Freezer Meals

March 31, 2010 · 22 comments

in misc.

So, yesterday was my due date.  It came and went without too much excitement.  Much like today, I guess.  It’s obvious that this baby is not punctual like his or her mother and father.  Instead, baby has inherited the always-running-late gene prevalent in most Greeks.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been preparing a few meals here and there (well, mostly just making extras of things I’m already making for dinner) to freeze for easy access once the baby gets here.  It’s no secret that Tom is not exactly a pro in the kitchen (here’s just one example) and I don’t want to be spending a lot of money getting takeout/delivery all the time – not to mention the fact that this pretty much always equates to eating unhealthily, too.

I originally wanted to make some spiced up chicken burgers, chicken enchiladas, and a couple other things but there is just NO room in the freezer right now considering our freezer is not that big to begin with and the half that isn’t currently housing frozen meals has some meat and vegetables.   Plus, I thought I was running out of time.  Silly me.  So, there’s not as much variety as I’d originally hoped, but I’m happy to at least have about a dozen or so meals that are on hand for easy cooking/reheating.

Here are the things that actually made it into the freezer:

Slowcooker Pulled BBQ Chicken (Two quart-sized bags)

Lasagna (Three 8×8 square disposable baking pans, wrapped in foil and placed in gallon-sized bags)

Fava Bean Stew (One gallon-sized bag)

Beef Stew (Two gallon-sized bags)

Sausage and Lentil Soup (Three quart-sized bags)

Chorizo and Black Bean Breakfast Burritos (about 12 burritos, individually wrapped and then placed in two gallon-sized bags)

Since we have a freezer drawer thingy on the bottom of our refrigerator it’s kind of hard to take pictures of how easily the freezer bags made stacking.  They took up much less space than they would using any other method.

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rookie cookie March 31, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Excellent post. I too am expecting- due in mid May- and freezer meals have been flooding my brain. You have given me some good ideas.

Here’s to hoping that you go into labor soon. And here’s to hoping your delivery goes well. Don’t listen to the naysayers, delivery is great. It’s the biggest adrenaline rush ever.

Good luck!

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Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul April 1, 2010 at 1:18 am

Gosh you are ready!!! Good luck Elly…maybe there’s an Easter baby on the way!

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Emma April 1, 2010 at 6:06 am

Good for you! I never managed to be organized enough to stock my freezer before I had my kids, although for my second, a dear friend threw me a surprise ‘food’ shower, where everyone who came brought me a frozen meal to take home. That was awesome, and so nice to have on hand.

I hope that baby doesn’t keep you waiting too much longer! My second came 5 days late, I was getting quite irritable by the time she finally made her appearance.

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Toy Lady April 1, 2010 at 6:28 am

My son was nearly 2 weeks late – I so feel for you!

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Niki April 1, 2010 at 7:18 am

Such a good idea!!! I hope that kid comes out soon! Good luck!

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Kate April 1, 2010 at 8:29 am

You’re so prepared! I love these meal ideas, and I’m *not* expecting.

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Maria April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am

Great prep work Elly!

Be patient, the little one will come soon enough … and then EVERYTHING will change!!! So enjoy a couple more days alone with your hubby — albeit immensely pregnant and probably very tired (been through it twice but looking forward to doing it at least once more!!).

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Sophie @ yumventures April 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

I wish you the best of luck with your baby! You seem so prepared! Baby or no baby for me, having meals in the freezer is a great idea! I love the breakfast burritos — and so would my boyfriend!

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nina April 2, 2010 at 5:33 am

This is such an exciting time and you are well-prepared……baby will come when he/she feels ready. You will be a wonderful and calm mommy!Both my babies came a month early, so I was not at all prepared…..it is 12 years ago!!

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Kristen April 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Elly,
How do you plan on reheating the frozen Lasagna? I’ve looked around on line and found about 20 different ways it can be done.
Thanks,
Kristen

PS. I’m making it for my sister who is expecting twins any day now!

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elly April 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

Sorry for the delayed response, Kristen! The lasagnas were frozen before being baked, so I just plan on thawing them in the fridge the day I plan on baking them, but you can also just put them right in the oven from the freezer (increasing the time, of course).

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Kerstin April 4, 2010 at 12:17 am

Mmm, looks like something you’d get at a restaurant and of course, I was sold at goat cheese :)

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Kerstin April 4, 2010 at 12:18 am

Oops, wrong post, I had two open at the same time, haha.

Anyway, I can’t believe your due date is already here! I hope you have a very smooth delivery! I’m so impressed with how prepared you are with all those yummy meals :)

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Cynthia Nelson April 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I pray that all goes well with the delivery!

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thehungryartist April 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I didn’t realize you were pregnant! Congratulations! I’m new to your lovely blog. I’m so impressed how organized you are. It will be totally worth it too because cooking will not be a top priority once the baby arrives! I was a day late — there’s a pressure point in the arch of the foot that supposedly helps to bring on labor. I don’t know if it is true, but it seemed to work. My husband massaged my arches and I went into labor a few hours later and my water broke!

Wishing you a nice, quick delivery!

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Juliana April 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Great idea in freezing meals…hope everything goes well :-)

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Dimitra April 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I came to check out what you made for Easter but assume that you are anxiously awaiting the baby or they’ve finally shown up. Hope everything goes/went well!

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Lacey April 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Have you had your wonderful bundle of joy yet? What did you have? The world is excited to find out.

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elly April 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

Hi Lacey – we did, indeed! A little boy. I’m going to try and devote a blog post to him today if he gives me the time :)

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Jessy April 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Very good post. You are so organized. I try to make extra, but it often seems to get eaten anyway! Congratulations, btw on the birth of your handsome new son!

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Steve May 31, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Good job of making the most of your freezer space! With your cooking methods a bigger one might be worth your while.

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