While meal prep for baby doesn’t have to be extravagant, it is helpful to put some thought into what you want to be eating, or at least, what’s feasible to reheat and eat in the hectic postpartum period.
Meal Prep Ideas for Baby
I have been motivated to make freezer meals for new moms now because I know just how helpful they will become when I’m sleep-deprived and have little energy.
Hopefully, this can help some of you in the future. Or, maybe, if you just want some meal prep (freezer) inspiration!
As with anything, I’ve tried to keep things super simple with meal prep. If you know me by now, I also try to keep my recipes super simple.
So, here is some of what I’ve prepped so far.
1. Crockpot Salsa Chicken
I don’t have an official recipe for this but it’s SO easy you don’t need one.
Just put as many chicken breasts as you want in the crockpot. Add a whole big can of salsa (we used a Costco type size and pour it on). Cook the chicken on low for 6-8 hours.
When it’s done, just shred the chicken! It’s already flavored with salsa, but you can surely add extra seasonings if you choose.
We pre-portioned these out and froze them in small servings to reheat as necessary.
2. Tuna Casserole
My MIL made this while she was here last weekend and we froze it in smaller bags so if we just want 1-2 portions, we can reheat as necessary. I LOVEEE tuna casserole and feel like I haven’t had it in forever.
I’m not sure what recipe she used, but it is one that called for potato chips on top and they are delicious. The extra crunch was genius. It seems similar to this tuna casserole.
3. Breakfast Casseroles
Plus, baked oatmeal comes in handy, as meal prep oatmeal is easy to reheat!
Some of our favorites include:
4. Lasagna and Pasta Bakes
Isn’t lasagna like the best meal prep ever? I am already looking forward to the day that I take it out of the freezer and devour it.
Anything pasta related is delicious and high on my priority “EAT” list. I used this recipe.
5. Snack Bars
I’m a huge snacker so I know I NEED to have some snacks on hand.
I also plan on making some of my nut free protein bars.
I love how gooey and soft they are, so will be an easy snack to pop while breastfeeding, or when I need some extra energy.
6. Quinoa Dishes
You certainly can! I may pair this with the salsa chicken from above, or even the meatballs below! I also plan to make several of these quinoa pizza bites.
We love this turkey taco quinoa skillet, too.
Again, like pasta, these are just the easiest and tastiest thing to reheat. I could throw them on a salad, over pasta (that cooks in like 8 minutes), over quinoa, or just eat them as is!
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I haven’t forgotten about breakfast foods! Aside from egg muffins (the best, most portable snack ever), I’ve also made quite a few batches of waffles to freeze, like these Banana oat waffles.
I love having waffles/pancakes ready to just reheat when needed, so that is my plan.
What are some of your favorite recipes to make in bulk?