50+ Freezer Meals for New Moms (Divided by Category)

  Sep 14, 2019  |  #Pregnancy

These freezer meals for new moms will make the transition to motherhood that much easier.  Make ahead freezer meals are the best quick and easy pregnancy meals and will be ready for you when you need them by doing just a little meal prep when pregnant. 

closeup of veggie pasta bake in cooking dish

Focusing on freezer ideas for new moms and other freezer-friendly meal prep has been a life saver as a new mom, which is why I think it’s important to share these easy pregnancy meals with you.

I hope these healthy freezer meals for new moms will be helpful for you too, even if you aren’t a new mom.

Pregnant meal prep was by far the smartest thing I could have done to prepare for my daughters (Camryn’s birth story and Hannah’s birth story) and I made some of the best meals for pregnancy. 

If you’re someone who likes to do a lot of cooking in bulk, or wants to have easy meals on hand – maybe you have a surgery coming up, or a loved one is sick, etc. It’s nice to have some meals pre-made so all you have to do is just heat them up.

This post was originally published in April 2018, and photos and text were updated in January 2020. 

WHAT ARE THE BEST HEALTHY FREEZER MEALS FOR NEW MOMS?

As most of these listed below, the best healthy freezer meals will have multiple macronutrients and food groups so they nourish you and keep you full for a period of time. 

I’ve divided these freezer meals for new moms into different categories, such as:

  • Breakfasts
  • Snacks
  • Crockpot Freezer Meals
  • Dinners

Breaded salmon on sheetpan with potatoes

I would recommend doing meal prep during pregnancy if you have the energy and time!

These easy freezer meals are GREAT as healthy pregnancy meals and pregnancy dinner ideas as well.

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR FREEZER MEAL PREP?

I want to share some of my favorite resources for pregnancy meal prep because to succeed you have to have a few systems in place. Obviously, if you need pregnancy dinner ideas or you want to make freezable meals for new moms, you need the right supplies.  

I would have loved to see a post like this when I was pregnant to encourage a meal prep pregnancy plan, so I thought it may be helpful to compile a list of meal prep ideas for pregnancy to make in bulk.

Doing meal prep while pregnant does not have to be overly arduous and time-consuming. Just do it little by little.

While this is great for mamma’s to be, it can also be a great resource for general meal prep or freezer prep.

Bunch of meal prep containers for healthy freezer meals

Chest Freezer

We bought a chest freezer a few months ago that has been the best purchase for meal prep for pregnancy!

Chest freezer for freezer meal prep

If you don’t have the money or space for a deep freezer, try to utilize your current freezer the best you can.

 

Use Tupperware and Storage Containers For Freezer Meals Before Baby

I recommend purchasing a good set of tupperware or meal prep freezer containers that can go in the freezer. Otherwise, you won’t have much room for your healthy freezer meals.

Tupperware for Freezer Meal Prep

These have been vital for food prep for pregnancy, too. 

 

Meal Prep Sheet To Keep Track Of Meals For New Moms

This may be because I’m a nerd, but I love writing down and noting what I’m making or have made. I’m a mom who needs meal prep organization. 

I love this magnet sheet for mentally planning and organizing meals and days. 

Keeping track of easy pregnancy meals

Crockpot or Instant Pot

Lastly, if you don’t have a crockpot or instant pot, you should invest in one now for make ahead freezer slowcooker meals.

Believe me, the money spent now is WELL worth it when you’re tired, can’t/don’t want to leave the house (or put real clothes on) and have no fresh food.

And don’t think Crockpot Oatmeal isn’t a possibility, it makes for the best easy crockpot meals for pregnancy. 

 

I can’t tell you how helpful these homemade freezer meals were for me as a new mom. I now use this as my guide for new mommy friends who need easy meals that will last them a while.

BEST FREEZER MEALS FOR PREGNANCY (QUICK AND EASY PREGNANCY MEALS)

So, below is a list of quick and easy pregnancy meals to freeze before baby arrives that either:

  1.  I made
  2.  Were recommended to me
  3.  I found on the internet and thought would make for great pregnancy meal ideas

It did take some time to make all these recipes but I spread it out over weeks and months.

If you’re in a rush or low on time, you could knock a lot out in one weekend!

 

Overhead shot of steel cut baked oatmeal topped with bananas

Believe me, these easy meal prepping ideas are SO helpful because you won’t have time (or honestly, brainpower) to think once baby arrives.

I’m a big fan of freezer meals for pregnancy to plan ahead.  

HEALTHY BREAKFAST MEAL PREP IDEAS

We tend to only think about dinners in terms of make ahead freezer meals, but don’t forget about the power of breakfast!

To me, they are the best meals for new moms because I’m groggy and sleep-deprived in the morning. 

You’ll thank yourself when you can just grab something or reheat a healthy freezer meal and start your day. Especially if you have a crying or needy baby and are functioning in a sleep-deprived state.

These also operate as healthy pregnant meals, too!

Collage of different freezer meal ideas

 

EASY SNACKS FOR NEW MOMS

Snacks for pregnancy and snacks for new moms (especially hungry breastfeeding moms) are essential! If you’re more of a smoothie person, check out this list of 10 lactation smoothie recipes that can help with milk production. 

When hunger hits you instantaneously, you’re not going to want to wait to bake something.

No one remembers them but they are the most important part for moms throughout the day. 

Collage of 4 different snack ideas for meal prep

Most of these make ahead snack recipes have some sort of protein, which is key for satiety and satisfaction. 

And if you just want something cold and creamy, this roundup of healthy greek yogurt smoothie recipes should provide plenty of inspiration. 

Ingredients for greek yogurt smoothie on dark countertop

DINNER IDEAS AND MEALS FOR PREGNANCY

Whether you’re looking for healthy crockpot freezer meals, freezer family meals or easy freezer meals before baby, these pregnancy meal prep lunches and dinner ideas are perfect. 

Eating well will help you feel better and more energetic during pregnancy and postpartum, so having pregnancy dinner ideas and go to recipes help!

However, you probably won’t have the time or energy to cook meals from scratch so these easy dinner recipes come together easily and are easy to prep in advance. 

Easy Freezer Meal Ideas For New Moms

I like to repurpose many of these are pregnancy lunch meal prep because we tend to forget about lunch recipes. 

Hummus Pasta Salad is also one of my favorite vegetarian meals for pregnancy. 

CROCKPOT FREEZER MEALS

Closeup of pumpkin crockpot chili, a healthy crockpot freezer meal

Crockpot freezer meals are the most hands off options available because the slow cooker does all the work! 

Here are some favorites: 

CAN YOU MAKE FREEZER MEALS FOR A MONTH?

I hope you find these pregnant meal prep ideas helpful if you’re expecting or just want to plan ahead. It can be easy to put all of our focus on a little one and neglect ourselves.

Easy freezer meals don’t have to be overwhelming. I just did a few recipes each week that built up over time (so thankful for my chest freezer).

Or, if you’re making a recipe that is freezable, just double or triple the recipe and then you don’t necessarily have to take an extra time to make freezer meals for baby. 

 

muffins in muffin tin

You could easily stock up on freezer meals for a month if you have the space and do it little by little.

I’ve found that fruity muffins and bars are my FAVORITE easy grab and go snacks. You have to think that you want easy, snacks that you can eat with one hand.

Add some yogurt or nut butter for a protein-packed satisfying snack. 

SAVE FOR LATER!

These freezer meals for new moms will come in handy in preparing for a baby! Great for pregnant women and new moms alike, they are healthy, easy and convenient.

What are your favorite on the go snacks? Any other freezer ideas for new moms?

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17 responses to “50+ Freezer Meals for New Moms (Divided by Category)

  1. I want to take a week off from everything just so I can cook and cook only. Make all the things I have on my list (and now this list) and stock my freezer. Great recipes – thank you!

    Soooo nice you got out to a brewery!! Oh my gosh that beer must have tasted like gold.

    1. Wouldn’t it be nice to do that? I feel like I would try every recipe on my “to make” list which will realistically never be fully accomplished because it keeps growing longer.

        1. You can eat deli meat if it’s cooked during pregnancy, but I would consult with your OB. I saved these for after delivering the baby so it was a quick grab and go or reheat meal!

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  3. I’m not a mom but I am a teacher who has multiple extra jobs so I get home late and need to eat out of my freezer! This post is awesome, thanks!!!

    1. Hi Andrea, it’s always nice to have some go-to items from the freezer for all of us! Hope you find it helpful.

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