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Can we start a freezer/crockpot recipe thread for postpartum meals? So far the only thing I've frozen is chocolate chip pan cookies and brownies. Tasty, but not the healthy food I'm thinking I'll need to get through the day with a newborn and a toddler.

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Funny, I was just thinking yesterday about starting a thread like this!

I haven't started freezer cooking yet (well other than the leftover lentil soup I froze the other day) but I've been thinking about it. I think I'll do 5 or 6 pans of sausage meatballs, everyone loves them and they're versatile and freeze well. I think I'm also going to fry up 10 pounds of hamburger and freeze in one pound portions. I might dice and freeze some small poritions of onions and green peppers, I use those in a lot of dishes. Maybe put together a few lasgnas, too? That's all I've thought of so far.
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We only have a very small freezer so won't be able to freeze much, if anything, ahead of time. DH and I are trying to brainstorm staples to have on hand for quick throw together meals. We tend to make fairly quick meals, anyway, but I feel like I'm going to want some hearty meals.
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My goal from here on out is to double at least 2 meals a week and freeze one. Things I plan to do:
chicken soup, tomato soup, lasagne, eggplant parm, pasta sauce with garden veggies, mac and cheese, enchiladas

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We have a freezer full of chicken stock, bean broth, tomato sauce, and pesto.

I'm hoping to make some tomato basil soup this week - we have a ton of tomatoes and basil from our garden to use!

Other than having those staples (plus quinoa, dry beans, rice, dried fruit, peanuts, and some fresh veggies and some frozen) on hand, we'll be hoping for friends to help us out, plus visitors for about a month around the time the baby is born (though one of them doesn't cook...)

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We also have a very small freezer so I can't go crazy with a bunch of casserole sized stuff. I've beent thinking myself about what to have on hand or to make/freeze ahead of time and I'm just so unmotivated to cook right now, it's hard! Usually I enjoy preparing a nice dinner each night, but for the last month or so, it's been a struggle to get much of anything to the table.

Crockpot meals sound pretty good to me postpartum, something I can just throw in there and leave. BBQ chicken on ww buns, chicken mushrooms & wild rice, soups & stews, etc would be very easy to throw in the night before when dh is home to entertain the kiddos & then I could just plug it in the am. I think I'll go that route vs. freezing.

Also having things on hand like ww tortillas, cheese & black beans for quick burritos, tuna & cheese for quick tuna melts, that sort of thing that I can throw together quickly.

Hoping I can get some inspiration from other people's ideas...

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Crockpot meals sound pretty good to me postpartum, something I can just throw in there and leave. BBQ chicken on ww buns, chicken mushrooms & wild rice, soups & stews, etc would be very easy to throw in the night before when dh is home to entertain the kiddos & then I could just plug it in the am. I think I'll go that route vs. freezing.
This is the sort of thing we're planning on. We'll have dry beans in the house (lower sodium than canned, and I'm on a low sodium diet), so we can throw those in the crockpot and voila - burritos, plus beans to turn into other meals. And DS will even snack on beans.

DH is planning to make and freeze a salsa that we can use in a crockpot recipe with chicken that I have.

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Like a lot of you, our freezer just isn't big enough to hold much more than a casserole or two, so finding some good and hearty crock pot recipes is my goal...so will be watching this thread closely!

I'm just stupid when it comes to cooking and really need directions! Does anyone here have a favorite crock pot recipe book? I prefer recipes without canned ingredients like cream of whatever soups and canned beans and such. Those dinners you mention, mistymama, sound great - do you have recipes?
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I'm just stupid when it comes to cooking and really need directions! Does anyone here have a favorite crock pot recipe book? I prefer recipes without canned ingredients like cream of whatever soups and canned beans and such. Those dinners you mention, mistymama, sound great - do you have recipes?
I've used www.crockpot365.blogspot.com. Anything that's canned/packaged I just make myself or substitute something else.

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I'm just stupid when it comes to cooking and really need directions! Does anyone here have a favorite crock pot recipe book? I prefer recipes without canned ingredients like cream of whatever soups and canned beans and such. Those dinners you mention, mistymama, sound great - do you have recipes?
I can't cook without a recipe either. Mistymama please post your yummy sounding meals!

Does anyone have a good muffin recipe that can be cooked, frozen and then just microwaved or defrosted?

I used this recipe http://whatscookingamerica.net/Bread...sFantastic.htm for freezer cinnamon rolls (I made a different icing) and they turned out great!

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So far in the freezer I have a Shepherd's Pie, pre-cooked pinto beans, chicken broth, cherries for smoothies, a loaf of zucchini bread, and 12 Kitchen Sink Muffins. By the middle of Oct. I plan to have 2-3 loaves of homemade whole-wheat bread, several more casseroles, a batch or two of my Creamy Leek Soup, pre-cooked black beans, kidney beans, and lentils, pre-cooked ground beef, pre-cooked rice, and pre-chopped onions, green peppers, and carrots. Oh and probably some chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal-raisin cookies. Yum I cannot wait to be snuggling my baby and letting DH do all the cooking/reheating!


Honey693---I have an awesome healthy muffin recipe that I freeze and defrost easily all the time. I usually just pop them frozen into the toaster oven for a couple minutes and then they are nice and hot and ready for the breakfast table I don't have a microwave, but I imagine it would work just fine too. These are the only muffins I've been able to find that stay really moist even after freezing---I hate dry, crumbly muffins.

Kitchen Sink Muffins

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 T. vanilla
1/4-1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 apple, grated (I use granny smith---if you use a sweet apple you can reduce the honey by a T. or so if you like)
3 carrots, grated
1 banana, mashed (optional) (if you use the banana, use the lower amount of honey)
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup flaked coconut (if sweetened, reduce brown sugar by a T.)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 T. baking powder

Directions:
Combine flour, oats, yogurt, and milk thoroughly in a non-metal bowl; cover with a dishcloth and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. Add eggs, vanilla, honey, butter, apple, carrots, banana, raisins, coconut, and nuts. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a seperate bowl and then add to the wet mixture. Fill each muffin cup nearly to the top with batter and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes approximately 20 muffins.

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I just bought a chest freezer and I've been having fun filling it up! So far I've got

-spinach and gnocchi with cheese sauce (4)
-vegetarian chili (4)
-black bean soup (5)
-brown rice (4)
-2 batches waffles
-2 batches chocolate waffles
-a random assortment of stuff that I got at my baby shower

I have a long plan otherwise, but this summer heat has been kicking my behind, maybe today while it's cooler I can make some more. I also plan on BBQ (sloppy joes), black beans, curried split peas, lasagne, and a few other kinds of soup.

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Here is what I have so far (made in the last 4 weeks):
Meat loaf X2
Taco meat
Okra Stew
Vegetable soup
zucchini bread (already baked)
squash muffin batter
pasta fagioli (soup with tomatoes, pasta, beans, beef, italian spices)
spaghetti sauce

I still plan on making:
salsa chicken (frozen that goes in crock pot)
chili
curry chicken
3 beans & sausage (frozen that goes in crockpot)
peach chicken curry (frozen that goes in crockpot)
lentil soup
sloppy joe meat
pot pie
Salmon pasta sauce

I usually make a double batch of something once a week and freeze half. It's worked well so far.

The reason I am freezing so many is because DS has allergies and I don't trust people to cook the food. I'm sure we'll get a few meals from good friends but when I had my last baby, the allergen-free stuff wasn't even close. I had requested milk- and soy-free stuff. We got cheesy foccacia, soy-sauce noodles, etc. And this was the stuff that I could tell was actually not safe for us. I'm sure plenty of people used unsafe broth, margarine, etc.

We just have a normal sized freezer on top of our fridge so I'm not sure this will all fit. I should be able to make about 10 things and possibly as much as 14. ALl of the meals will be fairly simple, involving me to cook nothing but pasta, potatoes, bread, or rice to go with it.
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this thread is way too exhausting for me! i see a big Sam's Club trip in my future.
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What kind of containers do you freeze things in? I've been using Tupperware, but I noticed that it gets freezer burned fairly fast.

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I usually freeze my casseroles in disposable aluminum pans covered with a layer of wax paper and then heavy-duty aluminum foil. Muffins are wrapped in heavy-duty aluminum foil and then placed in a freezer ziploc. Soups, pre-cooked meat/beans, and pre-chopped veggies go in freezer ziplocs. Whole-wheat bread is wrapped in saran wrap, then heavy-duty aluminum foil, then placed in a ziploc (it gets dry so easily).

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Does anyone have a good muffin recipe that can be cooked, frozen and then just microwaved or defrosted?
Almost any muffin will freeze well, just undercook them a tiny bit. Banana and applesauce muffins (because of the extra moisture) seem to freeze the best.

I like to freeze quick breads two slices at a time--individually wrapped and inside a gallon freezer bag--this is just enough for a mom and toddler snack.

Google "OAMC" for great freezer recipes of all kinds. the Good and Cheap Eats blog also has wonderful recipes.
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