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After-Baby Freezer Meal Ideas

post #1 of 111
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I've seen this come up on lots of different threads and I think it'd be great to share some recipes. There's freezer meal thread in the meal planning forum, but I'd love to know what everyone is cooking and freezing before baby's born.

Please post your ideas *and* recipes (unless it's really obvious, like lasagna ).
post #2 of 111
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Disclaimer: we aren't vegetarians or vegans, but we *try* to eat as healthy as our budget allows

I've only frozen two meals so far, from the same recipe:

Spinach, Black Bean and spicy Yellow Rice Casserole

Rice:
1 T veg oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion, minced
3/4 c uncooked long grain rice
3/4 t tumeric
1 1/2 c chicken or vegetable broth, boiling hot
1/4t salt

Heat the oil in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, rice, and tumeric. cook, stirring often until the onion is softened. Add the chicken stock or borth, the salt and pepper. Mix well. Simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let the rice rest off the heat for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and adjust seasoning.

Black Beans:
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1T chili powder

Combine the black beans with the chili powder and set aside.

Spinach:
1T veg oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 10-ounce packages frozen leaf spinach, thawed (don't squeeze dry)
1/4t salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2-4 T water, as needed

Heat the oil in a 10 inch skillet over high heat. When it is hot, add the garlic, spinach, salt, pepper, and 2T of the water. cook, stirring often, until the garlic is fragrant (about 2 mins). Add more water if the spinach is not moist, with loose leaves (it should not be compacted together).

Casserole Assembly:
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
Rice mixture
Black bean mixture
Spinach mixture

Spoon half of the spinach into the bottom of a 2 quart casserle dish, spreading it out evenly. Layer the rice on top, then the beans, the remaining spinach and the cheese.

Bake covered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until sizzling. Serve by spooning into tortillias with sour cream, salsa and guacamole and wrapping into a burrito.
post #3 of 111
Thread Starter 
Other ideas I'm working on:

Lasagna (of course!)
Breakfast bake (or two, but I don't really have any good recipes..hint hint)
Chicken and dumplings (I'm thinking I'll mix the dry dumpling ingredients, put them in a ziplock bag and tape them to the casserole dish, then all I'll have to do is add the milk and oil and drop the dumplings into the pan to cook for 10 minutes and they won't get goopy from being frozen)

My goal is to bake two of 15 meals for a total of 30 meals frozen. That'll give us two to three meals a week for 5-8 weeks and we'll have church memebers bringing us meals for two weeks after baby (usually starting on day 2...they're not fast enough for us homebirthers .
post #4 of 111
I'm subbing because I need ideas! I'm vegan, DH is omnivore--makes it fun!
post #5 of 111
That spinach/black bean thing sounds delicious! I have a bunch of spinach in my freezer too from our CSA.

So far all I have is a lasagna.
post #6 of 111
Thread Starter 
Catherine, the link I posted has some veg. recipes that might be easy to make vegan. And this post is specifically vegetarian recipes. I thought I'd post it in case someone else doesn't have the patience to get to page 40 .
post #7 of 111
Charmie, what would I do without you? Thanks so much for the link!
post #8 of 111
Thread Starter 
Breakfast Casserole Recipes: http://www.bbonline.com/recipe/casse...breakfast.html

It's a little bit overwhelming!
post #9 of 111
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post #10 of 111
Thread Starter 
Anyone?

I've been working on my list all day and have it finalized and am about halfway through the grocery list, which will be MONSTROUS!

Here's the menu, with links where appropriate/possible:
Lasagna
Chili
Shredded BBQ meat
Cheesy Potato and Corn Chowder (sans the velveeta )
Chicken Enchiladas
Minestrone
Shepherd's Pie
Lentil Soup
Thai Squash Soup
Zucchini beef bake
Mustard Balsalmic Chicken
Honey Sesame Chicken

Spinach, Yellow Rice and Black Bean Casserole
Sherry Chicken Casserole
Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken and Dumplings
Breakfast Casserole #1
Breakfast Casserole #2
Corn for Breakfast

Blueberry oat muffins
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
Bread

And at some point, I'll look at last year's list of Christmas cookies and make the dough for those, in preparation for this year's cookies.
post #11 of 111
My Mom and I spent a solid week cooking last time and I had a freezer full of delicious food. Here's some of what we made and froze, we made both veggie and meat versions of most:

Borscht (made with and without meat)
Lasagna (made veggie and meat versions)
Enchiladas (black bean and chicken & black bean and rice)
Cannelloni (veggie only)
Shepherd's Pie (Meat & Roasted vegetable versions)
Chicken Pot Pie
Pasta sauce (Meat and veggie versions, just thaw and serve over pasta or julienned and steamed zucchini)
Swedish meatballs
Chili (meat and veggie)

I plan on doing it again this time but I expect I'll appreciate it even more with a winter baby. Logan was born in July and it was just too hot to stick stuff in the oven most days. (Not in your DDC)
post #12 of 111
We didn't do this with DD because we were staying with the in-laws but I'll definitely have to see if DH wants to do it now. He's the cook in our family.
post #13 of 111
Oh I'm so glad you started this thread, Charmie - i really need to work on this......

I'll be back later to post my ideas!
post #14 of 111
My Mom is a chef and is coming up the second weekend in August to stock our basement freezer. She wants me to plan the menu (we are vegetarian she is not) and make a grocery list. So this is on my list of things to do...

So far I have

"Chicken" pot pie (made with seitan)
Lasagna
Mac -n-cheese
Stuffed shells
Shepherds pie (with veggie burger crumble)
Lentil soup
Corn Chowder
"Chicken" noodle soup (with tofu)
Lentil loaf

My goal is to also put up a bunch of bread, veggie burgers etc, fruit (we are blueberry/strawberry picking next week), banana bread, zucchini bread etc
post #15 of 111
Alyssa, do you have a recipe for the "chicken" pot pie and "chicken" noodle soup?
post #16 of 111
I do but I am on my way out of town. I will leave myself a note to post them when I get back in on Monday (if not remind me!)
post #17 of 111
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Originally Posted by Charmie981 View Post
Other ideas I'm working on:

Lasagna (of course!)
Breakfast bake (or two, but I don't really have any good recipes..hint hint)
Chicken and dumplings (I'm thinking I'll mix the dry dumpling ingredients, put them in a ziplock bag and tape them to the casserole dish, then all I'll have to do is add the milk and oil and drop the dumplings into the pan to cook for 10 minutes and they won't get goopy from being frozen)

My goal is to bake two of 15 meals for a total of 30 meals frozen. That'll give us two to three meals a week for 5-8 weeks and we'll have church memebers bringing us meals for two weeks after baby (usually starting on day 2...they're not fast enough for us homebirthers .
Holy moly! You have room for all of this??? Do you have a deep freezer??
post #18 of 111
I'm hungry now.
post #19 of 111
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jenniferadurham View Post
Holy moly! You have room for all of this??? Do you have a deep freezer??
Lol. Yes. I have a large upright deep freezer in my laundry room. We got it this spring and I've been really bad about feeding it, so mostly it holds popsicles and ice right now .

ETA: even w/o a deep freeze, it's fairly easy to fit a month's worth of meals into the freezer. One suggestion I've read is to put the food into a ziplock bag, then place the bag into a 8x8 pan, then freeze and after the food is frozen, remove the pan. Then your foods will stack.

another suggestion is to line the casserole dish with aluminum foil, freeze the food, remove the aluminium foil and wrap the food with it, then place it in the freezer sans the dish. Then put the food back into the casserole dish it was frozen in to bake. Since I have the space, I've been collecting Glad reuseable oven ware for freezing, though :.
post #20 of 111

Freezing homemade pizza dough

Anybody know what the best, easiest way to freeze homemade pizza dough is? I know my mom has sometimes frozen lumps of dough that are ready to defrost, roll out, top, and bake, but is it possible to bake (partially?) and then freeze?
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