgetting...

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post

Ok, so I soaked the oats for a double batch of granola, and ran them through the dehydrator today.  Tomorrow I can turn them into granola. 

 

Today I cooked up a half gallon of navy beans and a half gallon of chickpeas.  Just plain, nothing added, so I can use them for anything.  I have another half gallon of each soaking on the counter to do it all again tomorrow.  They're bagged up and chilling in the fridge at the moment, they'll go into the freezer tonight.  Navy beans are my go-to bean, for anything from soup to chili to baked beans.  And chickpeas either wind up as hummus, in Indian food or topping salads.  So I froze them all in 2 c servings, no cooking water, which is about how much is in a single can, and a good amount for anything. 

 

Yesterday I bagged up the latest batch of chicken stock and froze it.  I have something like 30 bags of stock in my freezer at the moment (2-3 c per bag) - everything from turkey to shellfish to mushroom.  I have a few more batches of bones in the freezer, we'll see if I get around to making the stock before baby arrives. 

 

I feel like I'm forgetting something, but my freezers are pretty darned full.  I'll probably whip up a batch or two of ice cream in the next few weeks, as fruits start coming into season.  Not sure what I could be forgetting...


Cristeen, can I move in with you for... ever?

You've made me hungry when I really haven't been for days!!!

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by JynxGirl View Post


Cristeen, can I move in with you for... ever?

You've made me hungry when I really haven't been for days!!!

 

LOL!  You're not the first person to ask that.  In fact, I don't even think you're the first person in this DDC to ask that.  winky.gif

 

I'm not sure what sounded so good in that post though, since it was all about ingredients.  Except the ice cream, of course.  I've been eating a fair bit of ice cream lately, but the store bought stuff isn't nearly as satisfying as the homemade stuff. 

post #12 of 13

Things I have learned: all well and good to plan freezer meals for postpartum, but i should have planned them for NOW. I'm hungry but nothing seems remotely appealing and I'm way too lazy or exhausted or grossed out or something by the idea of preparing meals so we've been eating weird, premade, packaged foods. Yucky.

 

Cristeen- the icecream is definitely what caught me there! I could easily eat several tubs of homemade stuff right about now, but grocery store icecream sounds gross.

post #13 of 13
Wouldn't you know.. Our freaking oven broke. Perfect timing. eyesroll.gif

Now we have to wait for a part to come in for the appliance repair guys to fix it. Murphy's Law strikes again.
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