I just put my first planned-for-post-baby freezer meal in the freezer! I made a double batch of teriyaki turkey meatballs, and half went into the freezer. Right now, they're pretty much the only healthy prepared food in the freezer.
Has anyone started thinking about freezer meals? - Page 2
Is there a holistic moms group in your area? I'm assuming your in the US. They are all over. I joined one and really love it. Such lovely families! I made a frittata for a gal just a few weeks back via MealBaby.com.
I need gluten-free ideas!!! I have an awesome Ninja Cooker so I was hoping to make bags I can just dump in! I'd love suggestions.
I also got a new fridge. The thing is awesome. Bottom freezer and French doors.
So sorry mamamash :(
Last week, all I managed to freeze was 2 lbs of dry chickpeas beans cooked in stock.
This week, I've frozen:
3 containers raspberries
2 lbs of kidney beans cooked in stock
lunch portion of my favorite chicken, rice and zucchini dish that no one else will eat
and have stuffed shells and spinach pie on the menu to be doubled and frozen later this week.
Sorry for bed rest mamamash!
So far my dehydrating (instead of freezing) has yeilded 2 trays of very moldy sundried tomatoes! We covered them with muslin to keep out the fruit flies & they molded (even here where the heat index is 107 most days!) Ick. Will try try again. Maybe I'll try harem cloth/ gauze & see if the pesky fruit flies can get thru it?
I had high hopes for dehyd everything-- cooked beans (bc if you cook, then dehyd, they're like instant bean dip/ soup), garden produce, etc... We'll see!
I guess I had a theory in my subconscious mind that if it's hot enough to make my feet swell, dehydrating anything should be almost effortless! HAH!
we also only have a small freezer department on top of our fridge, so even if we did end up cooking meals ahead of time (ah sweet illusion), we wouldn't have space for more than i don't know, a week worth of food in there at most.
we're counting on DF's dad to be here for the first few weeks and hopefully he will be cooking for us. however, i should probably double check that since the men tend to be a bit vague on their planning.
We're off grid w no freezer at all. IDK what I'm worried about since church families (incl us!) tend to overwhelm anyone who's ill, recovering, down for any reason... with lots of food. Plus every member of my family can & does cook plus DD LOVES to cook. I think my nesting instinct it taking over my ability to reason & I just want to feel completely prepared (hah!) in every way (hah! again), so I really want to prep food right now & finish sewing. And finish packing the diaper bag. And labor bag. And finish moving. And and and, LOL! Oh-- and get a nap!
The only thing I've managed to freeze thus far is meatballs in jumbo pasta shells. I have some pie crusts so I can make a couple of quiches...oh and we do have fresh spinach so should get on that.
I ended up making a Pinterest board with Freer Meals and one for Crock Pot ideas. I need to start going through which ones I wanna do. We've been getting a few bean harvests already. One week we eat em and one week we freeze em. We also bought 17# of peaches that can be canned or frozen. Not a meal necessarily but good to have for whatever.
Does anyone have a good spaghetti sauce recipe? I can freeze or can it.
I would love the link to your pinterest boards Mama Ana! I have a freezer meals one here: http://pinterest.com/plath/freezer-meals-for-lazy-days/
I froze a package of freezer corn, a package of garden green beans and two dinners worth of stuffed shells today! :) I also cooked up 2 lbs of pinto beans in chicken stock over the weekend and froze those. Just black beans left to do and my cooked beans "stash" will be complete :)
I'm hoping to get out for more corn this week to freeze another batch. Nothing better in January than "fresh" frozen corn!
I also started a pinterest board with some ideas I have gotten from other people.Some are recipes from my blog. http://pinterest.com/jenn_campus/postpartum-freezer-meals/
Here's our spaghetti sauce, Mama Ana (we use many versions & anyone feel free to add/ sub ingredients-- no hard rules here)
For every quart of tomatoes (either canned or fresh, chopped or crushed), add:
1/2 large sweet onion, diced
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped/ minced/ bruised
lots of oregano (>2 T)
basil (1 tsp- 1 T)
thyme (1-2 tsp)
a little rosemary (<1 tsp)
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar (unless you use the newer low-acid hybrid "sweet" tomatoes-- add the sugar if you use canned tomato)
1-3 T good olive oil
plus any good veggies we have around-- shredded carrots, zucchini, fine chopped kale, bell peppers, w/e
if freezing, you can add browned sausage or any ground meat if you like (if canning meat, you'll have to pressure can); I have often frozen the browned meat separately, so I can decide at mealtime whether we want it or not...
throw it all in the crockpot overnight, then cool & freeze or can acording to canner instructions
When my MIL comes to visit, I am going to start cooking a few things. We have such a tiny freezer though, and two teenagers who are apparently STARVING ALL THE TIME, and need to eat ALL THE THINGS (ATE) , so my real secret weapon is my mama, who is coming to stay with us in bb's first couple of weeks.
She is an awesome cook and will no doubt keep the fridge full.
Apparently we're going to be eating a lot of stuffed shells... I froze two more batches this week... This week I have chicken phyllo potpie to put up and maybe sloppy joe filling. I also want to do some breakfast burritos and I might try freezing a batch of pancake squares to see how those freeze.