Postpartum freezer meals

written by theDrews 27 August 2017

To prepare for baby Drew making an appearance (and because I know that I am lazy) I decided to make a postpartum freezer meal stash.

I scoured the internet and YouTube to try and find the best recipes that will be nice during the autumnal days after baby is born and also that are simple, cheap and straight forward, as I am no professional chef.

Here are the recipes that me and Conor decided would work best for us. I separated them into slow cooker meals and oven meals.


Slow cooker meals

Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Brown beef on stovetop and mix in remaining ingredients.
  2. Place in freezer bag to freeze.
  3. To cook, thaw and place in slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours.

Serve with rice.

 

Creamy Nandos chicken

Ingredients: 

Instructions: 

  1. Split mixture into two freezer bags
  2. cook on low for 4-6 hours

Serve with chips, homemade macho peas, spicy rice or whatever floats your boat.

 

Paella

Ingredients: 

Instructions: 

Keep in one freezer bag and dish out portions as needed.

Fry for 15 minutes or cook in slow cooker for 2 hours.

 

Spaghetti and meatballs

Ingredients: 

  • 10x Meatballs
  • 500g Passata
  • 1 cup Onions
  • 1 cup Peppers
  • Herbs
  • Cheese

Instructions: 

Put all ingredients in a bag

Cook on slow cooker for 4-5 hours.

Serve with spaghetti and garlic bread

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients: 

  • 500g mince
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced peppers
  • 2 cups dice onions
  • Garlic
  • Herbs

Instructions: 

Put all ingredients in a bag

Cook on slow cooker for 4-5 hours.

Serve with spaghetti and garlic bread

 


Oven meals

Cottage pie

Ingredients: 

Instructions: 

Make the cottage pie as usual, don’t oven cook

Put in separate containers, sprinkle on cheese.

Cook for 45 minutes in the oven

 

Lasagne

Ingredients: 

Instructions: 

Make lasagne as usual, don’t oven cook

Put in separate containers, sprinkle on cheese.

Cook for 1 hour in the oven


We brought most of the ingredients from Tesco as we like the delivery service and collecting those club card points! The Paella is from Lidls (as it’s so authentic from there) and the aluminium containers and freezer bags we brought off Amazon. 

 

In total, I made:

4x Lasagnes (1 portion)

4x Cottage pie (1 portion)

2x Chilli con Carne (2 portions)

4x Meatballs (2 portions)

2x Creamy Nandos chicken (2 portions)

2x Bolognese (2 portions)

Total of: 14 Dinners (28 portions)

So, in theory, that should last us the first two weeks postpartum for dinner times. Obviously, shopping will still need to do done for breakfast and lunch items, but I’m so glad that at the end of a long day we will be able to just put one of these in the oven or slow cooker and eat a healthy tasty meal rather than cave and get take away.

Let’s hope this works and we have more time for us and baby rather than standing cooking in the kitchen every evening or having to rely on family to bring meals round (which we won’t decline anyway as ours can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months, yay!)

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3 comments

Foster Owolabi 19 December 2017 - 8:29 am

Very good, thanks.

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Lakenya Jevnikar 19 December 2017 - 3:35 pm

Thank you!

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