You know you’re nesting like a crazy woman when you lay awake at 4am thinking of meals you can bulk prepare and freeze to help you out post baby! This was me a few nights ago so I thought I would share with you what I’m planning to cook up for the freezer. I remember my sister doing this when she went on maternity leave a couple of years ago and making a mental note that I would do the same next time.
Some may think this is a bit unnecessary but I really don’t want to fall down that slippery slope of endless takeaways during those early newborn days. Not only is convenience food expensive but I’m also conscious that it’s also not very nutritious.I personally would much prefer to have a freezer stocked up with homemade nutritious family meals that we can easily defrost and simply reheat. Overall I’m hoping it will save me a lot of stress in those early days when we’re all still trying to find our feet as a new family of four!
Here are ten things I plan to prepare over the next couple of weeks! If you have any other ideas or recipes that you think would freeze well then please do let me know!
This is a firm family favourite in our house. I’ll probably make enough so that it will do a couple of dinners. Once reheated I’ll serve this with spaghetti or pasta.
Chilli Con Carne
Chilli is super versatile so I will either serve this with rice, on a jacket potato or even in tortilla wraps with some guacamole and sour cream.
Sausage & Bean Cassoulet
This is a fab one pot dinner which you could have with just some crusty bread or if you want it to go further then serve it with new potatoes or rice.
Curry is another favourite in our house. It’s always a good one to have in to stop you reaching for the take away menu too when you fancy an Indian!
Pork & Apple Burgers
Now these I won’t actually cook before freezing. I’ll just pre prepare them to save time and then pop in the freezer in between some parchment paper to stop them sticking together. Then I can just defrost and cook them on the day. You can find the recipe here.
Filo Topped Chicken & Mushroom Pie
I use this Joe Wicks recipe which is so so tasty. This pie freezes really well and is a good healthier alternative to your normal chicken pie.
This is probably the most unhealthy meal on this list but it’s one of our favourite dinners. Served with a big side salad balances out all the cheese too, right?!
Sweet Potato Topped Cottage Pie
Cottage pie is the ultimate comfort food. I love topping mine with sweet potato mash and I serve it with lots of simple green veggies.
Meatballs In Homemade Tomato Sauce
These are great in the freezer because you can even store them in a zip lock bag rather than a tub so they take up less space. I like to pack the sauce with lots of finely diced hidden veg like onions, peppers and courgettes.
Another super versatile dish. Super healthy and can be served with both rice or pasta but my personal favourite is with a jacket potato and sausages.
Hope this gives you some inspiration if you’re wanting to stock up your freezer!