Preparing some food in advance for those first few weeks post-delivery will help you focus on bonding with your baby and not slaving over a hot stove. Search online for make ahead meals; you can come up with your own menu, based on what you normally eat. Remember, frozen meals do get freezer burn if left in the freezer too long, so don’t prepare too early!
If you are breastfeeding you need extra calories. Make food that has a balance of protein, good fat and calcium.
- Make casseroles and freeze them- they combine a variety of ingredients for a well-balanced meal and they freeze well. Tin trays are a good option so you don’t have to use your regular baking dishes, as you may need those)
- Make a list of crockpot meals you can whip together – crock-pots are a mom’s best friend
- Make a little extra of what you eat (a month before baby comes) and freeze the rest – make two lasagnas and freeze one; make a larger roast than what you normally would, etc.
Don’t get overwhelmed and don’t take on too much at a time. The third trimester is taxing on your body.
Start with just one or two meals towards the end of your last trimester and gradually build your freezer meals each week.
Here’s a few of my favorite casseroles:
Scooter’s Spaghetti Casserole with French Fried Onions – super rich, try using 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Crock Pot Dishes:
Slow Cooker Tamale Pie (kind of like chili with a cornbread layer)