30 Days Of Baby ~ Make Ahead Meals

I'm going to be starting a new section of recipes called 30 Days Of Baby for the blog. My goal is to have 30 days of meals in our deep freezer so that when baby arrives in January I can have one less thing to worry about getting done.  I have added a quick link at the top so you guys can have fast access to awesome frozen meals. This will be an ongoing link as I finish my project.

I have researched a gazillion recipes to go with ones I know already freeze well. I love a lot of the planning ideas on other blogs I have found but here are some problems I have run into with most of the recipes. #1) My family doesn't eat a lot of leftovers. So, I am trying to eliminate doubling or tripling meals. #2) My family is not a huge fan of soups. I can squeeze a few in here and there, but for the most part, Veggie Soup isn't going to cut it. #3) My boys eat a LOT. I mean, a LOT. They are scrawny but they can pack some food. I can't have 30 days worth of soup and salad or I'm going to end up cooking anyway. I needed some meals with sustenance.

So, here is my plan. I have a list of meals I know freeze well and have added them to my meal plan in the next month. My plan is to double those meals when I make them, put them in disposable containers, label them and pop them in the freezer.

Some of these meals I will cook ahead of time, some I will just put together and store in a freezer bag for the crock pot. I am so excited to see how it all comes together! Please add to the list if you have a favorite freezer meal and send me the recipe. I will be adding the recipes as I cook them up!

Here is the list I have so far:

Meals:

  1. Lasagna
  2. Meatballs for Spaghetti
  3. Chicken Pot Pie
  4. Taco Meat
  5. Tortilla Soup
  6. Pot Roast
  7. Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
  8. Baked 5 Cheese Ziti
  9. Sloppy Joes
  10. Poppy Seed Chicken
  11. Tuna Casserole
  12. BBQ Chicken
  13. Chili
  14. Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
  15. Rosemary Ranch Chicken
  16. Shepard's Pie
  17. Chicken and Dumplings
  18. Brunswick Stew
  19. Tomato Soup
  20. Salmon Patties
  21. Salisbury Steak
  22. Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops
  23. Beef Enchiladas
  24. Chicken Parmesan
  25. Turkey Breast
  26. Parmesan Tilapia
  27. Crab Cakes
  28. Crock Pot Potato Soup
Breads and Muffins:
  1. Banana Muffins
  2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
  3. Corn Bread Muffins
  4. Potato Dinner Rolls
  5. Banana Oatmeal Muffins
  6. Garlic Cheese Biscuits
Side Dishes:
  1. Baked Cheese Grits
  2. Cheddar Mashed Potatoes 
  3. Homemade Mac and Cheese

5 comments:

  1. This is awesome that you would share your research here. Thanks! I would love to stock my freezer just for normal life, too!

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  2. That is truly amazing. If you can make and freeze all that, more power to ya, girl. I was just glad to have about a week's worth of easy meals frozen. But then again I was truly blessed to have friends from church and MOPS who made and delivered meals, too. That helped out so much. Some of that stuff was freezable, too, so I put those away for days when I just didn't want to mess with cooking. Good luck and thanks for sharing your ideas!!

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  3. This is SO AWESOME Casey!! You are super mom...I've always thought so. I am going to have to steal many of these recipes because I am NOT good at last minute cooking. I need things ready ahead of time and we have a huge freezer with plenty of space to stock up. This is a great thing...thanks for sharing!!

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  4. I'm not pregnant, but I really need to do this! I am looking forward to this series!

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  5. What a great idea! Anything to save time, right?!?

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