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February 19th, 2013, 07:14 AM
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I did this before Elizabeth and it was a godsend! I probably froze about 30 meals and between that and people bringing us food, I didn't have to cook for 2 months!

With E I did them at like 40 weeks, but I'm not putting it off that long this time, since this pregnancy is so much harder. Trying to do them at the end of the second tri I think. I'm making my list now.

Anyone have any favorite freezable meals?
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February 19th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Ahhh, I didn't even think about this! Such a great idea! Since I am the only cook in the house, this is something I would definitely do! Can't wait to see all of the ideas/meals!
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February 19th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Pasta, pasta, pasta!!

I just started trying out freezer meals last fall & I love it!

Our favs are any sort of pasta (chicken, beef, tomato, alfredo)...it's all cooked, just reheat. Also, pulled pork for sandwiches, beef au jus, chili. I've done up other ones with veggies too, but I don't really care for frozen veggies. But I like doing up the meat for stirfrys...and DH does like the sausages & peppers I've done up for him.

I'm planning on doing them before our LO is born too.
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February 19th, 2013, 07:29 AM
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I may or may not have done a smaller version of this for the first trimester.

Some of the most common things I freeze are chili, most types of soup or stew, lasagna, meatballs and some other noodle casserole type dishes. I also like to freeze things like stuffed pepper filling, but that's not entirely freezer based since it still requires me to hollow out and roast the peppers.

Looking forward to more ideas!
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February 19th, 2013, 07:36 AM
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I did and I also froze single portion sizes for myself to eat on maternity leave and to put in my kid's school lunch.
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February 19th, 2013, 07:40 AM
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Thats great ladies. pasta dishes sound great for freezing.

I don't...I've never mastered the art..plus we mostly cook Indian food at home, and frozen reheated is just not the same as freshly cooked at least for the kind of foods I cook. But my big blessing is that my mom will be here with me by the time the baby arrives and she will be doing all the cooking
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February 19th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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That's part of my plan too Anitha...chef boy-r-mom! lol
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February 19th, 2013, 07:59 AM
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This is my list so far.

Things that are cooked and just have to be thawed and reheated:
(2) Pulled Pork
(3) Chicken tortilla soup
(1) Taco meat
(2) Chicken Chili
(2) Pork and sweet potato stew
(2) Cheater chicken curry

Things that just have to be popped in the oven:
(4) Teriyaki chicken
(2) Pot pies
(3) Lasagnas
(3) Chicken Enchiladas

Things made on the stove or grill:
(2) Meatballs
(2) Steaks
(1) Hamburgers

Pre-prepped crock pot meals:
(3) Chicken tortilla soup
(1) Honey and Spice Glaze pork chops
(2) cream cheese chicken
(1) Crock pot chicken tikka

I will make sure I have all rice, biscuits, refried beans, etc ahead of time for all the meals, and then all I have to worry about is green veggies when the time comes!
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February 19th, 2013, 09:58 AM
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I love this idea soooo much!! I've never done it before, but this time I might give it a whirl!
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February 19th, 2013, 10:12 AM
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I plan too. I didn't with DD cuz I was on bedrest but my mom stayed for a week to help. This time we have a chest freezer that I will be filling!
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February 19th, 2013, 07:26 PM
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When I make meatloaf, I make 2 or three eat one and freeze the others. Same with chili, taco stew and alot of other meals. I find when I do lasagna or enchiladas they get mushy if I thaw, so I put directly in the oven and then turn it on. There's lots of great websites for crock pot freezer meals. A really good one is cranberry dijon pork. It's 3-4 pound pork loin, a can of cranberry sauce with berries, onion soup mix and 2 tbsp dijon mustard.
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February 19th, 2013, 09:14 PM
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I haven't done this in the past but I may try to this time, since we won't have any family around. I am sure they will come visit but I doubt they will want to be cooking when they could be spending time with the kiddos.
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February 19th, 2013, 10:24 PM
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Both times in th past my mom has made me a freezer full of meals. So nice!
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February 19th, 2013, 10:51 PM
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I do this a lot. Last summer when I was in the first trimester. Somethings you just buy frozen like the lasagna and chicken nuggets.

When I had Beau I was on bed rest and my dh started school right before I was due so I planned he prepped 60 days of food. I documented everything.

http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f1...-cook-off.html
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February 20th, 2013, 06:43 AM
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For some reason, every time I have tried to freeze foods, the texture changes just slightly. For 3 out of 4 of us, this is not an issue. My daughter has sensory issues and can notice even the most minute changes in texture and can't eat it Plus, we just moved and now have the worst freezer ever. It's small and laid out terribly lol.

I think what I'm going to do for this one is get two more small crock pots and just cook in the crock pot for the first few weeks. Even my 7yo can throw stuff in and set it
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February 25th, 2013, 10:21 PM
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I'd like to but I am limited to only things that are dairy free, makes it not as fun. I keep hoping my subsequent babies won't be dairy intolerant but I should probably give in to the fact that it's prob not going to happen!
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February 26th, 2013, 07:07 AM
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There are only 5 things in my whole list that *aren't* dairy free. It can be done! I made a bunch for my best friend when she had her second. She has dairy intolerant babies too.
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February 26th, 2013, 09:16 AM
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I do this a lot. Last summer when I was in the first trimester. Somethings you just buy frozen like the lasagna and chicken nuggets.

When I had Beau I was on bed rest and my dh started school right before I was due so I planned he prepped 60 days of food. I documented everything.

http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f1...-cook-off.html
I just saw your link. That is incredible! All that planning and executing! Wow!
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February 27th, 2013, 09:23 AM
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Thank you. A few years back we did cook it once for the month. I did a one week menu and we ate the same thing each Monday thru Sunday. It got too repetitious for my dh but some things like chicken nuggets proved to be hugely versatile.

Chicken nuggets/ patties

With rice and sweet and sour sauce and stir fry veggies
Country gravy and mashed potatoes or rice
Spaghetti, tomato sauce mozzarella cheese
in salad
on a bun with tomato and lettus
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February 27th, 2013, 11:55 AM
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I'm hoping to do this. We have a big deep freezer downstairs. It all depends on our house situation when I'm in the last trimester... (We're debating moving or doing a total remodel on our current home)
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