Dec 12 2008

A peek at my freezer meals

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.

I’ve made:

  • 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.

19 Responses to “A peek at my freezer meals”

  1. You are superwoman. Smart ideas, Kacie. You’ve pretty much nailed the meals I could suggest. Lot’s of soups seem like a good idea.

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  2. Hi,
    This is a fantastic idea. We did the same thing. My son is three and we still do it!

    Chicken Spaghetti
    Beef Enchilada Casserole
    Beer Cheddar Soup
    Potato and Wild Rice Soup
    Corn Beef – just to throw in the crock pot
    Usually any pasta dish will hold up well.

    Do not freeze sour cream.
    As my granny says, you can freeze anything if you don’t mind a difference in texture and taste on some things! Email me if you want the recipes.

  3. Thought of another one!
    Taco Pie

  4. Lasagna works great. I’ll make up a regular lasagna. But instead of cooking it in a 9×13, I’ll use a 9×9 and then 2 loaf pans. The loaf pans get frozen before cooking. The 9×9 is cooked for dinner that night.

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  5. I made tortilla soup and potato soup. Those both freeze really well and don’t take up a lot of space.

  6. I second the lasagna! I did the same thing with my babies. :-)

  7. Chili freezes really well and it’s fairly inexpensive.

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  8. I freeze chicken curry flat in bags. Then all I have to do is make some white rice. It’s yummy and different. I like a recipe that contains coconut milk. You can add all sorts of vegetables to it.

  9. i have home-made chicken noodle soup, chili, and black bean burger patties in my freezer.

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  10. Kacie! You are such a genius for freezing soups flat! That never occurred to me and makes so much more sense than what I’ve been doing. :) Thanks for the idea! I love making large pots of soup and freezing. Chili is good too. I think you’ve got a great stash already. Wow!

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  11. A word of caution: if you plan to breastfeed your baby, be careful with the chili and garlic until you know how Baby will react to them. I have been unable to eat any Mexican or Italian foods with any of my babies (*sniff*). Spicy or garlicky foods have always hurt their tummies. Excellent idea to get so many meals prepared ahead of time. You’ll definitely be glad you did!!


  12. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

    @MrsMoney thanks! But I definitely didn’t come up with the idea. I think I read it online somewhere, myself.

    @Jessica – great advice! I’ve been making my freezer meals a bit more bland than usual — no onions or garlic and limited spices. If they do seem to affect me, at least my husband will be able to eat ’em! Hopefully though, we’ll both be able to eat those. We’ll see!

  13. If you might also do some snacks. I found it hard to even eat for a while because I was so tired my body was kind of shutting down. I don’t think I could have stomached something thick or heavy like pasta or chili at those times. Some of my favorites around the holidays are cookies (of course) and Chex mix. I think chex mix is particularly good because it’s partially healthy, and it’s such small pieces you can eat it really slowly if need be. Plus, it doesn’t need to be heated up so you can keep it nearby and eat without going to the kitchen. Or to have in the bedroom during night feedings.

  14. Hello Kacie!

    I like your idea of making some food ahead of time. You will probably thank yourself 10 times over after the baby arrives.

    I like to keep meals in the freezer just to cut down on the temptation to eat out and to have a quick nutritious dinner when I just don’t feel like cooking.

    One of our favorite items to freeze with good results is meatloaf and meatballs. The meat mixture is the same for both. I fully cook them ahead of time and then take out the meatloaf in slices as we need them.

    The meatballs make delicious meatball sandwiches and spaghetti and meatballs.

    Take Care,


  15. That’s a great idea!

  16. I was going to warn you about the certain spices if you are going to breastfeed, but I see you have already been warned :) I just planned some meals that are pretty mild-or leave out garlic, onions, spicy spices-lol…of course, they may not taste that good :) None of my kids had problems (I have 5) but you never know. Also, you might think about some breakfast items. I would make up waffles, pancakes and muffins or quick breads. It’s just nice to have a quick food for any meal you can pull out of the fridge..oh, one other thing I did was to make batches of pre-cooked hamburger or ground turkey. Froze it in serving sizes and when I needed I would either zap it for about 30 seconds or I would just throw it into what I was making :) Meatloaf and meatballs are another great idea too :)

  17. Yeah, we might do some breakfast things but a lot of the time we just have a bowl of cold cereal or oatmeal. Might stick with that to keep it simple.

    Then again, it would be nice to have a pancake or waffle once in awhile!

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