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Meal Prep For Baby

Hi guys, thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have a reader survey at the end of this post that I’m hoping you will help me with.

With a new baby coming, I’d really love to know what you guys really want to see on Bucket List Tummy as I continue to evolve. While I have ideas, I want to make sure they are catered to what you guys enjoy.

But, before we get to the survey, I wanted to share a little recap with you of some of the things I’ve started to prepare and freeze before the baby comes.

Meal Prep Ideas for Baby

I have been motivated to make freezer meals during pregnancy because I know just how helpful they will become.

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.

Simple is my jam.

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.

Crockpot salsa chicken

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.

tuna casserole

I forgot to take a picture of its entirety, sorry 🙁

3. Lasagna

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.

4. Snack Bars

I’m a huge snacker so I know I NEED to have some snacks on hand. I’ve made a few rounds of energy bites to freeze, but I also wanted bars of some sort.

TBH, I probably wouldn’t make a ton of these bars because there were some weird ingredients I didn’t have (like arrowroot), but they are tasty! I used this recipe.

Meal Prep I've Done for Baby

Speaking of snack bars, 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.

Meal Prep I've Done for Baby, Turkey meatballs

5. Lemon Quinoa

We have plenty of lemon herb cheesy quinoa on hand right now since I literally made bunches of it. Did you know you can freeze quinoa?

You certainly can! I may pair this with the salsa chicken from above, or even the meatballs below!

Lemon and Herb Cheesy Quinoa || Easy Dinner || Quinoa

6. Meatballs

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!

I made a few batches of these, using this recipe. And they are waiting for me in the freezer!

Meal Prep I've Done for Baby, Turkey meatballs

7. Waffles

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 Triple Berry Lactation Waffles.

I love having waffles/pancakes ready to just reheat when needed, so that is my plan.

Triple Berry Lactation Waffles | galactogogues | Breastmilk recipes


What are some of your favorite recipes to make in bulk?

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  1. Mary is an amazing cook. I still make her salsa recipe and breakfast casserole from time to time. I love the idea of crockpot chicken and salsa, think I will try it. I make something similar with chicken breasts, Rotel, black beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce, taco seasonings, and onion. I like a little kick, so use green chilies, and Rotel with habaneros. Your baby girl might not like that in her milk though!

  2. Lasagna is one of the BEST things to freeze! I honestly think it tastes almost just as good reheated from the freezer as it does fresh! I freeze a ton of food as a college gal and pasta, soup/stew/chili, and black beans and rice are some of my favorite leftovers to freeze!

  3. So much food prep. Great job! We’re going to buy a chest freezer soon and I’m going to start prepping for baby as soon as that is home!

  4. I’m reading this with my mouth open! How organized are you? I don’t think I had it in me to meal prep before my babies arrived! We lived on take out for a couple of weeks.

    And yes to lasagna!

    1. I really tried to get a handle on food since everyone told me to prep ahead. We’ll see how it works out! I’m sure there will still be plenty of take out 🙂

  5. Looks like you are getting yourself well prepped! Very, very smart. I couldn’t imagine having to cook in those first few weeks. Just getting myself to the freezer would be a success!

    I love to prep big batches of soups and stews. I never seem to get sick of them even if I eat the leftovers all week.

  6. Smart to be prepared. When my mom had my younger brother and sister, being part of a community church was helpful for us. People brought meals every day so we never had a problem.
    Now that I look back, that’s nice, but is there some reason my dad or your husband cannot cook meals? Or even order out?

    1. haha I am assuming my husband will also be sleep deprived, but I will definitely be sending him out to the grocery store or for take out! And if he’s up for it, maybe he will cook 🙂