This week is all about doubling recipes and stocking the freezer for when baby arrives! I want to make sure I have some easy dinner options for the first few weeks, along with some easy snack food to grab when we are starving. Even though this plan is inspired by a baby’s arrival, this is something that you can do anytime to keep a few quick meals ready in the freezer.
As I’ve been figuring out this freezer meal planning situation over the last few weeks, I’ve realized that this is brilliant and I shouldn’t have waited until an impending baby to start doing it! I’m going to start doubling recipes anytime they are freezer-friendly and save them for a day I just don’t want to cook.
Monday – Sloppy Joe’s, Homemade Potato Skins, and Fresh Watermelon
Tuesday – Homemade Pizza (I’m planning on this recipe)
Wednesday – Hawaiian Ham Melts, Salad, and Kettle Chips
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Dinner Out
Sunday – Chicken Pad Thai
For the Freezer – I will be freezing half of the Sloppy Joe meat for another meal. I will also triple the pizza crust recipe and separate it into 2 sections for a couple easy meals. Normally I make my own pizza sauce, but I bought a couple jars on sale last week to have on hand. When making the Hawaiian Ham Melts, I bought enough ingredients to double the recipe and plan on separating half into 3-4 sandwich sections. These will most likely be used as lunches for one of us during the week. I’ve got enough chicken to double the Chicken Pad Thai recipe, but I will only prep the chicken and sauce for this one. I’m not sure how rice noodles will freeze and they aren’t hard to cook, so I’ll just keep some on hand to add the rest of the recipe to. The best part of the Pad Thai? It will be full of marinated flavor by the time it defrosts!
Extra Plans – I pre-made a bunch of freezer baggies with smoothie ingredients to pop in the blender for a great healthy snack when we need a pick me up. Breakfast is usually pretty hectic (or non-existent!), so I also made rolled oats with fruit and froze them in muffin tins to heat up for a quick hot breakfast when we need it.
Like I said earlier, I think these plans are going to come in handy with the new baby, but I’m planning on making freezer meals a staple in our house. I think it will help cut down on the crazy in life!
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