Hello, 33 weeks! If you don’t already know baby #5 is well on his or her way, the due date is approaching quickly! 4th trimester with baby #4 was blissful, but I wish I had planned out easy freezer meals! My family can cook and does a great job, but cooking falls under my category of teamwork in our house and it’s one way I can serve my family well. I searched and searched for exactly what I wanted online to help me organize and prepare these freezer meals, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So here I am sharing with you the best freezer meals for postpartum and all the goods for free!
Preparing these healthy meals now is going to make welcoming a new family member easier and takes some of the stress away while we’re going through those sleepless nights. And I’ve never met a postpartum mom that doesn’t want a delicious meal while she’s nursing a new baby. Postpartum food is my favorite!
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WHY MAKE POSTPARTUM FREEZER MEALS
- There’s usually a lot going on during those first few weeks with a newborn. Even though this is baby #5, our routine changes, I get less sleep, and well, there are a lot of people to care for in this house. Taking the time to prepare a few things, especially food, makes the 4th trimester feel more relaxed.
- New moms and new parents need delicious meals that will help nourish their bodies during this transition time with a new baby.
- Having an easy meal or more prepped ahead of time keeps us from ordering take-out every night from exhaustion.
SUPPLIES FOR POSTPARTUM FREEZER MEALS
These are some supplies I used for my postpartum freezer meals. You don’t necessarily need all of them. You can pick and choose which ones you prefer.
- Freezer Bags (Gallon and Quart) – I found these to be the easiest way to freeze all the meals. I have seen other people recommend using glass mason jars or glass casserole containers. I just don’t own enough to use in the freezer and they seem to take up more space in the freezer.
- Disposable Baking Pans (Pie and Casserole) – Again you could use glass casserole containers if you have enough to spare. But this just makes it easier and right now if you’re pregnant too, you know we need easy!
- Parchment Paper – If you don’t want to wrap your food in plastic you can wrap it in parchment paper and use washi tape to seal it. I wrapped everything in Press n Seal, but I did still use parchment paper to bake some of my meals.
- Aluminum Foil – This is another option to wrap food like breakfast burritos or breakfast sandwiches. And also for covering meals like a chicken pot pie.
- Press n Seal – This isn’t something I typically use, but I thought it was a good option for wrapping up the breakfast burritos and egg muffins.
- Permanent Marker (Black) – Believe it or not, all of my black permanent markers are missing, if I had to guess there was a child using them. So I found a green one that is sufficient enough. I just had to keep all my writing on the white box given on the freezer bags.
- Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker – Listen, I got this bad boy for our anniversary one year, literally the best gift ever. But I was so intimidated by the thing, I probably didn’t use it for a year. Now, it’s my best friend in the kitchen. Did you know I can cook a whole frozen chicken in 80 minutes? And I’ve cooked a frozen roast in the thing too! I’m not saying it’s a need, but it’s a need.
- Crock Pot or Slow Cooker – We received a slow cooker for our wedding and it’s still going strong almost 13 years later. I think it’s worth having one. But if you only wanted to invest in one thing, an Instant Pot can function as a slow cooker too.
- Muffin Tin – I traded out my non-stick muffin tin a few years ago and purchased 2 silicone muffin pans. I love how easy it is to remove muffins from the silicone!
THE BEST FREEZER MEALS FOR POSTPARTUM
It’s really up to you what meals you want to freeze. But here’s a list of some of the best freezer meals for postpartum. These are meals that freeze well and are homemade and ready to nourish that postpartum body and new baby.
- Taco Meat
- Meat Sauce
- Smoothie Packs
- Breakfast Burritos
- Slow Cooker Dump Meals
When I went to start planning out my freezer meals I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to make this quick guide that you can print and you’re ready to start making your own freezer meals.
3 WEEKS OF FAVORITE FREEZER MEALS
Don’t feel like you need to fix all of these. Pick and choose which ones you want or use your own favorite recipe for pancakes etc. This is really to just help organize everything and make it simple so you’re not spending much time planning.
Here’s the full list of the meals. The guide includes an organized printable freezer meal list along with a master grocery list. All recipes are linked for you too. I tried to include meals the whole family will enjoy and I was sure to include a family favorite or 2 of our own!
- Breakfast Tortillas
- Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Breakfast Sandwiches
- Oatmeal Casserole
- Egg Muffins
- Breakfast Casserole
- Blueberry Muffins
- Sourdough Waffles
- Sourdough Banana Bread
- White Chicken Chili
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Baked Ziti
- Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Homemade Beef Chili
- Chicken Wild Rice Soup
- Taco Soup
- Broccoli Tuna Casserole
- Beef Stew
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Mongolian Beef
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
HOW TO DOWNLOAD
If you’re looking for that easy button, just drop your e-mail in the box below and the guide with all details will be sent to your inbox. Once you’ve downloaded it, just print it, and you’re planning is done!
HOW TO USE POSTPARTUM MEAL PLANS
After you’ve downloaded and printed out your freezer meal planning guide, go through and select which meals you want to make. Mark off any ingredients or supplies you don’t need from the store.
Next, head to get your supplies and ingredients by either going to your favorite grocery store or if you’re like me I’m an “add to cart” kinda girl using Instacart for Aldi.
HOW TO PREPARE POSTPARTUM FREEZER MEALS
I hope this guide takes out most of the prep work for you. But here are a few simple steps to get you going.
- Download and print my free guide, just drop your e-mail in the box below to have it sent to your inbox.
- Decide if you’re going to make all the meals or if you only want to select a few.
- Plan out your portions. If your family is larger than mine you might need to double some meals, if you’re family is smaller, you might want to consider packing and freezing smaller portions of the meals.
- Plan out your freezer space to make sure you have enough room for what you’re planning to make.
- Mark off any supplies or ingredients you don’t need.
- Gather all of the supplies and ingredients you need.
- Pick a day to spend some time making these meals. If you want to make several, plan out more than one day to get them all made. Another option is to just make double while you’re cooking breakfast or supper a few days a week. One meal to eat, one meal to freeze.
- Start making those freezer meals!
BEST TIPS FOR POSTPARTUM FREEZER MEALS
- Use a permanent marker – Using any other type of marker is sure to get whipped off. Using a dark color will also be more easily readable.
- Label your food – Be sure to include what it is, the date you packaged it, and a few simple steps on each container or freezer bag, so it can be prepared by someone else.
- Schedule – Add it to your calendar and plan out when you’re going to get the grocery list items. Plan a day or two you plan on cooking and preparing these meals.
- Clean Out – Make sure you have enough freezer space for how many meals you want to prepare.
Double Batch – If you’re overwhelmed with meal prepping, just start double batching your suppers in the evening. Make a big batch and eat one for supper and freeze the remainder. This is one of the easiest ways to do make-ahead freezer meals.
Meal Train – This is such a great idea, but didn’t exist when I had my first. I will say that I do have a pretty amazing family and close friends that provide meals for us too and it’s always a blessing. But I think this meal train thing is excellent for first time parents!
ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO STOCK UP
As much as I try to focus on whole food, and homecooked meals, there are prepackaged items I’m going to stock up on. They’re mostly snack options to have around for the kids (and me while I’m breastfeeding) to grab and go, but they still have decent ingredients. It’s just a great way to be prepared.
Here’s the list (this is included in the guide too for you to print):
- Chomps Beef Sticks
- MadeGood Granola Bars
- Safe Catch Wild Tuna
- Paleo Snack Mix
- Applesauce Pouches
- Lesser Evil Popcorn
- Dried Fruit
- Fruit Circles
- That’s it Bars
- Sweet Potato Chips
Most of these you can purchase from Thrive Market. If you haven’t tried Thrive Market yet, you can get 40% off your first order to try it out! If you want to see more of what I purchase from Thrive and see how I organize a snack basket in our pantry for the kids, visit my Instagram and check out my stories!
I hope this was helpful and that you can do some prepping for a blissful postpartum period with yummy comfort food!
In the guide I included free birth affirmations for you to print and use at your birth. They’re some of my favorite affirmations to read as I prepare for my own births and during birth. Simply print out, cut, and hang individually or make a banner of affirmations!
For some added encouragement read my personal Positive VBAC Birth Story!
Prayers and best wishes as you prepare to welcome new life into this world!