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freezer meal planning

by Heather

I feel like I’ve been in a stage of denial with this pregnancy.  Like I’ve got all the time in the world, which is why we’ve been procrastinating like crazy.  Granted the holidays were a busy time, but honestly, I figured I would put preparations off until the new year, thinking I’d have tons of time.  Now that January is here, I’m officially due in 6 ½ weeks… eeekkkk!  When I put it like that, it sure does not sound like a lot of time.  So last night I began a bit of freezer meal planning for when she arrives.  I haven’t actually made anything yet, but I’m at the first step: planning.  Or should that be cleaning my freezer….???

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I posted this pic to instagram + facebook and got a lot more ideas from people:

  • potato soup
  • breakfast pizzas
  • pumpkin bread
  • chicken tortilla soup
  • meatballs & spaghetti sauce
  • regular pizzas
  • chicken chili Mac (minus the mac)
  • teriyaki chicken
  • split pea soup
  • taco chili from skinnytaste
  • lasagna
  • healthy mac and cheese
  • waikiki meatballs

I also have a whole section of freezer meals on my recipe page that I used when I was pregnant with Hunter.  I don’t plan to make all of the things I did last time, but here are a few I’m considering.

Here’s my plan of attack.

  1. Finalize what meals I want to make.
  2. Clean out the freezer… I guess. 😉
  3. Incorporate one of the freezer meals into our dinner rotation and then make 1-2 extra meals of the same thing so that I’m not spending a whole day making freezer meals.  So if I’m making quiche, I’ll make a couple extra at the same time and put them in the freezer instead of baking.
  4. Spend 1 or 2 Saturday mornings working on breakfasts like waffles and baked oatmeal for the freezer.
  5. Over the next 6-?? weeks I’ll slowly build a supply of dinners, breakfasts and snacks for when baby girl arrives.

While I’m working on planning the freezer meals, are there any that I just HAVE to include?  Meals you made that froze and still tasted great?  Please share links!

Today is a wonderful day… I’m heading out for an hour long massage soon.  It’s been a while since I’ve laid on my stomach and the pregnancy pillow is calling my name.  Happy weekend all!

Heather

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 4, 2014 - 7:21 am

Such great ideas!! I need to start thinking about this for the adoption!

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Staci January 6, 2014 - 9:48 am

This is a great idea just for lazy dinner nights to avoid getting take out. I’ll have to make a few of these for my own freezer meals!!!

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ErikaMC January 6, 2014 - 11:45 am

A few things that we usually have in the freezer: lasagna, scalloped potatoes and ham, chicken and noodles, shredded chicken, pancakes, granola bars and cookies, cheesy hashbrown casserole, and banana or pumpkin bread.

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