As I am writing this, my due date is only 4 days away! We are so excited to have another tiny baby in the home. I’m praying that this would be a smooth transition for us as we become a family of 6. I have tried to take advantage of what little time we have left before our new baby arrives. My main focus has been preparing meals ahead of time so that all we have to do is heat it up and eat.
You can read my previous post here: Freezer Meals Part 1
Breakfast seems to be the hardest meal for me to serve when a new baby joins us. My kids wake up and immediately want food. If I’m nursing the baby, my 18 month old doesn’t understand why I’m not feeding him yet, so it can be stressful. Thankfully my husband is home with me and I know he will be a big help during this time, but I still wanted to make things as easy as I could for him by prepping meals ahead of time.
For the kids breakfast, I made some more Trim Healthy Mama Mufflets (page 237 in THM cookbook) but this time I only added ham and cheese. My kids aren’t crazy about eating some cooked vegetables, like peppers. I put three in each small bag so that each child will have a muffin and they can be defrosted in the fridge the night before.
Most of the kids breakfasts will be served with yogurt and fruit.
Next, I made two batches of baked oatmeal. If you are looking for a simple, easy baked oatmeal recipe, then I recommend this one. For my family, I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. I also made a Trim Healthy Mama friendly version with Pyure.
Another breakfast staple in our home is smoothies. I froze spinach, yogurt, peaches, bananas, and strawberries in a bag. Simply empty the bag into the blender and add milk. We usually have cereal or toast with them.
Since I made the family muffins in my first batch of freezer meals, I knew that I wanted to make some Trim Healthy Mama muffins for myself. That way I wouldn’t be tempted to grab one of theirs. I have yet to find a THM muffin recipe that I really like, so I use this recipe for a cream cheese pound cake and make them into muffins. I usually add chocolate chips or blueberries and they are delicious!
For a quick lunch, I grilled some chicken and froze in individual portions. I can thaw this the night before and add them to salads or pita bread.
Next, I wanted to focus on snack time. My kids have two snacks a day. One at 10:00 in the morning and one after their nap around 4:00. My kids are too small to tell time but they do know when it’s 10 and 4. (My kids love food haha!) I created a snack bin for the girls and another for Owen. I also made one for the fridge.
I put everything that wasn’t already pre-packaged into individual portions. This way the girls can each pick out what they would like. We buy most of our snack foods at Big Lots because they have the best deals in our area.
I prepped some peanut butter oatmeal balls that are currently in the freezer but can be thawed and stored in the fridge for snacks. I added raisins instead of chocolate chips.
Each time we go to the store, I try to wash and cut all veggies and fruits right away. This way it will make meal time easier on whoever stays with the kids while we are in the hospital and for us when we return home.
I hope this post gives you some ideas on freezer meals and meal prepping for your busy family!