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20+ Freezer Meals to Make Before Baby Comes That Aren’t Lasagna

Source: 40 Aprons
Source: 40 Aprons

Whether it’s your first kid or your fourth, the time before baby comes is high-key prep mode—the nursery has to be made up, the child locks need to be put in place, and all the cute baby clothes need to be shopped for. What you might not think of, though, is how much you will not want to cook once the baby comes. Sure, you can order out or go through the three hundred lasagnas that will be delivered to you by well-meaning friends and family—or you can make your own pre-made freezer meals that you know you and your partner will love.

You’ll be thanking yourself three days into parenthood when your favorite meal is just one defrost away. Keep reading for 20+ meals to enjoy now or to pop in the freezer and use in case of serious hunger emergency (AKA every moment from here on out, mama).




1. Blender Banana Rice Gluten-Free Waffles

A Saturday morning waffle tradition doesn’t have to end just because things are a little different around the house. Have these on hand for when you want a yummy breakfast—we promise they’re better than Eggos! 


2. Vegetable Breakfast Burritos

Start your day off right with protein and veggies without having to spend an hour in the kitchen. We know you’ll be ready for a day of taking care of a newborn after one of these. 


3. Mediterranean Egg Casserole

A good egg bake is the perfect go-to freezer meal for breakfast. This recipe includes all of the best mediterranean flavors like mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese. 

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: Foodie Crush


4. Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Mornings with a newborn will be busy. Tossing a hearty breakfast sandwich in the microwave is a great way to start the day with a quick bite. Make this recipe gluten free or regular. 


Soups & Sides


5. Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Preparing soup to have on hand after baby comes home is a game changer. It freezes easily and is quickly warmed up. Whip up this easy recipe in the Instant Pot ahead of time and have a healthy meal waiting for you when you get home. 


6. Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

After eating hospital food for days, you might be craving something a bit healthier. This chili is a great option to have on hand as it’s made with the superfood that is quinoa (yay for protein!) and vegetarian. 


7. Simple Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

Healthy comfort food is always a good idea—especially this soup. It’s filled with hearty sweet potatoes and cauliflower and is super easy to make. 


8. Butternut Squash Carrot Soup

Add some nutrients back into your diet in the simplest way possible with this veggie-filled recipe. 


9. Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder

Sometimes we just need some warm comfort food at home. This corn chowder will be calling your name when you want something rich, warm, and hearty. 


10. Feta and Zucchini Fritters

Just because life is a little busier doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a good appetizer or snack! These feta and zucchini fritters are delicious and pair with any soup or main dish (or on their own!). 


11. Stuffed Pepper Soup

You likely won’t have much time to actually make stuffed peppers right after bringing baby home. That’s why we love this soup that has all of the flavors we love from the main dish without the work! 

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: Skinnytaste


Main Dishes


12. Broccoli, Chicken, and Brown Rice Bake

Between delicious takeout meals, you may be looking for something a little lighter. A rice bake filled with broccoli and chicken is sure to do the trick and leave you energized after. 

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: 40 Aprons


13. Pesto Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

If you’ve never jumped on the zucchini noodles train, now is a great time! They pair perfectly with the herby and salty pesto in this dish. 


14. Slow Cooker Easy Carnitas

Taco Tuesdays can still be a thing with this slow cooker recipe. Having the meat on hand and cooked will save plenty of time. All you’ll have to do is pick up the tortillas and any toppings you’d like for a delicious meal.

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: Isabel Eats


15. Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

We meant it when we said healthier comfort food is our favorite. This dish has the best of both worlds—it’s delicious and vegan! 


16. Freezer Meal Chicken Meatballs

Frozen meatballs from a bag could never! Trust us, these will hit the spot when dipped in your favorite sauce.

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: Pinch of Yum


17. Vegan Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Filled with tons of good stuff like veggies and topped with guacamole, we know you’ll be craving these stuffed sweet potatoes for months to come. 


18. Three Cheese Baked Ziti

Sometimes a big plate of pasta is just what the doctor ordered. This baked ziti is even better than it sounds. 

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: Averie Cooks


19. Chicken Tikka Masala

Sure, you could order Indian food takeout. Or, you could save the money and have this on hand waiting for you in the freezer when hunger strikes. 

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: Pinch of Yum


20. Garlic Lemon Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fry is always a good go-to. We love this recipe because it can be altered to use veggies that are in season when you prep it. 


21. Chicken Ropa Vieja

Add a little Latin flair to dinner without leaving the house! Filled with shredded chicken, bell peppers, onions, and cumin, this recipe is the gift that keeps on giving. 

freezer recipes to prep before baby

Source: Skinnytaste


22. Steak and Ale Pot Pie

No frozen meal has quite as good of a reputation as pot pies. Plus, after spending nine months without alcohol, a little beer flavor might just hit the spot! 

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