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What are good meal options to cook and freeze?

After baby comes I want to have a freezer full of ready-to-eat meals so I won’t have to worry about cooking dinner each night. What are good meals to cook and freeze?

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After baby comes I want to have a freezer full of ready-to-eat meals so I won’t have to worry about cooking dinner each night. What are good meals to cook and freeze?

The Bump Expert

Squirreling away some precooked meals in your freezer before baby arrives will cut down on some of the stress (and take-out!) during your first weeks as a parent. After a sleep-deprived night and exhausting day of tending to baby’s every need, you’ll feel like you hit gold when you open the freezer and see it stocked with delicious, homemade, heat-and-eat meals. Soups, stews, casseroles, lasagna, and pasta sauces are best for freezing. Meals can be stored in the freezer for up to three months before they spoil or before flavors are affected.

Food-Freezing Tips:
• The nemesis of frozen food is oxygen. If you’re freezing something in a bag, get rid of excess air before sealing it. If you’re using a plastic container, make sure it has a tight-fitting lid and use the smallest size that will fit what you’re freezing

• Use freezer zip-top bags. You may end up with freezer burn if you use sandwich-style bags – they are too thin.

• Freeze in single or double portions and use freezer zip-top bags. It saves room in your freezer, makes for quick thawing (just submerge item in hot water), and lets you defrost only what you need.

• If you aren’t sure how best to freeze a certain item (or long it will keep), check the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.

Freezer-Friendly Recipes:

12 Make-Ahead Freezer Meals for Moms-to-be

Here are some more of our favorite healthy and hearty, freezer-ready meals from The Nest:

Turkey Chili

Healthiest-Ever Lasagna

Baked Pasta with Roasted Wild Mushrooms in a Creamy Thyme Sauce

Zesty Beef Casserole

Squash Stew

Find more recipes from The Nest.

*Updated 10/27/2011

Kelly Alfieri

What are good meal options to cook and freeze?

Chicken pot pie is another good one that keeps well in the freezer.

EmSprad |

What are good meal options to cook and freeze?

Enchiladas, quiche, soups and stews... my mother-in-law recommended pre-browning hamburger and freezing. Also, costco is great for freezer foods. Been stocking our freezer so we don't have to go out every week for lots of groceries.

LislST |

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I've got a large lasagne, shepherd's pie, spaghetti and chicken pot pie socked away. I've been doubling recipes I thought would freeze well. In some cases, the leftovers will last for at least lunch the next day, so that's an added bonus!

Kcohilas |

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