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Being a new mom is such an exciting (but also kind of daunting) journey. After nine months of making sure you and your little one in your tummy are healthy, you are now faced with a tiny human who requires constant feeding, diaper changes, and attention in the middle of the night. That said, it is worth all the time and energy, especially when you see your baby sleeping soundly in your arms. It fills your heart with so much love!
With all that time spent tending to your little one and all the other household chores, we’ve got to ask you – when was the last time you ate properly? And no, we don’t consider a granola bar and coffee a nutritious meal. Understandably, you’ve been working so hard to keep everything in order, to the point you forgot about yourself, which shouldn’t be the case.
That’s why it’s best to a few hours to meal prep and create nutritious dishes to freeze and reheat when it’s time to fuel your mind and body. Here are easy freezer meals made for new moms, which are easy on the wallet and don’t take too much time or energy.
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1. Crockpot Taco Soup
You don’t have to spend so much time cooking in the kitchen when your trusty Crockpot will do all the work. You will definitely enjoy the light spiciness of the soup, which you can balance out with sour cream and cheddar cheese.
It only takes 20 minutes to prepare this hearty taco soup made with a lot of colorful veggies and lean protein from the beef and pinto beans. As with other easy Crockpot recipes, it takes a few hours to cook this soup. It requires little to no effort on your part though, so while it cooks, you can go about your day and complete all your chores!
2. Instant Pot Chicken
Who knew you could prep and freeze an entire chicken to easily cook for later? Thanks to Instant Pot recipes, your effort in cooking chicken significantly reduces.
This delicious, tender, and juicy chicken recipe will be filled with flavor and will match a side of potatoes, rice, salad, or soup. If you have any leftovers or plan to use them as part of your meal plan to lessen cooking time throughout the week, you can freeze individual portions of chicken and microwave them later on.
3. Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Do you miss the times you could just head to the drive-thru of your favorite Mexican fast food joint? While you can still do that or deliver quickly, it’s best to make your own version of burritos to freeze and eat for future meals. It isn’t just a lower-calorie option, but it saves you a ton of money in the long run.
This breakfast burrito is loaded with beans, cheese, fluffy eggs, tomatoes, and tater tots. Start your morning with one of these and you’ll have enough energy to last you a few hours.
4. Freezer Smoothie Packs
Smoothies can be a very nutritious breakfast or meal replacement if you have no time to cook or scarf down food at times. You can easily get your fruits and veggies in, sipping your cup as you continue about your tasks for the day. All those nutrients will flow into your body, providing the energy and good health you badly need to care for your little one.
You can make the process of making smoothies an easier one by creating freezer smoothie packs. Place all your chosen ingredients in a sealed freezer bag and place it in the freezer until you’re thirsty for a smoothie. It will take literally a minute to blend and pour into your cup.
5. Asian Peanut Chicken
Healthy freezer meals can look this fancy without having to put too much work into them. This Asian Peanut Chicken recipe will look, smell, and taste divine. It’s as if you ordered your favorite takeout from a local Thai resto!
It’s a customizable and versatile recipe as you can make simple ingredient swaps to make it low-carb and vegan-friendly. Moreover, it’s possible to cook it using a slow cooker or Instant Pot. Either way, there’s no need to expend your energy in cooking when you can just prep the ingredients and freeze them to cook for later.
6. Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches
If you’re trying to maintain a healthy grocery list on a budget, this is a good recipe to start with, because you just need to buy boneless beef chuck roast and hamburger buns. The remaining ingredients are seasonings and BBQ sauce, which you likely have at home already.
Thanks to the handy dandy Crockpot again, you’ll have an extremely tender cut of beef you can easily shred using a fork. Serve with your chosen side dishes, and you’ve got an entire meal that you’ll want to feast on every day. Fortunately, you have the option to do that, since you can make a huge batch of these sandwiches to freeze and eat for the next few weeks.
7. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and rather than sticking with plain and boring oatmeal, enjoy your mornings with these whole wheat pumpkin pancakes.
These are healthy, vegan-friendly pancakes made of wheat flour and almond milk, only using one tablespoon of coconut sugar. You’ll get a lovely hint of the fall season thanks to the pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree, too!
You can have these pancakes for an entire month, which is how long they can last in the freezer. Make it a more wholesome breakfast by pairing your pancakes with bananas, chopped nuts, and sugar-free pancake syrup to elevate the flavors.
8. Chicken Spaghetti
It’s not every day we hear “chicken spaghetti,” but you’ll be shocked by how it makes a good (and tasty) protein for baked spaghetti. You also get a lot of vegetables in, which are masked by the cheesy goodness you can’t say no to.
The secret to this baked spaghetti’s creaminess is the canned condensed cream of chicken soup, which also adds to the savory chicken flavor that enhances the entire dish. It only takes an hour to make a huge pan that you can freeze, which would last you for at least a week.
9. Stuffed Tomatoes
Who knew you could enjoy whole tomatoes for lunch or dinner?
These stuffed tomatoes feature a slightly acidic taste that will immediately be followed by a slight crunch from bread crumbs, sharpness from the cheese, and savory flavors from the seasonings used. You also get earthy flavors from fresh herbs sprinkled on top! Freeze a couple of these for a quick meal or snack when you want something light!
10. Beef Stew
For new moms who want a large, steaming bowl of beef stew to end a busy day around the house, this recipe is worth trying.
With the help of your trusty slow cooker, you get tender beef and a lot of veggies seasoned perfectly to exude a rich flavor. It only takes 15 minutes to prep and another minute to pour the ingredients into the slow cooker. Once you’re done with all your errands, you’ve already got a steaming pot of beef stew ready for you to devour.
11. Chocolate Banana Muffins
Got a sweet tooth? We don’t blame you for enjoying sugary pastries, especially since they keep you up and running! But store-bought muffins are filled with sugar and calories. Not to mention, they’re quite pricey!
Stick with your budget by making homemade chocolate banana muffins to satisfy your cravings without using too much sugar. One muffin is only 233 calories so you won’t have to feel like pastries are such a guilty pleasure. Have these for breakfast or a quick snack while your little one is taking a nap!
12. Chicken and Cheese Taquitos
New moms need snacks throughout the day after running all over the house either doing errands or chasing after their children! This chicken and cheese taquito recipe is best made for moms who want something quick and easy to eat.
It takes less than half an hour to create an entire batch of taquitos to freeze and toast for future snacks or lunches. Mexican food cravings satisfied in a snap!
13. Shepherd’s Pie
If you didn’t know yet, it’s possible to freeze shepherd’s pie for later, they can last for a week or so! It’s a savory meat pie with mashed potato, having a hearty flavor that will leave you wanting seconds (or thirds).
Pro-tip: If you want a low-carb version, swap the potatoes and make cauliflower mash instead. You can still freeze it and get a similar texture after reheating!
14. Mini Meatloaves
Meatloaf is such a classic dinner, and it’s obvious why. It’s so easy to create and the entire family gets a satisfying meal on a budget. You can also add finely chopped vegetables to this appetizing recipe for everyone to get their nutrients in. Try using carrots to give your meatloaf more moisture and a hint of sweetness.
15. Easy Beef Fried Rice
This is an excellent healthy Chinese recipe if you’re on a tight budget but want to prep a filling freezer meal to last for a long time. Don’t worry, you won’t have to sacrifice taste to get an affordable and easy-to-do meal. It’s so simple yet fragrant and flavorful, just like what you would usually get from Chinese takeout.