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Post delivery meals! What are you planning?

Katie made a comment on another thread about planning and freezing meals to have available after the baby arrives and it got me thinking. Are you doing this? What do you freeze and have ready? When do you start preping and freezing meals?

I think I'm going have to do this this time. Last time DH was able to take off 6 weeks from work, but since is just about to (hopefully) start a new job he won't have enough time invested to take off much time at all. I'm sure that I can get my mom to help a week and maybe get MIL to come a week, though MIL has been having health issues and needs to take care of FIL (76) so I'm not too sure about her. ANYWAY, I'll have to be prepared to have quick/easy stuff ready and on hand. The only thing I can think to do this with is Lasagna! I'm going to need more than that!

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Lol I was thinking lasagna too! I've read of others cooking a bunch of hamburger meat and freezing it already cooked and then you can thaw and throw some noodles in for spaghetti.

I'm sure that also means I could do that for hamburger patties and stuff as well. I want to look up this one casserole recipe I made when DH got back from deployment. It too was hamburger meat and it had a lot of veggies too.

Another recipe I've been doing lately that my kids love that don't take too long (if anyone is interested) is meatballs...You just get a frozen pack of meatballs and put some in a microwave safe bowl or whatever (I use a small casserole dish) and heat for 3-5 minutes. Then put about 1 cup of barbque sauce on the meatballs and heat for another minute. Serve. I also put the extra sauce from the pan on plates or a small dish and let the kids and DH get more sauce for their meatballs if they want.

Oh and chicken fried steaks that are the frozen kind from the store...since they're pretty fast and easy to do. Ha I'm trying to think of fast meals too since all I can think to freeze is hamburger meat! Not sure how pork fried rice would do frozen (DH and I LOVE that stuff!). Although the part that takes the longest for that is cutting of the meat so maybe I could cut that up and cook it...then just throwing some rice in to cook won't be bad. Maybe sausages too.

Of course we can always do grilled cheese as well. Lol!

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Ah I looked up some ideas lol. Chili is suppose to be good and sloppy joe meat. A lot of people said soups (although my kids won't eat soup.) Taco meat.

But here's the thread I was reading about what people suggested:
http://ask.metafilter.com/22021/Easy-things-to-cook-that-freeze-well-and-reheat-well-for-consumption-throughout-the-work-week

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I started freezing 1/2 our dinners (made bigger portions) a couple of weeks before Odin came and it was such a lifesaver. We had:

Chili
Soups
Fresh Pasta Sauce (boiled noodles later)
Enchiladas
Lasagna
Homemade Muffins, Breads, and waffles
All the Stir Fry and Fajita stuff pre-cut and frozen, just cook and warm up tortillas.
Tons of smoothie stuff on hand as well.

This time I'll try to add some personal chicken pot pies as we have been having those weekly and expand my pasta sauces beyond just tomato based. I wonder if that baked oatmeal would freeze well? Also maybe some egg/veggie/potato breakfast sandwiches or burittos than can be rewarmed after frozen. I've gotta start doubling our dinners in a few weeks here. I should add that we keep a 1/2 chest freezer in our garage so we have loads of room to store all these frozen meals.

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Shepherds pie is a great one, we should get about 2-3 weeks worth of meals from church, so I am not too worried about it. But I will probably have a lasagna and shepherds pie frozen and ready to cook.

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Cooking a bunch of ground beef/turkey and chicken. Season them many ways and mark the packages. Then it is super easy to make some rice or pasta and throw it in. I like to have chicken shredded and cubed, some teryaki, some cajun, some bbq!

I like to make breakfast foods and freeze. Burritos and egg sandwiches do well. Then they only take 30 seconds of defrosting in the microwave and 1 min of cooking.

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I generally have a thing about reheated cooked meat. I think it has a funky taste to it when it's reheated. I can eat some of it if it's reheated, but absolutely never microwaved. I can't tolerate any kind of TV dinners that contain meat, especially chicken.

I'm pretty sure I could do the lasagna because it can be frozen before it's cooked and then you just bake it. I'm thinking I can do some individual chicken pot pies too.

Mostly though, I think I'm going to focus on prep stuff since that takes up most of my cooking time. I'm going to try to freeze some pre seasoned and formed meatballs, maybe pretrimmed chicken breasts with some cut up for fajitas and the like. . .

That's where I am now. DH is a fantastic cook too though, so he'll be able to help out with the cooking after my mom leaves, but if I have some stuff prepped like that it should make things easier for a few weeks to help me get adjusted to being a mom to 2 little kids.

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I will probably make a massive batch of homemade marinara sauce for a wide range of foods. We get the Costco pre-formed meatballs we can throw in. I also like frozen taco meat, chicken fajita meat, and a few other things I can't even think of right now. My brain is running on low.

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I guess I am the only one on this board that has never done this. I usually just cook after I have the baby like I normally would, but I also try to get into a routine with the new baby as soon as he/she comes home.

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"AleyFamily08" wrote:

I guess I am the only one on this board that has never done this. I usually just cook after I have the baby like I normally would, but I also try to get into a routine with the new baby as soon as he/she comes home.

I didn't do anything like this with my DD, so it's a new concept to me. I'm just thinking that having some stuff ready to cut down my prep time will make things a little easier the first week or two while we readjust to having a new baby in the house. I guess a big part of this is that DD was a very high-needs baby and really still is pretty high-needs. She cried almost non-stop for three months so I feel the more prepared I am, the better.

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

I didn't do anything like this with my DD, so it's a new concept to me. I'm just thinking that having some stuff ready to cut down my prep time will make things a little easier the first week or two while we readjust to having a new baby in the house.

Same here. After DD2 was born I just ate at my mom's still on occasion and cooked some, but not a lot. But since the girls are older and eat more now (and so does DH!) I wanna be prepared. Plus if I'm exhausted or anything with the 3 of them then it would help me out. Plus if all else fails I can just get DH to heat it all up while I take care of the kids.

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I wasn't sure people actually did that unless they live alone or DH has to work. We never did meal planning for after baby, but I do always cook up a storm during labor (I don't know why, I am weird I guess it gives me something to do while I wait for baby so there tends to be stuff in the fridge for a few days after LOL) I can see how this would be especially helpful if one ends up having to recover from surgery. For me though, once baby is out I feel like I could run a marathon. I've never even experienced "after birth pains" or anything like that so I usually just resume my normal pre-pregnancy state within a few hours of giving birth and have no problems just cooking whatever. I do however prefer to have fresh groceries so I make sure someone can go to the store for me for fresh veggies and things the first month or so since I don't like taking baby to the market until they at least have a chance to build up some immunity from exposure to family/BF and all that.

Now I feel weird! LOL

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"PsycheGal" wrote:

I wasn't sure people actually did that unless they live alone or DH has to work. We never did meal planning for after baby, but I do always cook up a storm during labor (I don't know why, I am weird I guess it gives me something to do while I wait for baby so there tends to be stuff in the fridge for a few days after LOL) I can see how this would be especially helpful if one ends up having to recover from surgery. For me though, once baby is out I feel like I could run a marathon. I've never even experienced "after birth pains" or anything like that so I usually just resume my normal pre-pregnancy state within a few hours of giving birth and have no problems just cooking whatever. I do however prefer to have fresh groceries so I make sure someone can go to the store for me for fresh veggies and things the first month or so since I don't like taking baby to the market until they at least have a chance to build up some immunity from exposure to family/BF and all that.

Now I feel weird! LOL

Nope your not weird because if you were I would be too! Smile

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I personally never did this but my mom and MIL made a bunch of meals and threw them in the freezer for us when DS was born. We had about a weeks worth and it really was a life saver. I actually just finished making a few for a friend who just had a baby. I'm sure she'll return the favor but I'll probably make a few this time around since I know how much it helped with DS.

We had:

Tator Tot Casserole
Macaroni Casserole
Lasagna
Enchiladas
Chili
Spaghetti Bake

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I have a question. How many meals are you ladies planning on making and freezing? Like to last how long?

Since this is my first time doing this I have about 4 or 5 casseroles I would make and freeze. Then I have lasagna I will have and some hamburger meat for spaghetti and chili stuff and sloppy joe mix and taco stuff. I'll also have quick meals (meat balls, chicken fried steaks, sausage, hamburger patties) ready to be cooked.

All of this food could probably last a month? I dunno.

Anyway, how many meals do you plan on premaking?

Also, when making the casseroles, will you cook them and then freeze them or mix it all together and then freeze?

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"KET_2010" wrote:

I have a question. How many meals are you ladies planning on making and freezing? Like to last how long??

I'm honestly not sure how many meals I'll make because I know my friends will probably bring some over some meals and I can see my mom and MIL making some. I'm thinking I'd like to have a good month's worth of food HOWEVER, I'm guessing frozen meals will get old quickly (it'll also depend on how much room is in my freezer)

I did see these on Pinterest and might try a couple of the things there.

http://mamaandbabylove.blogspot.com/2011/04/freezer-cooking-with-slow-cooker.html

http://www.myrecipes.com/freezer-recipes/

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Also, when making the casseroles, will you cook them and then freeze them or mix it all together and then freeze?

I think it depends on the casserole. For example when I make lasagna I bake first and then freeze only because I use the oven ready noodles...if I would use the boil first noodles I would just layer it and stick it in the freezer Smile However, my Mac and Cheese Casserole is one that I just mix together and freeze because it doesn't really need to be cooked.

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So I have begun making casseroles to try for when baby arrives. Last night I made a tater tot casserole but changed the recipe just a little. DH loved it and DD1 liked it too. DD2 on the other hand refused to try any.

Tonight I made a chicken noodle casserole which was real good but I again added stuff (veggies) and same thing...DH loved it, DD1 really liked it, and DD2 refused to try any. GAH!

I have like 3-4 more meals I'm going to test out and I'm real excited to try the pizza casserole recipe I found.

Here are the recipes though in case anyone is interested:
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (10.75 ounce) can Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cups frozen Tater Tots

I chopped up some broccoli and added it and then I put tater tots all over the top and covered it in cheese.

Cook beef and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until beef is well browned, stirring to break up meat. Pour off fat.
Stir soup, ketchup and Worcestershire into skillet. Spoon beef mixture into 12x8-inch shallow baking dish. Arrange potatoes around edge of casserole.
Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes or until potatoes are done.

The chicken noodle casserole:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
6 ounces egg noodles
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 cup crumbled buttery round crackers
1/2 cup butter

I also added celery and carrots and cooked them with the chicken, which I also cut up first (the recipe says boil them then cut them up). I also did 12 oz of noodles (by accident!) but it made a nice amount. To the soups, when mixing them together I added garlic salt and onion salt as well for flavor.

Poach chicken in a large pot of simmering water. Cook until no longer pink in center, about 12 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside. Bring chicken cooking water to a boil and cook pasta in it. Drain. Cut chicken into small pieces, and mix with noodles.
In a separate bowl, mix together mushroom soup, chicken soup, and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Gently stir together cream soup mixture with the chicken mixture. Place in a 2 quart baking dish.
Melt butter in a small saucepan, and remove from heat. Stir in crumbled crackers. Top casserole with the buttery crackers.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 30 minutes, until heated through and browned on top.

I baked it for 40 minutes.

IMO I think I should've added some spices to the chicken when I cooked it and maybe some to the noodles as well before everything was mixed together. Either that or I would suggest putting salt and pepper on top when served. Just my tastes though.

I'll let you know how my other recipes turn out. We're having leftovers tomorrow and maybe the next night and then I might do another casserole.

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Sorry my thing posted twice!

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I didn't do this the first time as we lived in the same town as lots of family and it was just DH and I. I did it with my 2nd as family all lived hours away so we were going to be solo mostly. Also I run a preschool out of my home so there isn't really any time off work when a baby arrives other than a 5 day break. So the last time I had stocked up 2 months worth of meals which actually lasted more like 3 months since we didn't use it every night or even the first 3 weeks like we had planned. Everything was pre-cooked and just needed to be heated with the exception of cut-up veggie stuff for fajitas and stir fry.

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This thread is making me hungry!