10 more weeks until baby’s due date! I’ve been diligently freezer cooking a little each week. And I just realized that after this next week … I should be done! I wish my freezer wasn’t in a messy, kind of dark garage so I could show you how much food I’ve done so far. It’s amazing!
After I am done, I am solely focusing on decluttering the house, stocking the pantry and other household staples and whatever other crazy things I come up with that must be done before the baby gets here (recaulking the toilets and the shower anyone?!). (I did give in and hire a cleaning company to come in and clean the house from top to bottom a week before baby is due … there’s just no way I am physically going to be able to clean the house like I want!)
Here are the meals I am preparing:
Lasagna (ready to bake) Chicken, Broccoli, Cheese and Brown Rice Casserole x 2 (thaw and bake) Chicken Enchiladas x 2 (ready to bake) Sloppy Cubanos (just thaw and heat) Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (just thaw and bake) Meatloafs: Italian, BBQ, Onion/Mushroom (thaw and bake) Rosemary Lemon Pork Chops (marinated, thaw and grill) Fajita Chicken with onions and peppers (thaw and heat) Rancher Steak Rub Pot Roast (seasoned, browned – throw in Crockpot to cook) Sloppy Joes (thaw and heat) Hamburger Soup (thaw and heat) Pizza Casserole (ready to bake) Chicken Pot Pies (ready to bake)
- Green Rice Casserole (thaw and bake)
Lemon Garlic Chicken (thaw and heat) Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe (thaw and heat) Spinach Lasagna Rolls (ready to bake) Healthy Chicken Nuggets (thaw and heat) Bean and Cheese Burritos (heat) Italian Chicken (marinated, thaw and grill)
- BBQ Chicken – Shredded (thaw and heat)
- Ham and Cheese Roll Ups (ready to bake)
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (thaw and eat)
- Baked Oatmeal (thaw and heat)
Muffins (thaw, eat cold or warm up) Breakfast casserole (thaw and heat) Breakfast Burritos (heat) Pancake mix (dry – ready to prepare)
There’s a good mix of entrees, lunch foods, snacks and breakfast items. I tried to also make some already cooked, some that need baked and others that will still need to be grilled. This will add some variety to our meals, rather just casserole after casserole. (Don’t get me wrong. I love casseroles.)
You’ll see there’s only one soup. Normally soup is extremely budget-friendly and freezer-friendly … but my husband isn’t much of soup-lover so that really almost eliminates that category for us. I can get away with an occasional soup and chili always works – but I can’t add much soup in to our freezer planning as I would be the only one eating it!
And with my food sensitivities, I am trying to keep the inclusion of corn, egg and yeast products to a minimum either by checking ingredients carefully or making things from scratch if I have to. Post-baby I will relax on these sensitivities some but still need to be careful not to overdue my intake of these foods or I will find myself not only dealing with a newborn – but also a long list of ailments that will leave me not feeling very good.
What are you favorite freezer-friendly meals?