These Healthy Freezer Meals is brought to you by one of my recipe blog contributors, Laura! I have been excited to share this post with all my new mamas on here! Let me know if you end up making one of these! Enjoy!
Oh those newborn days.
Some of my absolute most favorite memories were created during those early days at home with my first. Still figuring everything out and wondering how anyone let us leave the hospital with this precious baby girl.
Want to know one of the most vivid parts of those memories for me? I was HUNGRY. It was the kind of hunger that came on fast with little warning. A combination of post-partum healing and constantly breastfeeding led me to go from content to STARVING in literally 30 seconds. Cooking hadn’t made its way into our new routine much at this point, so almond butter in a spoon dipped in chocolate chips became my instant snack.
Luckily, friends and family soon came to the rescue stocking our refrigerator and freezer with groceries and pre-made meals. I SO appreciated every single one of those delicious, cheesy lasagnas but I soon began to miss my typically well rounded meal featuring a good amount veggies and fresh fruit.
Whether you are looking for meals and snacks to stock your own freezer + fridge before your baby arrives, or you’re thinking of delivering dinner to a friend, I hope this list provides you with some healthy and easy to assemble ideas. I have made a note on the meals that I know for sure freeze well.
Super Quick Lunches:
– A great option for a quick bite during naptime. It actually tastes better as it sits in the fridge. Deliver this to a friend along with a loaf of hearty whole grain bread and some pre-washed grapes for a fast and simple lunch option.
– This is one of my family’s go-to make-ahead lunches. It is served cold so a hungry mama can reach into the fridge with a fork and come out with a veggie, protein, and flavor packed salad. It also makes a pretty large batch which I love. Optional: toss in some cooked chicken or shrimp.
(freezes AMAZINGLY well) – Loaded with fiber, protein, and a delicious smoky flavor. Ladle into glass jars and seal with lids (leaving a few inches of space at the top) for quickly available individual portions when the hanger strikes.
Breakfasts that make mom OK with the fact that she only slept 2 consecutive hours last night:
Fruit and granola parfaits – Whip up a batch of homemade granola – it is super simple and 100 times better than any store bought variety I’ve tried. Deliver the fresh granola along with a carton of whole fat plain greek yogurt and some fresh blueberries (you could also put together parfaits ahead of time by layering fruit and yogurt in glass jars with lids – leave the granola seperate for sprinkling over the top).
(these freeze perfectly!) – Taking a detour from the “healthy” train here, but omg what is better than freshly baked cinnamon rolls? I can think of nothing. This recipe includes tips for freezing.
(freeze well!) – One of my favorite ways to get veggies in at breakfast. Also super easy to pull out of the freezer, pop in the microwave, and have a nutrient packed, filling breakfast ready in minutes (bonus points for being able to eat one-handed). I recommend individually wrapping in foil and sealing in a freezer bag prior to delivery (write the microwave and/or oven cook time on the bag for easy reheating).
(freeze super well!!)- Lightly spiced, fluffy, veggie packed goodness. Layer these in a freezer bag with parchment paper so mom can pull them out one or two at a time for easy (one-handed!) toasting.
That amazing feeling when DINNER is already taken care of:
(freezes well!) – Or insert your favorite lasagna recipe here. I can still vividly remember the feeling of
– These are a family fave, super comforting and packed with veggies. Make sure the tortillas are covered with sauce before freezing, you can even add extra cheese and milk to make sure they remain saucy after thawing.
Easy to throw together salad – amazing on its own or delivered alongside your favorite cheesy Italian pasta bake. Just grab a larger container of pre washed greens (spring mix, baby spinach or kale, microgreens, whatever you decide). Add a few jars of toppings such as candied walnuts, spiced pepitas, and dried cherries along with a bottle of your favorite dressing (or a jar of homemade!).
– The most addicting sweet and spicy mix full of filling, good-for-you bits. I cannot get enough of this stuff whenever it’s around. It’s a perfect grab-n-go snack for hangry (sleepy) mamas.
(freeze well!) – SO delicious and easy to throw together. These freeze perfectly and actually taste pretty darn delicious right out of the freezer.
Chocolate chip cookie dough (almost all recipes freeze awesomely!) – whip up a batch o your favorite cookie dough and portion into balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid and then transfer dough balls to a freezer bag. Mom or dad can pop out and bake a few at a time for unexpected visitors (or bake the whole batch for themselves!).