Alright, I'm 36.5 weeks pregnant right now which means it's CRUNCH TIME PEOPLE!! Baby's clothes, blankets, and swaddles are all washed, organized, and put away. I'm packing my hospital bag this weekend (!!!), and I'm starting to load up on freezer meals for post-baby.
When you first have a baby, mums, in-laws, and just family and friends in general stop by a lot to bring dinners which is SO helpful! Buuut the initial hype dies down, and you're left to start figuring out this new "normal" (while your body is still recovering, might I add). I was ravenous while nursing, but eating was the last thing on my mind because I was so consumed with being responsible for this tiny person. It's challenging to get up and make food throughout the day, so having healthy, homemade dinners that you just need to pop into the oven was SO NICE and comforting!
Most of the freezer meals I made and plan to make this time are just crockpots. Crockpot meals are SO easy to prepare, plus they make a lot so you can either make one for dinner and freeze the rest, or double the recipe if you already have a large family and won't have extras. There are sooo many crockpot recipes on Pinterest (and TONS of healthy ones too!). I've listed the meals I'll be freezing, along with other things I'll be making ahead of time. I hope it's helpful!!
I made this meal on Monday to go in the freezer because it's one of our favourites!! My family makes this all the time, and we all love it!
- 1 1/2 lb chicken, cooked and shredded
- 1/3 C raw, unfiltered honey
- 1/4 C fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder, or 2 cloves garlic
- 2 (10 oz) cans green enchilada sauce (I use Sprouts enchilada sauce)
- 1/2 C organic Horizon half and half
- 1 1/2 C mozzarella cheese
- Sprouted grain tortillas
Whisk together the honey, lime, chili, and garlic, and add to shredded chicken. Let the sauce soak into the meat for about 30 minutes (I usually skip this step #lazy). Mix half and half with enchilada sauce and pour half of the sauce onto the bottom of a baking dish. It should coat the entire bottom. Fill tortillas with meat and a sprinkle of cheese, roll up and place in the dish. Complete until there is no more chicken mixture left. Pour the remained of the sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle with more cheese. When ready to cook: bake for 45-60 minutes at 350 from frozen (or bake uncovered for 350 for 30 minutes if cooking right away). Turn on broiler and broil until cheese is slightly brown and crispy. I usually serve it with black beans and a salad!
I use Kodiak Cakes for my waffles and pancakes. Directions are on the box, but I usually add in Vital Proteins collagen peptides and/or IdealRaw protein powder (10% off with my code "SWOLE"). Cook them normally, and then let cool completely. Break in half and stack halves together, and store in baggy in the freezer. When you're ready to eat them, just pop in the toaster! I love topping my waffles/pancakes with natural peanut butter, berries, chia seeds, and a little raw, unfiltered honey if I'm feeling frisky.
- Energy Balls
I originally posted this recipe on here right after I had Piper, and it's one I still use. I usually keep the oat, peanut butter, and honey ratio the same, and then throw it whatever else I have in the cupboards (flax seed, chia seeds, hemp seed, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, etc) to spice things up. These are AWESOME for milk supply, and are also packed with nutrients, so it actually keeps you full (or as "full" as you can feel if you're nursing). I'll be making tons of these ahead of time! You can store them in the fridge or freezer.
If this isn't your first baby, then you already know, but if you are about to have your first baby, believe me when I say that convenience is key. You will figure out how to do everything with just one hand. I've made so many dinners with one hand, while nursing or rocking Piper with my other. Smoothies are simple to put together in general, but having everything just in one bag that you can just throw in the blender is so nice!
My go-to recipe for smoothies is: 1/4 cup fruit (usually berries), 1 scoop IdealRaw protein, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 cups spinach, 1/3 cup frozen zucchini (you can't taste it at all!), and sometimes ground flaxseed and Vital Proteins collagen peptides.