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Pre-Baby Freezer Meals – Part One

By November 11, 2015 Freezer Prep Session

Let the pre-baby freezer madness begin!  My mom helped me make 15 beef and pork crockpot freezer meals over the weekend, and I can’t wait to make more.  Here’s what we made, including my recipes and shopping list.

15 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals for After Baby

Here’s a list of the 15 Beef and Pork Crockpot Freezer Meals:

  1. Beef Chili
  2. Mexican Black Bean Chili
  3. Sloppy Joe’s
  4. BBQ Baby Back Ribs
  5. Sweet and Sour BBQ Meatballs
  6. Stuffed Peppers
  7. Beef Roast with Carrots
  8. Mississippi Roast with Carrots
  9. Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes
  10. Cranberry Pork Roast
  11. Beef Barley Stew (modified slightly from Live Simply)
  12. Sausage Spinach Tomato Soup
  13. Meatball Vegetable Soup
  14. Italian Wedding Soup
  15. Meatball Minestrone Soup

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE PRINTABLE RECIPES AND SHOPPING LIST. NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

These are all recipes that I’ve made before.  They are our family-favorites and are the perfect freezer meals for new moms!!  If there isn’t a link to the recipe above it’s because the recipe is from one of my freezer cookbooks or I made it up.

Pre-Baby Freezer Meals - Part One

I stocked our freezer with 27 homemade freezer meals when I was pregnant with my third baby and it was awesome.  Instead of stressing over dinner or ordering take-out, we could grab something from the freezer.

I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with my fourth baby and want to make even more meals this time around.  My plan is to make 15 beef/pork crockpot freezer meals, 15 chicken crockpot freezer meals, and 10 casserole-type dishes.  That’s a total of 40 healthy and delicious freezer meals!

My mom offered to help me and it was so fun to make the first 15 meals with her.  I’ve made hundreds of freezer meals so I did a couple of things ahead of time to save time and money.

Pre-Baby Freezer Meals - Part One

I did five things to save TIME making these meals:

  1. I picked several recipes that call for seasoning packets instead of lots of different seasonings and measuring spoons.
  2. I bought three bags of frozen diced onions so we wouldn’t have to chop 10 ourselves.
  3. I bought two bags of frozen green beans instead of fresh.
  4. I bought pre-chopped fresh celery.
  5. I designed freezer labels for the bags with their cooking instructions and printed them on Avery water-resistant stickers.

If you want to use them too, here are the printable labels:

FREE PRINTABLE FREEZER MEAL LABELS

Pre-Baby Freezer Meals - Part One

I did three things to save MONEY making these crockpot freezer meals:

  1. I bought most of the ingredients at Costco.
  2. I bought dried beans and cooked them ahead of time to substitute for canned.
  3. I substituted red peppers for green peppers because they were on sale.

Pre-Baby Freezer Meals - Part One

Most crockpot freezer meals will last in a standard freezer for at least three months.  I’m sure we’ll eat most of these meals during that time period, but I decided to do two things to make our meals last six months or more:  1) I bought an upright freezer for our basement (Yay!!!) and 2) I bought a FoodSaver to vacuum-seal our meals (Yippee!).

Neither of these things are necessary for making crockpot freezer meals, but we’ll get a lot of use out of them.

Oh, and since I’ve made all of these meals before I have some photos of what they look like when they’re finished cooking.  YUM.

Sloppy Joe's

Homemade Mississippi Roast

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Italian Wedding Soup

7-Day Freezer-Friendly Slow Cooker Meal Plan

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Classic Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

I’ll share another blog post when I’m done with the next batch of meals.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  I’d love to hear from you. 

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I love the addition of numbering the recipes and listing which ingredients correspond to each recipe in the grocery list. So helpful! I am expecting baby #3 in May and will definitely be stocking the freezer with a bunch of your recipes. I did not discover this site until after baby #2 was born. While I did stock the freezer before he was born, I actually spent a ton of time doing it because I pre-cooked everything and froze in individual portions. I will still do a few things like that for those “oops, I forgot to thaw something for… Read more »

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Danna

How did you use your food saver for the meals with the liquid in them? I tried that and had a big mess on my hands. I would really like to use it instead of freezer bags if possible. Thanks! And thanks for the amazing recipes. My family loves them all and they are a life saver!

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Bonnie

I love your recipes and the grocery lists! My husband is really the chef of the family but has recently started working evenings. I returned to college a couple of years ago and with 3 children it can be rough. I am on the 2nd week of using your meals and I can not tell you how much easier my evenings have been! The best part is that every meal I’ve made so far has been a hit with all my family! The first week I made the 7 kid friendly meals and this week I’ve started some meals out… Read more »

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Rachel Seitz

How many cups of frozen diced onion is 1 onion?

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Kathleen

Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and helpful lists! Our family has enjoyed so many of these recipes and we have been blessed to be able to share them with friends too. I often have several of your meals in my freezer at any given time and it’s such a blessing to be able to pull one out for our family or to give to another family when they have a new baby or other major event in their life. We are expecting baby #4 in May and I am already putting together my list of meals I want… Read more »

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I have been married for 25 years, mother of 2 grown children (20 & 16), and Kindergarten through 5th grade PE teacher. I don’t look forward to cooking dinner and feel like I cook the same thing over and over again. I subscribed to your site and am looking forward to preparing freezer meals during our winter vacation. Once I decide on a project I am all in. I would like to prepare all your meal ideas at least once so that I can know which ones are my family’s favorites. Can you tell me how to go about getting… Read more »