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Meal prep

Thursday, October 03, 2013

As of today, I'm 5 weeks, 2 days pregnant. With my last pregnancy, morning sickness kicked into high gear at exactly 6 weeks. Hubby was forced to do all meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking (usually I meal plan, he shops, and I do about 3/4 of the cooking). Since his schedule is incredibly busy right now (full time job, plus an extra part-time gig, plus finishing his masters degree), I've been trying to plan ahead by making freezer meals. At this point I have four dishes in the freezer (since many are 8-serving recipes, calling each one a "meal" seems to be underestimating!) with plans for a few more. I'm hoping for at least one meal a week (with all the leftovers) for the rest of the first trimester. Not every day was quite so bad. I did cook a few times with the last pregnancy, but I know it will be so much easier if I don't have to do much with food. And if all he has to do is thaw something and bake it? Even better!

Have any tasty freezeable recipes that are your favorites? So far I've got a homemade veggie pizza, chicken poppyseed casserole (I don't make this normally given that it has a lot of cream of soups—I've been trying to make my own cream ofs, but went the easy route this time—but it seemed like something I might be able to eat while feeling sick), Skinnytaste's Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese, veggie pot pie (with biscuits!).

This week I've seen a vegetarian Mexican lasagna that looks good (and healthy) and a baked chicken parmesan casserole that I hope to assemble over the weekend. Skinnytaste has a cheeseburger casserole that we enjoy that I might add to the mix . . .

I'd love some other ideas.
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    We like to do homemade burgers that we freeze. You can make them with chicken or turkey for a bit of extra health. I also make a meat sauce and a vegetable pasta sauce but the meat sauce is more comfort foody ;) I find that freezing pasta sauces is pretty well the same as freezing a meal since you just need to cook some pasta and defrost the sauce.
    1613 days ago
    I freeze white bean chicken chili, but honestly that's the only thing I ever freeze. But it's delicious. You can get a great recipe off sparkrecipies. That's where I got it.
    1626 days ago
    I've not really done it before, either. I've frozen servings of soup, but that is about it. Skinnytaste has a search item for freezeable meals, so I went through it. I've done pinterest searches, as well. Let me know if you find anything that looks good!
    1626 days ago
    That's a great idea to do that before you hit the nausea! I am about to start my freezer meals up as well if I can get to them before I go into labor! So many other things to do as well before the big day! I recently got a email that had a lot of freezerable casseroles and I favorited them in my recipe box on their website. I also got an email this week with lots of quick and easy recipes that were on the campbells website. I might see if any of those look good to freeze. I've never frozen meals like that, but I'm anxious to see how it goes and I think it'll be worth it in the end when I can just pop in a quick dinner and it's ready to go!
    1626 days ago
    We are not always quite this busy. Hubby's extra job is a temporary thing, filling in for a few months while the search process goes on (he's actually applying for the ongoing job, which will be full-time. If he gets it, he would quit his current job). So his busy-ness should only last till December . . . Then we'll get the different busy-ness of preparing for baby!
    1626 days ago
    My oh my, you two are really busy. there is a saying that goes ... if you want something done and done right, as a busy person to do it.
    1626 days ago
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