Freezer Meals

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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.

Freezer Meals

22 thoughts on “Freezer Meals

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!).

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

    1. 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).

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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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