We talk a lot about preparing for birth and breastfeeding, but we haven't talked too much about practical ways to ease the burden of life postpartum.
One way is to have a stash of freezer meals that can be easily reheated on a chaotic day when meal prepping doesn't seem like it will happen.
I recommend getting a batch of meals made up before your baby arrives (you could even make a meal prep party out of it as a baby shower alternative). Here are a few of my favorite freezer meals!
Pulled Pork or Chicken - Okay it's not a full meal, but with a veggie steamer side, a pulled pork sandwich can really hit the spot if you love BBQ like I do! Making a big batch of barbeque and separating into family portions in freezer bags can come in handy. You can also use the meat for fajitas, "burrito bowls" or other applications.
I'm a breakfast junkie so most of my suggestions will be breakfast foods because I could eat breakfast all day every day.
Breakfast Burritos - I'll use a dozen eggs, some sausage and veggies, and whip up about a dozen breakfast burritos complete with salsa and sour cream. The salsa can make them a little soggy sometimes so you might opt to use salsa as a dipper after reheating. Of course you can always get creative and add as many ingredients as you'd like. Every now and again I'll mix in rice and beans or some hash browns for a larger caloric kick.
Fritata Muffins - These fall under breakfast but I don't find them particularly filling so I'll use them as nutrient dense snacks more often. Whip up some eggs, milk, and add whatever your favorite veggies, cheese, and meats are, and bake some fritatas in a cupcake pan. Yummmmyyyyy.
Quiche - okay I don't actually MAKE quiche, but I love to keep a couple Costco quiches in my freezer! They're easy to make for any meal with a side of fruit and yogurt, or you can make them quick if someone stops by to see you and the baby.
Speaking of stopping by to see you and the baby, if a visitor asks if they can bring anything, don't say no! Ask them to make a casserole that you can freeze! Other meal ideas that freeze well are:
Tortellini Casserole (Vegetarian or with meat)
Cheesy Chicken Casserole
What is your favorite freezer meal for postpartum? Share in the comments below!
Jaimie is an Air Force Wife, Catholic Mom of Four Little Bears, Motherhood Photographer, Birth Doula and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) serving families virtually and locally in Wichita Falls, Texas.