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50+ Easy Freezer Meals for New Moms

These easy 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. 

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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 VBAC home birth) and I made some of the best meals for pregnancy.

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This post about easy meals for new moms will focus on:

  • What to include for healthy freezer meals for new moms
  • What you need for freezer meal prep
  • The best freezer meals for pregnancy (and why!)
  • Healthy breakfast meal prep recipes
  • Easy snacks for new moms
  • Some of the best freezer meals postpartum
  • Crockpot freezer meals

Easy to Freeze Meals for New Moms Are Clutch

I always tell people that making freezer meals for new moms is a great way to help (new) parents. We have several ideas for postpartum freezer meals.

It’s easy to do (just double a meal you make for yourself!), and you can drop it off without disturbing the new addition.

Personally, I always focus on some sort of freezer meal prep before baby.

postpartum freezer meals in freezer

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. Meal prep for baby can be easier than we think.

Meal prep and subscribing to the annual membership for Thrive Market are my two must-do’s when I’m expecting.

Seriously, having the essentials (flours, snacks, almond milk, etc. etc.) delivered monthly was a LIFE SAVER and we even relied on Blue Apron and other meal delivery services.

thrive market

You’re tired, sleep deprived, the laundry is excessive, and cooking a meal is the last thing on your mind. I relied a lot on the freezer meals I made when pregnant and also subscribed to some other helpful products.

I also subscribed to Butcher Box to have quality meat and seafood on hand, which I used for many of these recipes!

When I’m pregnant, postpartum, or now that I have kids, I only buy high quality, grass fed meat.

Storage Tips For Post Partum Meal Prep

When doing post partum meal prep and storage, you do want to keep a few things in mind from a food safety perspective.

  1. According to the FDA, when preparing food, make sure to always separate raw from cooked meats and foods. This means using separate cutting boards.
  2. Food safety is especially important for pregnancy and postpartum when our immune systems may be more vulnerable. Make sure to cook foods to proper temperatures (here’s a guide).
  3. When defrosting food, avoid doing so on the countertop at room temperature. Instead, defrost in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave. Food thawed in cold water or in the microwave should be cooked immediately.
  4. Speaking of thawing, if you thaw something and don’t end up eating it, do NOT refreeze.
  5. It may be a good idea to try to incorporate some recipes that are allergen-free or friendly. You never know if your breastfeeding baby will react to dairy or something in your diet.
  6. Try to use within 2-5 months. Believe me – these meals wiill taste better and have a stronger nutrition profile if you do. Make sure you have freezer friendly containers, such as Stasher bags or pyrex containers.

Easy Freezer Meals for New Moms Ideas

The best easy freezer meals for new moms will have multiple macronutrients and food groups so they nourish you and keep you full for a period of time. 

New moms have high energy needs based on birth and recovery. Plus, breastfeeding hunger is so real, and these along with healthy postpartum snacks can help quench it. 

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! Little by little, it will add up. Just make sure you have somewhere to store them, like a deep freezer or chest freezer.

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

What You Need for Postpartum Freezer Meals

I want to share some of my favorite resources for pregnancy meal prep and postpartum freezer meals because to succeed you have to have a few systems in place.  

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 resource for simple meal prep or freezer prep.

And if you already have a little one, check out this roundup on freezable toddler meals

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 postpartum freezer meals. We keep it in the garage.

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.

Tupperware and Storage Containers

I recommend purchasing a good set of tupperware or meal prep freezer containers that can go in the freezer. You want to invest in a good quality that will last.

Your healthy postpartum freezer meals are literally going ot be fueling you so the container you store them in matters.

Tupperware for Freezer Meal Prep

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

Meal Prep Sheet To Keep Track Of Meals

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, especially when making freezer meals.

I love this magnet sheet for mentally planning and organizing meals and days and of course, my shopping list.

I would have easily forgotten about so much of my postpartum freezer meals if I hadn’t written them down.

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 easy 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 After Baby is Born

Below is a list of quick and easy pregnancy meals to freeze before baby arrives that either I made, were recommended to me, or I found on the internet and thought would make for great easy freezer meals for new moms. 

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. Enlist the help of your mom, sister, neighbor or friend

Overhead shot of steel cut baked oatmeal topped with bananas

Healthy Breakfast Meal Prep Recipes

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

Breakfast meal prep ideas for new moms are GOLD because we are groggy and sleep-deprived in the mornings. Here’s more ideas for meal prep breakfast ideas. 

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 filling breastfeeding snacks for new moms are essential. If you’re more of a smoothie person, check out this list of 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, which is why I rely on some of my favorite snacks for pregnancy and healthy postpartum snacks

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 greek yogurt smoothie recipes should provide plenty of inspiration. 

These smoothies for pregnancy are also fabulous and nourishing for postpartum.

Ingredients for greek yogurt smoothie on dark countertop

Easy Dinner Meals for Pregnancy and Best Freezer Meals Postpartum 

Whether you’re looking for healthy instant pot or 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. 

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 toddler 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. 

Easy freezer meals for new moms graphic

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

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  1. 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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  3. The crockpot or instant pot is one of the best inventions EVER; we’ve been doing a lot of those types of meals especially since my grandma came to live with us.

      1. I thought you should avoid deli meats during pregnancy? Was so excited for those muffin sandwiches

        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!

  4. 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.