I buy meat when it's on sale (you'll need to do this after the baby, anyway, if you're not already, so it's good practice
). Then, I'll, let's say, roast a big turkey. Make pan gravey. Slice some of it up into enough for a meal and freeze it in some gravey(Gallon sized ziplocks work GREAT...freeze it flat on a cookie sheet, then stack...saves TONS of room over tupperware/gladware). When it comes out, it'll probably be eaten with instant type stuffing, frozen corn from wholefoods, and microwave-baked sweet potatoes.
Then I'll take some more of the meat and pan gravey and make it into stew/filling for a pot pie (saute carrots, onions, celery, and garlic in a pan, and then throw the gravey into that to get up the brown bits, mix with meat, microwave oven bake some skin on potatoes, chop them up and throw them in, too), and freeze that. When it comes out, you can put it in a ready made crust or even put stuffing on top to bake it.
Then I'll take the meat that's LEFT, and the carcass, and make soup with it. I'll most likely use wild rice, as it doesn't have the propensity to get "over puffed" like brown rice...or put brown rice in JUST a little undercooked, so that when you heat it up, it is perfect. THis I might freeze for a dinner and have with salad, but I might also just put it in quart sized bags and freeze for quick, yummy, and totally inexpensive lunches (as opposed to cans of soup that come in from 2-5 dollars a pop now(!) with all the additives).
I also do what pp said, and make up already cooked batches of ground meat, and freeze. I usually brown it with onions, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Then I make sloppy joe sauce, taco mix (powdered, it's simply a third the cost to make up your own, and again, without the additives...my kids can't have soy, and many of the taco mixes now use soy in some form in the mix), homemade bolognese sauce and pizza sauce, enchilada sauce, and freeze or store them.
The breakfast ideas were great and again, can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I make waffles, pancakes of all kinds (buttermilk, blueberry, multigrain), french toast, quiche. It all just has to be TOASTED ('cept the quiche) to eat. Muffins, pizza dough, bread dough at the beginning of the final rise (it'll do the final rise as it thaws) is a good one, too. Again, I like this because of my kids' allergies. I am now hard pressed to find bread on the store shelves that doesn't have either or both milk/soy products in it. BREAD! Corn bread and rolls, biscuts, stuff you'd use as sides. Mashed potatoes freeze well, too. Just warm them up in a non-stick frying pan.
Cookies, lots of cookies and brownies, too. Not for you, but for all those people who'll come to see the baby. You can take 'm out of the freezer, warm them for a few minutes in the oven and VOILA! They can make their own coffee, you will be post partum after all.
I also stock up on simple roasts that you just have to thaw and throw in the crock pot. Then I get together the rest of the ingredients that go with it in the crock pot and store it right alongside the roast, so all I have to do is thaw and throw in the pot. Beef, chicken, whatever's on sale when you see it in the fliers. Crock pot and the foreman grill were our dear friends during our prenatal and post partum periods (esp. the first who was born in February...).
Again, chili, soups of all kinds, as you come across the ingredients to make them (I make navy bean and ham when I make the ham roast, beef stew or beef and barley when I either come across a good deal on stew meat or have some left over from a roast), stews.
Have fun, and good for you for being prepared! It makes recovery so much easier and much lower stress.