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Everyone says to stock the freezer with meals for after the new baby arrives...sounds great but I really can't think of what to stock it with. We don't usually eat the types of meals that I could freeze.<br>
Our usual diet is fresh salad with some protein on top or meat/fish with a vegetable and rice...etc. I can't imaginbe freezing salmon or anyting like that...has to be cooked fresh, you know. I never make casseroles or things like that but I'm trying to find something to have on hand.<br>
Any ideas? What are you freezing?
 

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I frequently make big pots of soup/chili and freeze that in bags sized for just one meal. I also keep frozen veggies (peas, corn, green beans, broccoli) around. Spaghetti sauce freezes well, or any pasta dish really. We also eat a lot of mexican food, and particulary when i make a pan of enchiladas, i will make double what I need and freeze the rest for another day. I've also bought fresh fish and put it in the freezer. Certainly not the same as fresh, but still a good meal. I also keep a bag of veggie crumblers in there, and tofu can freeze also. Do you eat meat? Most any meat will freeze well.<br><br>
Good luck and happy cooking!
 

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I've been cooking extra 3-4 nights a week. We prefer to eat like you do, but realize that such won't be possible in November. I prepare/cook enough for 4 meals, we eat one for dinner and I freeze the other three. That means I'm stocking my freezer with about 9 entrees a week.<br><br>
I've been using recipes that people use for <b>Once a Month Cooking</b>, because they freeze well. You're right in some things needing to be cooked fresh. One thing you can do ahead of time is to put enough portions for your family in a freezer bag, and add your marinade or seasonings. If you do 4-5 at a time, you'll have a bunch of main dishes ready to go; just have to bake.<br><br><a href="http://www.mindspring.com/~debv/OAMC_101.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mindspring.com/~debv/OAMC_101.htm</a> if you check out her tips, I think she gives some good ideas for things that do and things that do not freeze well, as well as time savers.<br><br><a href="http://www.mindspring.com/~debv/session1.html" target="_blank">http://www.mindspring.com/~debv/session1.html</a> for example recipes.<br><br>
You can do a google search for "Once a Month Cooking" and there are a lot of sites with recipes.<br><br>
A couple other recipes that I'm trying:<br><br>
Tamale Corn Casserole<br>
Serves 10<br>
3 c. corn meal<br>
8 c. water<br>
6 cups whole kernel corn<br>
2 c. chopped olives<br>
1 c. chopped onion<br>
2 c. tomato sauce<br>
½ c. green chilies (opt.)<br><br>
Boil water. Add corn meal. Cook until the consistency of mush. Cook corn, olives, onion and chilies in tomato sauce over medium high heat until onion is transparent. If mixture boils down too much, add water. In casserole dish, place half of mush. Pour vegetable mixture over this. Top with remaining corn mush mixture. Cover; freeze. Place directly into 350° oven from freezer. Bake 2 hours or until hot and cooked through.<br><br><i>I divided this into 3, by putting a ziploc freezer bag in each of 3 loaf pans. I think it needs more corn mush, which I'll probably make more of next time. I think it could be easily stretched to 4 entrees. However, I am thinking that the cooking time will need to be reduced, because it's 4 servings and not 10.</i><br><br>
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Chicken and Rice Bake<br>
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup<br>
1 cup water<br>
¾ cup uncooked regular white rice (we used brown)<br>
¼ tsp. Paprika<br>
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves<br><br>
To freeze: Dump all ingredients into 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag. Lay flat in freezer.<br><br>
To cook: Thaw in refrigerator. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart shallow baking dish. Cover. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until chicken and rice are done.<br><br>
According to the author, this is also good with cream of chicken and cream of asparagus soup. Add cut up asparagus to the latter for a summer treat.<br><br>
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SISTER BEHNING'S STEW<br><br>
2 lbs. Stew meat<br>
1 c. carrots, sliced<br>
1 can green beans (with liquid)<br>
1 can tomatoes<br>
1 c. celery, chopped<br>
1 c. onions, chopped<br>
1 Tbsp parsley (dry)<br>
1 Tbsp Kitchen Bouquet<br>
¼ tsp. Basil<br>
1/3 c. tapioca<br>
salt and pepper to taste<br><br>
Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cook 5 - 6 hours on high. Cool and ladle into freezer bags. Lay flat to freeze.<br><br>
To Serve: Thaw. Pour stew into crockpot, adding 1 c. of frozen (or fresh) diced potatoes. Cook on low for 2 - 3 hours, or until potatoes are soft.
 

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Lasagna, baby! I don't know if you like it, but it freezes well. Someone else suggested enchiladas too, and that's a good idea. I just froze some banana bread, that would be a good postpartum snack or labor snack.
 

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Point #1 - your freezer must be as big as my KITCHEN...<br><br>
Point #2 - I'll be over for dinner next week (ALL WEEK)<br><br>
Point #3 - Dh does the cooking over here, and he can keep doing it. (perhaps he can bring me dinner in bed once baby arrives)<br><br>
:LOL
 

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I stocked my freezer (we have a large freezer in the basement) with all sorts of nice freezer meals when I was preg with my first (summer, 2001), and many are still in there waiting for me to clean them out (for the trash). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
What I really wanted was take out, or frozen pizza after the babe was born (dh doesn't cook beyond making cereal or maybe heating a can of soup). We had lots of delivery stuff!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I didn't mean to bust into this thread - it's been nearly a year since I was pregnant, but in my last few months I made several batches of soup and froze them.<br><br>
Soup isn't "normal" for us, but it was easy, stored easily, and reheated well. I made squash soup, tortilla soup, chili, and ham & bean soup. If you want any of the recipes (all are easy), PM me and I'll pass them on!<br><br>
I also picked up some bagguettes (to eat with the soup), wrapped them in foil, put them in a plastic bag and froze them. It was nice because then when Lilly was born and we didn't feel like cooking, we always had a backup.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I've done burritos already. Today I'm making Shepards Pies and later in the week spaghetti sauce. Not sure what will be after that. I have 5 weeks left and was hoping to do at least one extra batch of something a week during that time. Maybe some borsht. Very good for you and a nice hearty meal.
 

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Thanks for all these good ideas and the links.<br>
Keep them coming...You're all helping so much...<br><br><br>
Some follow up questions:<br><br>
I like lasagna and my toddler likes it but I've never made one. Anyone have directions for one? (vegetable)<br><br>
Can cream based soups be frozen? Do they taste funky when reheated? I like the idea of making up some soups!<br><br>
MFuglei: I'd like the squash soup for sure...I'll try to figure out how to PM you!
 

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Easy Lasagna...<br><br>
Dry Noodles<br>
Jar'd Spaghetti Sauce (i like ragu)<br>
Ricotta Cheese (16 oz)<br>
Mozzerella Cheese 2-3 Cups<br>
Parmesan Cheese - 1 Cup<br><br>
Veggies - you can do broccoli, oniions, garlic, mushrooms, whatever, just saute it up first and end up with about 2 Cups veggies.<br><br>
To assemble, Mix cheeses and veggies in a bowl well.<br><br>
In casserole dish spread 1/4C sauce, 1 layer DRY noodles, then a good 1/2inch worth of stuffing. Then Sauce, noodles, stuffing, you get the idea. End with Noodles, then Sauce, then more Mozzerella.<br><br>
Bake. 350 for 1/1/2 hrs or so. Until the noodles are tender.
 

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This thread is perfect for me also because I don't have the first idea of where to start with freezing food. Last pregnancy/birth FIL made a huge pot of beans with white rice (my favorite). I learned really quick that newborns can not handle that many beans in mommy's milk. Poor DS was soooo gassy for days.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Personally, I would avoid putting veggies into frozen lasagna. I have never liked veggies in lasagna after the second day. They just don't seem to keep well.
 

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I froze a lot during my first pregnancy but didn't eat a lot of it because I froze a lot with dairy ingredients...which my son did not tolerate through my breastmilk...so just incase, i am mixing things up a bit this time around. I have frozen chicken and veggie typr soups, pasta with sauce (i did one with tuna in a tomato sauce that was yummy)...also chicken cacciatore..and a veggie chilli..that's about it so far for dairy-free.<br><br>
I have noticed that pasta freezes well but potatoes do not...I did some shepherd's pies last pregnancy that were just wrong when reheated...the potatoes had a very wierd texture.<br><br><br>
This is my second baby so i have most of the baby necessities ready at hand...so for this baby shower I am asking for a meal "sign up sheet"...i want a week or two of meals brought in every evening by my friends and family...and I'm not afraid to ask for it!!! This is a good way to get fresh yummy salads...friends can make them for you and drop them off on a day to day basis.<br>
I will also ask for gift certificates for my favourite takeout establishments. Also, i am scouring the natural foods frozen sections and stocking up anytime anything goes on sale.
 
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