Towards the end of a pregnancy, Moms are nesting and getting everything ready to welcome their baby into the world. Once the nursery is complete and everything is organized, what else can you do? Of course pack your hospital bag, but also you can prepare freezer meals for when you get home from the hospital. The last thing you want to do is think about what to make for dinner when you are caring for your one week old newborn. Begin your postpartum meal prep with these 8 meals and get ahead of the game.

There are a few different ways to prepare these freezer meals. You can cut, mix and store uncooked food in a freezer Ziploc bag that will later be just dumped into a crockpot. Another option is to make a large crockpot meal now, eat half and freeze the second half so all that has to be done is to thaw and reheat it. The third option is to buy two sets of ingredients for the same meal. Make one for that evening and a second to cool and freeze for your postpartum journey. Let’s dive into some scrumptious freezer meal options for new moms and dads.

1. Freezer Curry Chicken & Vegetables

Add the following ingredients to a freezer bag, mix it up and store it in your freezer. Thaw the bag completely, approximately 24 hours before you’re ready to cook it. Cook on low for 8 hours and serve over brown rice. Check out more delicious freezer meals for new moms similar to this in Annette Goodman’s book.

  • 5 boneless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 8 scallions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups of butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 cup of snap peas, whole
  • 2 cups of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 Tbsp of curry powder
  • 1 cup of dry cooking sherry
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

2. Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken & Vegetables

This is a big crockpot dish that you can easily freeze half of after you and your partner enjoy it in your third trimester. Start by mixing the first seven ingredients in a bowl to make the sauce. Then, put the chicken thighs on the bottom and top them with the potatoes and carrots. Pour the sauce over everything. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Add the green beans for the last 60 minutes. Be sure it is fully cooled before freezing half of it for a delicious postpartum meal. Don’t forget to label and date it!

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Dried basil, 1 tsp
  • Dried oregano, 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper, 1/4 tsp
  • 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Halved baby potatoes, 16 oz
  • Baby carrots, 16 oz
  • Trimmed green beans, 16 oz

3. Turkey, Feta, Sundried Tomato Meatloaf

This is not your average meatloaf. It is filled with sundried tomatoes and spinach for a delicious and nutritious postpartum meal to support your hardworking motherhood journey and great for lactation aid. It is very easy to make, so I suggest making two and freezing one for later. You can even cut it into slices, so that you only take out part at a time. Mix the ingredients together, put it in an oiled 8×8 pan, and bake for 40-45 minutes at 375° F.

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup thawed chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, julienne cut
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (gluten free will work too)
  • 2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp milk (dairy free will work too)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg

4. Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork

Our family loves this dish and it is one of the easiest crockpot recipes out there. Mix the chili powder and garlic salt in a separate bowl. Place the pork tenderloin in a crockpot and cover it with the rub you just mixed. Cover the meat with about six cups of ginger ale and cook on low for 8 hours. When it is done, dump out all except 2 Tbsp of the juice, and shred the pork. Finally mix in the BBQ sauce and serve on a roll with coleslaw or for a healthy choice stuff a baked sweet potato with the BBQ pulled pork. This is another great crockpot meal that makes a lot, so half can be frozen for a later date.

  • 2-3 lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp garlic salt
  • 6 cups ginger ale
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

 5. Freezer Marinated Apple Chicken

This is a delicious marinade to freeze raw chicken in and then pop on the grill for a quick postpartum meal when you are feeling tired. And for further new mom guidance, hire a Boston newborn care expert or postpartum doula. Mix the following ingredients in a freezer Ziploc with raw chicken. Label, date, and freeze it. Thaw the bag completely, approximately 24 hours before you’re ready to cook it. Grill it on each side for about 5 minutes and serve with a microwavable bag of vegetables.

  • 1.5 lbs Chicken Thighs
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp of minced ginger

6. Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup

Get comfortable and cozy up with this delectable soup when you return home with your newborn baby. Place the chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker. Mix the first seven ingredients in a separate bowl and then pour over the chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove the chicken, shred it, and then mix it back in. Offer the fajita soup with these toppings: shredded cheese, chopped avocado, diced green pepper, sour cream, and tortilla strips. Eat up and then freeze the rest for a postpartum meal later.

  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 15oz can of black beans
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast

7. Teriyaki Chicken Burgers & Pineapple

This recipe makes eight burgers, so you can cook four and freeze four raw to cook when you have a newborn keeping you busy. Mix the following ingredients and form them into eight chicken patties. Cook them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper at 375° F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway. Serve them on a bun with a slice of pineapple. For a quick vegetable on the side, my family likes to throw frozen sweet potato fries in the oven.

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

8. Crockpot Steak Tacos

This delicious recipe comes from the Gooseberry Patch cookbook. Mix the first four ingredients in a bowl. Place the steak in a crockpot and cover it with the dry rub you just made. Cover the steak with the 20 ounces of tomatoes and cook on low for 8 hours. When it is finished shred it and then freeze half. Serve it on a taco shell with guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, and corn. Enjoy!

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 lbs Steak (flat iron or skirt steak)
  • 20 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes

These meals for new moms and dads are a lifesaver when you are struggling to keep your eyes open. If you are in need of additional postpartum support, reach out for exceptional Boston newborn care. Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny, with over 200 five star Google reviews and 15 years of experience, is here to offer you postpartum support from birth and beyond. We provide certified postpartum doulas, overnight newborn care, certified lactation consultants, sleep coaching, nanny placement, and more! Give us a call today at 781-444-4063.

About The Author

Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and is a Certified Potty Training Expert. At Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny she is the eLearning and Social Media Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her children, going for walks with her family, and discovering local wineries in New England.

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