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My Postpartum Freezer Cooking Plan (+36 Fabulous Recipes)

on May 18, 2015 by Jami Balmet 11 comments

I think that freezer cooking can be a powerful tool in every homemaker’s kitchen – no matter what stage of life you are in (working outside the home, stay at home mom, work at home mom, etc). But it can be especially helpful when you are preparing for having a new baby!

Not only can freezer cooking save you valuable time and save you money, it can also help you to eat healthier, from-scratch meals even during busy times like the week you come home from the hospital and don’t want to do anything but snuggle your new bundle of joy.

I’m due with our Twin boys this summer (and we already have 2 year old twin boys) so I know I am going to need all the help I can get. Already at 31 weeks, I’m measuring full term for a single baby (and the babies have a combined weight of over 8lbs at this point). I am starting to have a really hard time moving around, grocery shopping, and cooking. Freezer cooking has been saving me already and I know I will be so glad come this summer that I have these meals all stocked up.

Postpartum freezer cooking plan

I don’t want to have to do any cooking for the first several weeks of my twin’s lives (or preferably for a few weeks leading up to their birth since I will be as big as a house). I am blessed to be apart of a wonderful Church body and I know I will get meals from friends and family, but it won’t be enough. I know we will default to eating out or frozen pizzas (I’m just being honest here)!

So here’s what I’m doing to make my summer easier! I’ve done about half of this cooking so far, and plan to work on the rest this week. I’ll update this post with pictures as I finish.

Freezer Cooking Tools

Here are a few things that will make your life easier when freezer cooking:

Freezer Cooking Breakfasts

I really hate cooking breakfast. My energetic little boys are hungry the moment they wake up, my pregnant self is starving, I need my tea right away, and it’s just exhausting. I don’t know why, but breakfast is my least favorite meal to make. So I want to make sure to have plenty of breakfast options in the freezer (plus breakfasts make good snacks or meals for later in the day too)!

11 Breakfast Freezer Cooking Recipes

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread – Money Saving Mom

This is my favorite banana nut bread! By using white whole wheat flour, these puppies are whole wheat but still taste amazing! Like Crystal, I use Sucanant as my sugar of choice. I also add diced up walnuts to the batter and sprinkled on top.

So far I’ve made 8 loaves (4 recipes worth) to put in the freezer. But since we’ve had it in there, it’s also been a go to snack and we’ve eaten through 2 loaves! I might need to make some more. Before freezing, I cut my loaves into slices and then wrap in tin foil or parchment paper and put two loaves in a gallon zip lock baggie. Then I can just take out individual pieces to warm up rather than defrost the whole loaf if I don’t need to.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Waffles – Money Saving Mom

These waffles rock! And once again I use white whole wheat flour and a little bit of sucanant as the sweetener. I also add in frozen blueberries to my batter before cooking but you could also experiment with other berries or even chocolate chips.

I currently have about 8 bags of these in my freezer as they are just so easy to make and then reheat and eat! to prevent them from sticking together in the freezer and making one giant waffle, I slip a piece of parchment paper in between each waffle before placing about 6 – 8 in side a gallon size freezer bag.

Freezer Cooking Breakfast Ideas

Easy Egg Sausage Breakfast Burritos – Raining Hot Coupons

Along with easy breakfasts that I wanted for myself and my kids during the week, I also wanted to stock up on filling breakfasts for my husband to grab and go. Usually I make him eggs or something similar to take to work with him in the morning. But preparing for our babies, I wanted to make it was easy as possible so I didn’t even have to think about breakfast.

So I’ve made one batch of these egg sausage burritos so far (and hubby greatly approves)! I want to fill a few more bags of these to get through those first few weeks and months of the new babies. To easily freeze, I individually wrapped each burrito in plastic wrap and then put inside a gallon freezer bag. I got about 12 burritos from this one recipe but I was overly generous with the sizes in the recipe.

Egg sausage burritos

Other Awesome Breakfast Recipes to Try:

Freezer Cooking Lunch & Dinner

Here are some other random meals that I know we will enjoy having in the freezer. I haven’t gotten to making these yet, but the recipes are printed out, the food is in my fridge, and I’m hoping to get to these this week!

Southwest Roll-Ups – Money Saving Mom

I plan to make a ton of these burritos – which is easy once you’ve got an assembly line going on  – to fill my freezer for quick snacks, dinners, or lunches for any of us.

Easy freezer cooking meal that works well for snacks, lunches, or dinners for the whole family!

Lasagna Casserole – Money Saving Mom

These look so yummy. And once you already have all the ingredients out, you might as well make a few. I plan on making 4 of these. I purchased disposable tins for these to make it even easier.

Lasagna casserole

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie –  Meal Planning Magic

For these homemade chicken pot pie’s, I purchased pre-made whole wheat pie crusts in disposable tins just to make it that much easier! I plan on making two recipes of this which makes 4 pies. I’ve never made this particular chicken pot pie before, so if we love it, I may end up making a few more for the freezer!

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Other Awesome Lunch/Dinner Recipes to Try:

36+ Freezer Cooking Meals for the Whole Family

20 Crock Pot Freezer Meals for under $150

Because it’s getting a lot harder for me to move around and spend long hours in the kitchen (the twins weight over 4lbs each at this point and are not slowing down) my sister offered to do a big freezer cooking day with me and I said YES!!

We decided to attempt this complete freezer cooking plan from $5 Dinners with 20 crock pot freezer meals for under $150 from Costco. (They also have a ton of other awesome meal plans to check out). I printed out the meal plan complete with the meals, shopping list, prep work, and full directions for getting all these meals done as once.

So my sister took an afternoon to go to Costco and the grocery store with me and get everything I needed to make these 20 meals for under $150. Then the next morning she came over bright and early, we made some coffee and starting cooking and putting these 20 meals together. It took about 4 hours total – and because we cleaned a bit as we went, there wasn’t a ton of clean up left at the end either!

20 Slow cooker freezer meals for under $150

These meals are all so easy too – defrost and then dump into your crock pot for 8 hours. I can’t wait to try the first one. We ended up with 20 separate meals in gallon size freezer bags but I think with sides such as bread, veggies, or pasta for different meals, each one should last about 2 meals. So really, we ended up with more like 40 meals! It was awesome 🙂

More Freezer Cooking Resources

If the idea of freezer cooking intrigues you, but you are new to it or have questions, then check out my series I did on Freezer cooking: The what, the why, the how!

Freezer-Cooking-Series

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  1. I really like this idea but have never tried it because I have a small freezer and a big family. What is the average number servings for the recipes you have on here? How much space do they take up?

    • That really depends on each recipe! Go ahead and click through to each recipe and it will give you the portions sizes. For the first several years of our marriage all I had was a tiny freezer and fridge. So I stuck to making the meals (like soup or crockpot recipes) that I could freeze in gallon size freezer bags. I would lie them flat in the bottom of the freezer and stack them up – then I could fit 8-10 meals in a small amount of space! If I froze them right, I could get 20-30 meals in there!

      Once we purchased our first house though, and had a little more room, we got a small chest freezer that lives in our laundry room! BEST investment EVER! 😀

      • We really would like to get a chest freezer, but our house is not designed in a way to hold it. That is good information for storing more. Hopefully I can try it soon. Thank you!

  2. I love having breakfasts frozen so they can be ready after simply reheating them!
    I used to make breakfast for my husband each morning when we first got married. Once our little one came along, that became impossible! Thanks for sharing the breakfast recipes!

  3. Looove this!! Thank you so much for putting such a great list together! Our little boy is coming this fall, so I’m wanting to begin asap 🙂

  4. Love this post! We also have twins, 3 1/2 year old girls, and an 18 month old girl. We are expecting number 4 in September. (Another girl!) I love stocking the freezer during pregnancy, it makes life soooo much easier after birth. Quick question, where are the recipes for the crock pot freezer meals you did here? Am I just over looking them?

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