If you have access to a freezer, these meals are going to be your best friend in the early postpartum days with a new baby. You’ve got enough going on between recovering from childbirth and attending to the 24/7 demands of your little one. The last thing you need to worry about is cooking. Registered dietitian Lindsey Janeiro of Nutrition to Fit shares some of her favorite protein-packed freezer meal recipes. Try preparing some of these as you get close to your due date so you have healthy, home-cooked food ready to eat in those early days with your newborn when the thought of cooking seems pretty much impossible!
Tuna Burgers with Smashed Avocado and Tomato: this is a recipe from the book Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Delivery by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD. She also shows how you can package, freeze, and then reheat for a fast lunch.
Freezer Fajita Chicken: This chicken recipe from Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLC of Nutrition to Fit is easy to make and freeze for future meals. Whenever you’re craving fajitas, a burrito bowl, tacos, or just want an easy protein for your salad, reheat and you’ve got dinner ready super quick!
Freezer to Slow Cooker Lentil Stew: Who says vegetarian meals are lacking in protein? This lentil stew from Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLC of Nutrition to Fit is so hearty and comforting, you may not even realize it’s vegetarian!
Freezer-Ready Meatloaf: Have toddlers, too? This meatloaf from The Baby Steps Dietitian Diana K. Rice, RD is totally toddler-approved, and contains two slices of whole grain bread per serving! It’s easy to prep and incredibly freezer-friendly.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs: Registered dietitian Lindsay Livingston of The Lean Green Bean says these delicious honey garlic chicken thighs can be prepped into a freezer meal by freezing all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Thaw overnight, then place in your slow cooker in the morning.
Oven Roasted Pork Shoulder: This would be a great recipe to make before baby arrives and then freeze a bunch of leftovers in individual portions. That way you can just grab a portioned bag from the freezer and you can easily add it to a sandwich, wrap, soup, taco, or salad for easy protein in a pinch! Check out the recipe from Erica Julson, RDN of Erica Julson Nutrition.
Finally, if you’re a fan of chicken you’ve got to check out this roundup of 20 Freezer-Friendly Chicken Recipes That Every Household Needs from Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RD, CLT of Shaw’s Simple Swaps! Between those recipes and the ones listed here, you’ll have some serious inspiration to stock your freezer with some protein-packed meals for all those busy mom days ahead!
Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLC founded and operates Nutrition to Fit, where she eliminates the stress surrounding cooking and healthy eating and instead makes it easy, fun, vibrant, and enjoyable for the whole family! For help with breastfeeding, nutrition, or meal planning services contact Lindsey through her website for more fun and deliciously simple recipes.