I'm pregnant with twins, due in the beginning of April, and I'm looking to make some meals ahead of time and freeze them so that when the babies are here my husband and I don't have to stress about cooking every single meal. (We recently moved to a new town and don't know enough people to count on anyone bringing us food!) I'm not really one to make large meals and freeze portions, so I don't have any recipes that I'm sure would freeze well. Any suggestions would be really appreciated!
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am also pregnant and trying to prepare! Some of the foods I am trying to freeze are soups (has worked with any soup I have made), tomatoe sauce, vegetable burgers, and beans. I would also love other suggestions!
I would suggest making lasagna or stuffed shells. I'm sure you can find a recipe online. Those are super easy to make and if you put them into smaller dishes you just have to throw them in the oven. I have also made frozen enchiladas. Its easy to just assemble everything and then freeze. :)
Sauces like marinara and pesto freeze really well, and so do any non-"dairy" soups like minestrone or chili. In the past, I've also made casserole and pasta dishes (like the one June suggested), and put the UNbaked portions in the freezer. Good luck!!
One of the things I love to freeze is non-fried refried beans. I make a big batch using veggie stock instead of oil and then spread half a cup on a wholegrain tortilla. Fold it in half, wrap in plastic or stack in a large container with wax paper between them and store in the freezer. When you are ready to eat them, you can quickly chop an avocado or some tomatoes, etc for a topping. These thaw and reheat in a skillet or in the oven in just a few minutes and you end up with a bean quesadilla.
I hope this adds a little variety to your choices :0)
Pretty much everything has already been mentiooned: soups (make big batches, then divide into separate meals, I personally love lentil soup & veg chili. Plus, the veg chili you could serve on potatoes or a wrap w/veggies.) Pesto freezes well, too, as does marinara sauce....all you would have to do is boil the pasta. And then there's beans that you could freeze, too....you could make burritos/wraps.
Have you thought about purchasing a slowcooker? Also, having the occasional frozen meal that you purchase at the grocery store or doing takeout help when you just can't face cooking that day.
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