Okay, so I think I’ve finally reached the nesting stage of pregnancy.
Not only do I feel myself morphing into a nit-picky cleaning machine (like, let’s not only clean out all of the food from the fridge, but let’s also take all of the drawers and shelves out of the fridge and completely scrub them down until they sparkle), but this week, I got the urgent need to make a bunch of freezer meals for us to enjoy once the baby is here. At one point my husband suggested moving our freezer meal prep day (yes, he helped with the cooking and he was AWESOME), and then at another point he suggested we split freezer day into two days and I couldn’t handle it. I NEEDED to make these meals on the specific day we’d set aside.
So that we did.
I’ve never done anything like this before. I tried doing this for cookie dough a couple of years back and made a double batch of dough and rolled and saved half in a freezer container to make at another point in time. Um, yeah, that dough was one of the things I threw out when I cleaned the freezer to make room for these meals. Awesome idea, Christina.
I do have high hopes for these freezer meals, though. Neither my husband or I want to eat takeout for every meal after the baby is born, and these recipes are some of our favorites, so I really think we’re going to gobble all of these up. I’m just hoping now that we made enough to last us more than a week post-baby.
With the two of us working together, we pounded these out in a little under three hours – including stopping to eat some of the chili for dinner 🙂 If it does work, I want to try and do something similar once a month after the baby is here.
Here’s what we made –
Michael Chiarello’s Tomato Soup – This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s the only tomato soup recipe I’ve ever tried because I loved it so much. The only thing I do different from what is listed is that I generally don’t add the celery unless I’m buying celery for something else. I’m not a fan of it so I don’t like buying a whole head if I only need one stalk. Other than that I follow the directions and add salt, pepper, cream and basil at the end to my liking. I made a triple batch of this recipe, had some for dinner one night (with a grilled cheese sandwich of course) and then froze the rest.
30-Minute Turkey Chili – Again, another one of our favorite recipes. We made a double batch of this, had some for dinner, then froze the rest.
Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie – I haven’t made this in a LONG time, but it’s so easy to make ahead and freeze. To do so, I made the filling and let it cool. After that, I filled it in small aluminum dishes, covered the top with the pastry then covered in foil to freeze. I use less thyme than what the recipe calls for because it can get a little too thyme-heavy for my taste and I use puff pastry instead of a pie crust.
Crockpot Beef Stew – This is a recipe I’ve never tried before, but I wanted to find something similar to the first thing I ever made in my crockpot (which I couldn’t find the recipe for anywhere), so I did some Googling and this is what I found. If you click on the link, it gives you a bunch of other recipes, which I’ve never tried, but if this one turns out great, I may give them a whirl in the future! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup – There really wasn’t any prep done for this on freezer day besides buying the canned goods needed to make it. I labeled them and put them in my cupboard so I know not to use them since they’re set aside for when we want to make this dish.
Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies – One of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes! So yummy! My hubby was in charge of making a double batch of these and he scooped the dough and popped into freezer safe containers so we can bake as many or as few as we’d like at a time.
After I made and transferred these dishes, I labeled them and for those that needed instructions, I noted them on the container.
For the soup and chili, I transferred them to both single serving and double serving containers. That way if we’re both in the mood for the same thing on one day, we can heat up the larger of the containers or the single serving if we don’t.
I’ve got high hopes for these meals and hope that we’re able to eat and enjoy them after the little one is here. This was the one time I wish I had a HUGE freezer so I could store more, but we’ll start with these and see how we go! Like I said, if this works, I’m looking forward to doing this again!
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