Are you impressed? I am. I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but I actually read about freezer meals in one of the many foodie blogs that I follow: What's Cookin, Chicago?
I knew that I wanted to cook and freeze meals before Lucy's arrival from very early on in my pregnancy. It just seemed like a great, easy way to be prepared for the newborn phase of life. I fully expect to be a sleep-deprived zombie those first four weeks or so, and I know cooking will be the last thing on my mind, but I still want to be able to eat delicious food!
A few weeks ago I compiled a list of our favorite freezer-friendly foods, and began composing the longest grocery list conceivable of all the supplies I'd need. Unfortunately, the grocery shopping trip that followed completely zapped my energy for the day, and the cooking frenzy didn't begin until the next day. The recipes I chose were a combination of family recipes and recipes that I've collected from food blogs (which is why only some of the recipes below have links).
Shredded Pork (for Tacos)*
Ground Turkey (for Tacos)
Fallon's Italian Chicken Soup
Mama Bear's Sauce
Twice Baked Potatoes
Mama Bear's Banana Bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Stacy's Pumpkin Cookies
*Indicates an adaptation has been made
I'd like you all to know there was a brief moment where I contemplated buying a second freezer... Here's a pic of my breakfast burrito assembly line:
This was a really fun process (in my opinion, anyways; I just love to cook and bake!), and its inspired me to try out Once-A-Month-Cooking (OAMC) and Dump Recipes after the this batch of freezer meals is demolished.