The Best Freezer Meals for New Moms
If you’re currently awaiting the arrival of a new baby, make-ahead freezer meals are a great way to prepare for the early weeks of being a new mom.
Personally, I hate to cook. I’m not good at it and it definitely does not come naturally for me. I open my fridge and all I see are ingredients…and I have no idea what to do with them unless I have a recipe to follow.
Having these meals prepared ahead of time was such a stress reliever for me. Especially when my third child was unexpectedly born with a cleft lip and palate.
His care and needs were so different and so much more than I’d experienced with my other kids and to say I was overwhelmed is an understatement.
These meals helped to save my sanity at a time when things felt so out of control. Hopefully, these meals can be a help for you as well. Happy Cooking!
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How to create freezer meals
A few weeks before you are due, start preparing your make ahead freezer meals. The first step will be to find some delicious and easy recipes that everyone in your home will enjoy.
Pull your favorites from this list of 60+ freezer meals for new moms and then start your grocery list!
- Pick which recipes you want to make
- Create your grocery list
- Don’t overcook your food. Once you’re ready to eat your meal, it will need to be reheated. If it’s already overcooked, it will become dry when you reheat it.
- Use freezer-safe storage containers or vacuum seal your meals. If you are planning on making a lot of meals I highly recommend investing in a vacuum sealer if you don’t already have one. This will keep air out of the food and prevent freezer burn. It’s also a huge space saver in your freezer.
- Make sure to label each meal and include the reheating instructions. Trust me, you will not remember the instructions even though you think you will. Personally, I use a vacuum sealer, so I label mine with a sharpie. If you are storing them in containers, you can label them with masking tape and a sharpie.
- Store in your freezer and make sure that the meals are completely cooled before you put them away.
- Reheat and enjoy!
Busy preparing for your new baby? Make sure to check out my list of postpartum essentials to help you have a speedy recovery.
Using a Crockpot to Prepare Meals
My crockpot is probably my most used kitchen gadget, besides my instant pot. As a busy mom, having the ability to dump ingredients in the pot in the morning and have a delicious dinner 8 hours later, is priceless.
What I love most about this slow cooker is that this one is non-stick, unlike my original ceramic one.
Next, I love all the different options it has. It’s basically an Instant Pot without the pressure.
And lastly, I love how light it is! When I want to put the cooking pot into the fridge it’s nice and light. My ceramic one weighed a ton and it was a pain to put it in the fridge. I usually put everything in containers, but when I do want to just put the pot in the fridge, it’s nice when it’s not heavy.
By the way, did you know that they make liners for crockpots? I’m hoping I’m not the only one who just learned this.
This would have been great for me when I was still using my ceramic slow cooker. It was always a pain to clean.
On top of protecting your pot and reducing the wear and tear, it also makes cleanup super easy! (If you’re using a nonstick crockpot then you probably don’t need these.) Just take out the liner, toss it in the trash, and you’re done.
Easy Crockpot Recipes
Instant Pot Freezer Meals
My absolute second favorite kitchen gadget is my Instant Pot! I got mine as a Christmas gift 2 years ago, and I’ve been using it multiple times a week ever since.
Your life is about to get very busy, and using your Instant Pot to prepare freezer meals is the perfect way to save time.
(This model usually goes for around $100 but is often on sale. If you can get it under $80 you’re getting a great deal!)
Casserole Freezer Meals
Breakfast Freezer Meals
Pasta Freezer Meals
Mexican Freezer Meals
Soup Freezer Meals
Vegetarian & Vegan Options
Other make ahead meals you’ll love
Enjoy your Freezer Meals and your new baby
Having several meals waiting for you will be a huge relief when you have a new baby at home and you don’t have the time or energy to prepare an entire meal.
Congratulations on your new arrival! Hopefully, these freezer meals are a big help to you during the chaotic and exhausting time of bringing home a new baby.
Don’t forget to check out my list of practical postpartum essentials to help you have a speedy recovery.