Since mid-November, I’ve been adding foods to the freezer to eat after our baby is born. I decided not to do a big marathon cooking session. Rather, I just planned meals that would freeze well and then I’d make triple (or more) portions. We ate whatever meal it was for dinner and lunch the next day and then I’d freeze the rest in individual serving sizes.
For saucy or soupy meals, I froze them flat. This allows the bags to stack easily and take up the least amount of space in the freezer.
- Baked ziti
- Meaty spaghetti sauce
- Taco meat
- Split pea soup
- Chicken noodle soup
- Taco soup
- Ham (leftover from Thanksgiving)
I plan to make some meatloaves and some Caribbean jerk chicken as well. And, if I happen to make any meal that freezes well, we’ll try to save some for later. Any suggestions for other foods that freeze well?
In all, we have 25+ servings of food. Not a ton of variety, but every little bit helps and we can eat this stuff over the course of the next few months, hopefully.
In addition to our freezer foods, we have some convenience meals in the pantry to throw together.
My goal in doing all this was to give us some options besides take-out in the early weeks with Baby.
Finally, I have a list posted on the fridge that details how many packages of whatever I have. When someone eats a serving of taco soup, we’ll just cross one off the list so we can keep a running tally of what’s on hand.
The top shelf is all freezer meals (and a pack of flour) and below that I have frozen pizza, ice cream, waffles and some chicken. I keep some juice bottles full of water in there, since a full freezer is supposed to be more efficient.