I'm pretty proud to say that after a couple weeks' work, I think I have enough food in the freezer to feed my little family (two adults and a toddler) for about a month after baby girl makes her arrival. That includes food for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. And it doesn't include pantry staples that I'll also have on hand to whip up simple meals.
So without further ado, here is a list of links to some of the recipes I've put together to stock my freezer. In addition to using some of my tried-and-true favorite recipes, I've been scouring Pinterest lately accumulating new recipes for us to try. And as you will notice, I am really putting my new Weelicious cookbook to good use. Hubby got it for me for Christmas and I LOVE it. Seriously my new favorite cookbook. I've made a ton of recipes out of it already and can't wait to try more. And I love it because the food really is good...for the bean and for us grown-ups, too! So alot of the items listed below that I originally made with the bean in mind will probably end up being eaten by mom, too. Just being honest here, folks! Anywho, here ya go:
Lunch-type Foods for the Bean:
- Corndog Muffin Bites...I made mine with boxed cornbread mix and turkey hotdogs. The bean loves them! Great for lunches.
- Mac & Cheese Bites...I made a few substitutions/additions with this one. I used ham instead of chicken because that's what I had on hand. I also added finely chopped broccoli. Gotta sneak some veggies in there somehow!
- Carrot Snack Sticks...The bean loves these (and so do I). They are a great side dish for toddler lunches.
- Zucchini Tots...Yum! These could work as a side for a toddler lunch OR with dinner for us grown-ups. Very tasty.
- Baked Zucchini Coins...These are so good. We had some as a side with dinner the other night and hubby could not get enough!
- Veggie Nuggets...A great recipe from Weelicious. I made mine with sweet potato instead of regular potatoes just because that's what the bean prefers. They are sooooo yummy! Here is the how-to video direct from the Weelicious site.
- Spinach Gnocch-wee...Haven't actually tried these yet, but I had all the ingredients on hand so I figured why not!? Excited to see how they taste!
Ready-to-cook Meal Items:
- Cheesy Potatoes and Ham...I added broccoli to mine!
- Hawaiian BBQ Chicken...I just threw all the ingredients in a freezer bag. I'll thaw it the night before and then dump everything in the crockpot to cook. So easy.
- Bacon and Cheese Chicken...This is a favorite of ours. Again, I just put everything (except the cheese and bacon...I'll add those on cooking day) in a freezer bag to thaw and cook in the crockpot when I'm ready.
- Corn and Black Bean Tostadas...I add ground beef and diced tomatoes to mine. I browned the beef and threw everything (except the rice...I'll add that on cooking day) into a freezer bag. Just thaw, reheat, and serve with tostadas, chips, or in taco shells. This is a favorite in our house!
- Meatballs...Alot of uses for these (with pasta, sandwiches, in soups, etc.).
- Sloppy Joe Meat...Already cooked, ready to reheat and throw on some hamburger buns.
- Meatloaf...I don't follow a specific recipe, just threw together my favorite meatloaf.
- Mexican Shredded Chicken...Again, no real recipe. Just chicken and a can of diced tomatoes and chiles. Throw in the crockpot for a few hours until cooked, then shred the meat. This is great in tacos or just over rice.
- Black Bean Soup...This is another favorite of ours. I made a big batch the other night and froze what we had leftover.
- Crockpot French Onion Soup
- Chicken Taco Chili
- Pasta e Fagioli...I make my version of this with regular tomato sauce instead of spaghetti sauce. And I usually use frozen mixed veggies since that is typically what I have on hand.
Breakfasts and Snacks:
- Oatmeal On-the-go Bars...These are really more of a snack-type food for me. It's tough to find time to eat during those first few days after baby comes, so these should come in handy!
- Carrot Cake Cookies...From the Weelicious cookbook. These are soooooo good!
In addition to the food I actually made, I am also stocking up on things like bread, waffles and pancakes, and of course meat. I always keep a bag of individually frozen chicken breasts in the freezer...they are great for throwing in the crockpot with some bbq sauce or italian salad dressing for an easy dinner. Just serve over rice.
So even though I still have a ton to do before baby comes, I'm feeling a little more prepared. At least I know that we'll have plenty of yummy food to eat and that the dinnertime craziness won't be quite as crazy as it was the first time around.