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Freezeable meals for when the baby comes

ETRIXIE Jan 10, 2007 03:36 PM

My daughter is expecting in a few weeks. Does anyone have any tried and true ideas for freezable meals she can prepare now for later?

  1. k
    kerryfood Jan 11, 2007 08:57 PM

    Lasagne, individually portioned
    Soups of most any kind (stews, french onion, zuppa toscana)
    Breads/biscuits/rolls to go with the other foods
    Pot roast, in gravy, in individual portions
    Meatballs (turkey or regular, or like in my freezer right now, turkey pesto in tomato sauce)
    Strombolis (then you can just pop them in the oven)
    Spinach parmesan dip (can be used for lunch with baguette slices, or even put on top of chicken breast to "dress it up")
    Pot pies (or homemade filling, frozen - then you can just heat it up and serve it with biscuits for a quick dinner)
    TJ's chicken fajitas (and their handmade tortillas, frozen)
    Alexia frozen mashed potatoes (obviously not as good as homemade, but with the pot roast it works well)
    Brownies & cookies (must have dessert!)


    1. 2m8ohed Jan 11, 2007 02:29 AM

      I made lots of Italian stuffed shells while I was 9 months pregnant with my 2nd child. Boiled the shells, drained, stuffed with a spinach/garlic/onion/ricotta/mozzarella/egg mixture, then froze on a lined cookie sheet and transferred to Ziploc freezer bags. Homemade sauce can be frozen on the side; jarred sauce works fine, too. When it's time to eat, the shells can be thawed and baked a few at a time with sauce on top.

      1. s
        susan1353 Jan 10, 2007 05:01 PM

        These are all great suggestions. I would just add that it might be helpful to store and freeze in individual portions: I remember that, once the people left and the husband went back to work, it was nice to have something healthy available for just me in the middle of the day.

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          chezlamere Jan 10, 2007 05:00 PM

          Taco meat in batches for taco salad, questadias,
          Beef barley soup in small freezer bags
          Bag of frozen meatballs from M&M
          Pork and veg spring rolls from Costco (mmmm)
          Grilled chicken breasts cut up (great for stir/fry or pasta)

          I'm addicted to those bags of fresh baby carrots, for just munching or cut on the diag. or matchstick.

          1. Sam Fujisaka Jan 10, 2007 04:44 PM

            I have the following in my freezer:

            Baked beans
            Refried beans
            Pasta sauces, w/ and w/o meat
            Creamy creamed soup (made of carrot, potato, onion)
            Lentil and chorizo soup/stew
            Beef stew
            Slow-cooked meats (a chili style and a BBQ style)

            These are each in identical plastic tubs, each good for 2-6 servings. Thaw in the ref, re-heat, serve with what is appropriate: tortillas, rice, or bread.

            1. d
              dietfoodie Jan 10, 2007 04:31 PM

              There's a thread here ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357170 ) that you might find helpful!

              And congratulations, too!

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              1. re: dietfoodie
                Katie Nell Jan 10, 2007 04:48 PM

                And another good one: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33684... Funwithfood's Cream Apple Chicken is amazing!

                1. re: Katie Nell
                  dietfoodie Jan 12, 2007 01:29 AM

                  That does look good! I think I'll slip that into next week's menu.

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                downtownstefanie Jan 10, 2007 04:04 PM

                baked ziti is a good one.

                Congrats to you and your daughter!

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                  xena Jan 10, 2007 03:52 PM

                  italian beef. when reheating just heat it through without boiling so meat doesn't toughen.

                  chicken soup, but leave noodles out til ready to use or they'll mush up.

                  baked mac and cheese

                  spaghetti sauce

                  I like to marinate & grill chicken breasts, then freeze. Very versatile, so convenient.

                  all the best to your daughter.

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