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Here are my favorite freezer meals for new moms:
Breakfast Freezer Meals for New Moms
Muffins and loaves are a great option to keep on hand for a comforting, home-y snack. Smooth a bit of your favorite nut butter on them to help keep your blood sugars balanced, or pair with a good quality protein like some hard-boiled or scrambled eggs or yogurt.
- Classic Banana Bread – This banana bread recipe calls for an extra banana than most, which makes the loaf oh-so-banana-y, and super moist. I’ve made this recipe dozens of times and they turn out perfectly every time. I love adding some hemp hearts for an extra protein, fiber and healthy fats, as well as a handful of dark chocolate chips for good measure.
- Blueberry Bran Muffins – There’s something so comforting about a bran muffin to me. These ones, again, super moist and perfectly balanced.
- Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins – Oh boy. My mouth is watering just thinking about these little muffins. Made with ricotta cheese, which adds some well-needed postpartum protein, these super tasty and simple muffins are one of my go-to muffin recipes.
- Sneaky Mommy Muffins – Okay, these muffins, like the power cookies recipe that is to follow – call for a longer list of ingredients. But they’re packed with grated fruits and vegetables, which are super nutritious, and so well balanced with the nuts, I couldn’t not include them.
- Cosmic Power Cookies – Cosmic Power Cookies are a super classic – and one of the most popular – recipes from a cute little organic grocery store that we used to have here in Edmonton. These cookies look less than stellar – I will definitely be the first to admit that. But they’re good. You’ve gotta trust me on this one. They’re also loaded with seeds and yummy, healthy goodness and they really keep you full. Oh, and they freeze beautifully. Don’t sleep on these awesome breakfast cookies.
- Baked Oatmeal Cups – These delicious little oatmeal treats help you get some great nutrition in thanks to the heart healthy oats, fruit and nuts, and there are 6 delicious flavours to choose from.
- Freezer Pancakes – Did you know you can freeze pancakes? This awesome little tutorial shows you how to freeze nice, fresh pancakes so they come out just as delicious as the first time around. Simply pop the frozen pancakes into the toaster, and top with peanut butter and banana or peanut butter and jam for a nice balanced bite. If you’re more health-conscious, you could instead make your pancakes out of Kodiak Cakes mix that’s available from Costco, which has added protein and fiber.
- Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole – This easy freezer meal recipe combines hashbrowns (I like to use shredded), eggs, milk, sausage, cheddar cheese, onions and red pepper for a delicious, hearty breakfast. For a lightened-up version, you could easily use back bacon instead of the sausage and half the cheese.
- Freezer French Toast – I love this super simple, 4-ingredient freezable french toast recipe (the recipe was created for kids and recommends cutting the french toast into strips, but I just skip that step and keep it whole). Simply store frozen french toast slices in a large zip-top bag then quickly pan-fry them on low to heat or pop them in the toaster oven. Spread with peanut butter and jam, cream cheese and jam, or try mixing equal parts almond butter with maple syrup for a super delicious spread that still tastes sweet, but won’t spike your blood sugar as much as pure maple syrup.
- Peach Cobbler French Toast Bake – This delici0us, fruity breakfast bake is perfect with a side of Greek yogurt for protein
- Leek, Potato & Gruyere Frittata – Did you know that a frittata is just a quiche without the pie crust? I really love making frittata because they are so good reheated, there are endless flavor combinations you can try and they pack a great protein punch. This one’s one of my favorites and is kind of like a lower-carb riff on sour cream and onion potato chips. If you haven’t tried leek before, this is a great way to give it a go!
- Crustless Broccoli Quiche – Doesn’t it just feel to good to eat your greens? I love broccoli cheddar quiche. When I was pregnant, I was sooo sick and so tired and had what felt like 1,000 different food aversions so I bought the premade, frozen broccoli quiche from Costco. It was the biggest letdown ever. From scratch always tastes better.
- Bacon Gruyere Egg Bites – These Starbucks copycat egg bites are low carb, high protein, and super tasty.
- Cheesy Spinach Breakfast Taquitos – Scrambled eggs, spinach, and Monterey Jack cheese are wrapped up in small corn tortillas and rolled to perfection in these tasty, little poppable breakfast treats.
Lunch Freezer Meals for New Moms
I am a big soup gal. I love soup. I went on a major soup bender the first couple of months that I was at home with Hudson.
Soup is super easy to reheat, a great way to get a good serving of veggies and protein in, and such a warming, comforting meal. Broth-based soups can also help new moms who are breastfeeding stay hydrated.
I love a piece of crusty bread with my soup, but also often had it with whole-grain toast or a side of salad mix.
Here are a few of my favorite soup recipes that reheat wonderfully from frozen:
- Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup – Classic chicken noodle soup with a spin. Fresh lemon juice adds a bright edge to this soup, and regular pasta noodles are swapped out for tiny, rice-shaped pasta shapes called orzo. Packed with herbs and home-y goodness.
- Instant Pot Cream of Mushroom Soup – While the recipe for this homemade cream of mushroom soup outlines the recipe using an instant pot, I’ve made it a number of times on the stovetop. If you don’t have an Insant Pot, simply simmer the mushrooms over medium-low heat for a while instead. I can guarantee that you will never buy canned mushroom soup again after seeing how simple and incredibly flavorful it can be when homemade.
- Easy One Pot Thai Chicken Noodle Soup – This exciting, flavor-packed chicken noodle soup is done with thin, vermicelli noodles and red curry paste and is the perfect fix for a new mom craving a big bowl of Thai noodles!
- Easy Spicy Turkey Chili – This has been my go-to chili recipe for years. It calls for lean ground turkey, which normally I am not a fan of. However, with all of the different vegetables and spices, normally bland, lackluster ground turkey gets a serious glow-up that will keep you full for hours.
- Indulgent Zuppa Toscana – This is definitely one of the most indulgent soup recipes, as it includes bacon, sausage and heavy cream. But my gosh, is it good. I mean, 3,300+ reviews can’t be wrong, right? I’ve subbed out the heavy cream for milk or half and half successfully before, and I’ve also left out the bacon for a lightened-up version.
- Best-Ever Chicken Tortilla Soup – If anyone ever tells you their chicken tortilla soup recipe is the best, and it isn’t this one, they’re lying. Full disclosure – this soup gets it’s super authentic, rich, and deep flavor thanks to a few dried Mexican chiles that will probably require a trip to a Latin grocery store. But it’s worth it. Promise.
- Healthy Loaded Potato Soup – I know I’ve just finished telling you every one of these soups is my favorite soups, but they’re really all *that* good. This one is also a favorite of mine (lol). Instead of calling for just potato, this lower-carb recipe calls for half steamed cauliflower, half potato. I love topping this with sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onion or chives, and bacon.
Dinner Freezer Meals for New Moms
- Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese – I mean… can you really go wrong? This lightened-up mash-up uses just a few pantry basics for this tasty, comfort-food staple.
- Grandma’s Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole – Chicken, egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup… it doesn’t get more comforting-casserole than this!
- Easy Crockpot Chicken Broccoli Alfredo – This 5-ingredient crockpot dump meal is ridiculously quick and easy to make. Serve over fettuccine noodles with a green salad.
- Healthy Crockpot Butter Chicken – Skip the heavy dairy with this incredibly flavorful butter chicken that’s balanced well with hidden veggies.
- Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas – This quick and easy recipe adds a whole lot of flavor and depth to a rotisserie chicken using chipotle peppers, lime, and honey. Love this super handy shortcut which will have you with a lovely healthy freezer meal for the new mom in no time!
- Instant Pot Korean Beef – I absolutely love this Korean beef recipe because it’s really rich in flavor (it’s cooked in an Instant pot with a sauce that uses canned pears as the base, yum!) and can be used in either burritos, bowls or tacos.
- Beef Bourguignon – This delicious, dare I say luscious beef bourguignon recipe is the taste of home that every new mom needs. Humble pieces of stewing beef – that you can often find on sale for a great price if you keep an eye out – are transformed into melt-in-your-mouth morsels. I serve it over mashed potatoes or with egg noodles, but rice would be great, too.
- Beef Stroganoff – Beef and mushrooms come together with a beef gravy-style sauce that’s got an added tang thanks to a scoop of sour cream. I swear my husband makes this recipe once every week or so – and no, I am not exaggerating (lol). We love serving it with cavatappi pasta (the ones that look like a pig’s curly tail) or pappardelle (broad ribbon noodles that are wider than fettuccine) – but you can make any type of pasta you like.
- Cheesy Taco-Stuffed Shells – Giant pasta shells are stuffed with easy peasy taco meat, salsa, and cheddar cheese for this warm tasty tex-mex meal. Serve with a side green salad or freshly sliced cucumbers or baby carrots.
- Easy Cottage Pie – Cottage pie, or as we (incorrectly) called it growing up – shepherd’s pie – is one of the classic meals my dad made growing up. I swear there wasn’t a time I can remember when we didn’t have one of his homemade shepherd’s pies in a small metal tin, ready to heat, in our freezer. The recipe that I am sharing with you is another one of our HelloFresh favorites and it’s got so much flavor, my husband just loves it.
- Sunday Sauce Pork Pasta Recipe – This delicious meaty pasta sauce recipe from HelloFresh was one of my hubby and I’s fav of the HelloFresh recipes we tried. Although I’ve made my own meat sauce and my own bolognese countless times, we really loved how this one included pesto for a bit of a more exciting twist.
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