What’s for dinner?

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written. You can almost guarantee that most of the time when there’s a LONG lag in posts, it’s not because I don’t have anything to write about, it’s because I either have a lot to write about with even more things planned or I have something really important that I want to write about that I just haven’t found the time or the words to express. In this case, it’s both… so let’s see what I’ve got for you today!

FREEZER MEALS!

My big project for this weekend was to make a handful of freezer meals to have on hand once Kane arrives. Pinterest seems to think this is a must-do and there are a ton of recipes out there, so find what you like.

  • Here are the meals I made: FreezerMeals
  • Here’s a few more I considered making, but didn’t: MoreFreezerMeals
  • Here’s even more from a site my sis-in-law sent me: http://newleafwellness.biz/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Pre-Baby-Freezer-Meals-grocery-list.pdf

For the meals I made, I tried to make a few “healthy” substitutions – gluten-free pasta etc., so let’s cross our fingers and hope that they turn out OK!!!

Anyway, like I said, there are plenty of recipes out there, so instead of focusing on the “what” allow me to give you some tips for the “how.”

Getting what you need: Many major grocery stores these days offer some sort of “express lane” or option where you can place an order online or via an app and simply pick it up in a special drive-thru lane at the grocery store without stepping foot inside. If you are setting out to make a variety of freezer meals, I highly recommend this! I found it very easy to create my shopping cart online with the help of my recipes and it nearly ensures that you get everything you need.

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After picking up my groceries!

Unpacking: First, clear your counters! You’re likely picking up A LOT of food. Rather that drive yourself crazy trying to organize it all by recipe, I found it just as good to lay it all out by type of ingredient – all of the cheese together, all of the meats together, veggies over here, spices over there, etc. Once you get started, you’ll easily be able to find what you need.

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Everything is unpacked!

Cooking: Also, rather than cook one recipe at a time, I found that several recipes called for pre-cooked chicken. The first thing I did was grill all the chicken needed. I hoped that by grilling the chicken it would have a little added flavor thanks to the grill. Also, prior to grilling, I salted the chicken, let it sit, and patted it dry with a paper towel – A tip I’ve recently picked up on thanks to watching America’s Test Kitchen.

Get ready for a long day and take a break if needed: Two-thirds of the way through the meals, I found myself so wiped that I just HAD to take a break. I got myself to the point that the veggies for the remaining meals were chopped and prepped and then stepped away. I took a shower and a nap and accepted they help of my hubby when he got home from work to finish up the final three meals. Also, if you are making meals as part of baby prep, you might want to do it before you are 39 weeks along – I definitely had more engy 2 weeks ago than I do now!

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The freezer is full!

Okie doke, that’s all my tips! I’ll let you know how the meals turn out as we eat them!

Happy Cooking!

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