I never truly understood just how time consuming a newborn baby was until I had one, well two to be exact. I have no idea where the time went but most days I didn’t have time to think about eating let alone going into the kitchen and actually cooking something.
So if you have a friend who is just about to welcome a new member into the family why not help her out by stocking up her freezer with healthy homemade meals she can just defrost and stick in the oven.
Here’s 14 fabulous make ahead freezer meals for new moms your friend and her family will love!
Make Ahead Freezer Meals for New Moms
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“As you may recall last week one of my sister-in-laws and I spent a day preparing meals for the freezer. This was a hot topic at a recent mom of preschoolers event that I spoke at and I promised the ladies in attendance that I would do some leg work for them to make freezer meal planning easy. I did freezer meals years ago, but I attended a group where someone else did all of the planning, shopping and organizing and I just showed up to help assemble.” – Crystal and Comp
“A freezer meal that’s quick and always a hit with the family. One of the things I like the most about a Homemade Shepherd’s Pie, besides the flavor and heartiness of the dish is that you can use whatever you have on hand; leftover mashed potatoes, frozen or canned vegetables, ground turkey or chicken in place of ground beef, and any flavor shredded cheese you have. While your flavors may vary you still end up with a filling and delicious meal. It is perfect for creating a double batch for dinner, and one to freeze for another day. Ideal for dropping of to a sick neighbor, newlyweds, a mom with a new baby, or for bringing to a potluck. I like it best with a gravy so I have include my recipe for creating a simple pan gravy.” – Wheel n Deal Mama
“It’s so nice to have grab and go meals in the freezer in case you need them! These burritos are super easy to whip up if you have the ingredients on hand and you can always customize to your tastes. It only took me about 10 minutes to put together 12 of these for my hubby to take to work.” – Little House Living
“A great meal for Italian Night at your house, this Chicken Parmesan freezer meal is easy to prepare. Easy enough to make 3 or 4 at time to stock your freezer for those busy times when you cant whip a home cooked meal.” – Wheel n Deal Mama
“Here’s how to freeze pancakes for a fast, hot, and inexpensive breakfast any day of the week.” – Home Cooking Memories
“This Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage has become my go-to meal for families with new babies. It’s mild enough that it suits most taste buds, it’s nutritious enough for those who are health-conscious (while still being hearty enough for a hungry, breastfeeding mama!), and I can easily take out the chicken sausage for vegetarian families.” – Pick Any Two
” This cheeseburger tater tot casserole is soooooo easy to make and is a great comfort food recipe (especially during the cold winter months)! It was a bit hit with the kids at our house! Big Brother’s favorite food is cheeseburgers and Little Brother one loves tater tots, so this was a great dish! Mr. Mom Endeavors was quite thrilled with it too!” – Mom Endeavors
“Stuffed Shells is one of my favorite go to meals because its easy, inexpensive, filling, freezes well, and is just plain delicious! Everyone in my house loves this for dinner, add a salad and garlic toast and its a perfect weeknight or Sunday supper feast! It may seem like a lot of ingredients but I promise you this is easy as can be to make.” – A Mom’s Take
“My homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe is by far one of the kids’ favorite meals. They come back for seconds and thirds every time. Casseroles can be made ahead and then frozen for future use so it was the perfect choice to prepare meals ahead for sickness.” – Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom
“Stuffed Shells is one of my favorite go to meals because its easy, inexpensive, filling, freezes well, and is just plain delicious! Everyone in my house loves this for dinner, add a salad and garlic toast and its a perfect weeknight or Sunday supper feast! It may seem like a lot of ingredients but I promise you this is easy as can be to make.” – Peas and Crayons
“Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches have stolen my heart 🙂 I have fallen in love with this stupendous meal! I could not get over how tasty and good this was. The best thing is all you need is 2 ingredients! Yes only two ingredients to put in the crockpot which is a chuck roast and cans of beef consomme. I made this meal ahead of time as a Freezer Cooking Meal and when I was ready to have it on my menu I just pulled it out of the freezer the night before and thawed it in the fridge.” – Stockpiling Moms
“This crock pot soup is one of my favourite freezer meal recipes. It has healthy ingredients and the flavour is one that will have you craving more. In a busy family like ours, having delicious meals that can go from the freezer to the crock pot saves a lot of time and money. When I make this recipe, I made two or four at a time and then freeze. I love having these on hand!” – The Chaos and the Clutter
“This meal is easy to make and great to freeze. Even if I don’t have a lot of time, I can make a double batch of these and I’ll have one meal for my family and one to share.” – True Aim Education
~Clare, currently pinning to Kid Friendly Recipes