I’ve been reading the New Leaf Wellness blog for awhile now (Kelly leads our New Mom’s Connections here at the shop and just generally has great ideas!) and was intrigued by her meal preparation before her third baby. When my mother-in-law planned a trip to see us when I was 37 weeks pregnant, I knew I wanted to ask her to help us fill our freezer.
My husband and my boys are picky eaters. On my best days, I have very little patience for complaints about food, and I just knew this was something I wanted to avoid while also nursing a new baby. I told my mother-in-law we wanted simple, kid-friendly meals like meatloaf and spaghetti casserole and pot pie.
She was game for the challenge, so I set off shopping while waiting for her plane.
My MIL surprised us by bringing a checked bag filled with frozen meals, too! Her friend had done this when flying across the country and she wanted to test it out. The cargo hold of the plane is so cold that all of the meals remained frozen in her suitcase. So right off the bat we had quiche and meatloaf and shepherd’s pie ready to go.
By the end of the weekend, we’d made 12 different meals, all ready to defrost and reheat. We took turns playing with my big boys while the other person chopped and stirred.
All in all, it’s been fantastic! When we need to eat, I just slide open the freezer and pop a pan in the oven. Everything is fully cooked, too, so really I’m just reheating.
Did your family help to stock up your freezer before a new baby arrived? Leave us a comment to share your experience!