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21 freezer meals to make before baby comes

UPDATE: In preparation for our SECOND daughter to arrive, I did another HUGE haul of meals. You can find the links for them in this post. 

I look back at a few things that I did to “prepare for baby” and can’t help but laugh. Seriously, I was so naïve to think I would use some of the things I thought I just HAD to have. One of the things I definitely do not regret taking the time to do is making freezer meals. Seriously, best move you can make as a mom to be.

I made all 20 of the meals listed below (I made some of them again after Emmy was born) and it only took me one Saturday afternoon to do. A majority of these recipes called for chicken or beef so I bought my meat at Sam’s to save money. I bought all other ingredients at Wal-Mart.

My grand total spent was $165! That is including the bags and a few aluminum foil freezer pans. And a snickers because I was really hungry at the grocery store.

Once I had all I needed, I started by separating the recipes that needed pre-cooking and those that didn’t. I started a few pounds of chicken and beef on the stove while I put together the meals that did not need cooking. In order to do these the fastest, I laid out the gallon sized bag for each recipe on my kitchen table will all possible ingredients close by. I would just go down the line, one by one and add in all ingredients. I used a sharpie to write down the name of the recipe and the cooking instructions.

It was so convenient to just pop the dish into the oven or the crock pot every night for dinner. I really think Jay was impressed with me that I was somehow managing to put really good meals on the table even with the chaos of the new baby.  A few other time-saving tips for new moms: buy crock pot liners and paper plates and utensils! Makes clean up a breeze! Also, I saw that all the fancy food bloggers were using these so I ordered a set after making my first round of freezer meals. I see why they use them! It makes it so much easier! Also, crock pots have gotten pretty fancy over the years! You can now buy them to where they have a built-in timer and will switch to the warm setting once the time has been reached. This helps alot if you are away from the house or if you just have your hands full with baby! I prefer this one because it also has an attached temperature probe to make sure any chicken has reached the right temp before serving! Nifty huh?

Here are all the recipes I used with links to the original sites! I’ve listed my top 10 at the top with photos!  ENJOY!

Chicken Tortilla casserole from 30 handmade days- part of my pre-baby meal prep!

Chicken Black Bean Enchilada Stack from Thirty Handmade Days (Made twice, reheats VERY well)

Parmesan Crusted Chicken- Part of my pre-baby meal prep!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders from Kristine’s Kitchen

Cool Ranch Chicken Tacos- part of my pre-baby meal prep!

Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos from New Leaf Wellness

Skinny Cheddar Stuffed Meatballs- Prep baby meal prep series!

Skinny Cheddar-Stuffed Meatballs from Maebells.  

(have a side of pasta ready to go! Also- this works great with I wash, You Dry’s InstaPot spaghetti!)

Crockpot Philly Cheesesteak- paty of my pre-baby meal prep!

Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks from New Leaf Wellness

Simple Beef Stew- part of my pre-baby meal prep

Simple Beef Stew from Savory Nothings

Baked Chicken Penne- part of my pre-baby meal prep!

Baked Chicken Penne from Our Best Bites

Chicken-Enchiladas-from-GimmeSomeOven.com_

 

Chicken Enchiladas (Makes TWENTY!) from Andrea Dekker

Bourbon Chicken from a Pinch of Yum!Sticky Bourbon Chicken + Rice from Pinch of Yum

 

3 cheese penne bake- part of my pre-baby meal prep!

Skinny Three Cheese Penne from Skinny Mom

Freezer Chicken Pot Pie via Freezer Dinner (one of the best websites for mom’s looking to freezer meal prep!)

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos from Our Best Bites (this one was a guilty pleasure! I had to KEEP myself from making it twice!)

Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken via Who Needs a Cap?

Honey Soy Pork Tenderloins from Eating on a Dime

Chicken Fajitas from The Humbled Homemaker

Sausage Lasagna from A Mom’s Take

Shredded Beef Tacos via Eating on a Dime

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo via Six Sisters Stuff (Made Twice)

Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken via Twin Dragon Fly Designs

Crock Pot Beef + Broccoli from BS Recipes

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Here’s 12 more freezer meals I’ve come to LOVE making!

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