I've always looked forward to stocking our freezer before baby comes. Jarrod and I don't mind leftovers and the idea of having delicious, home-cooked food ready to go is always appealing to me! As we began thinking about what we wanted to have in our freezer, I knew that I'd want some comfortable staples, but I also wanted to shake things up a bit. Jarrod and I spent the second trimester experimenting with new meals and perfecting recipes so that we would have delicious and well-tested food in our freezer.
Here's my current plan:
Two loaves of whole wheat sandwich bread
Green Bean Casserole
Baked Chicken and Brown Rice Bake
Turkey and Bean Chili
Cream of ______ Soup
Eggplant Lasagna (with noodles)
I don't really want to freeze a meal that we haven't tried yet, so we're adding new recipes to our menu plan all the time! We tried several new ones in September and October that made the cut for this list. I've got my eye on some new recipes to test out in November as well. I'm thinking we'll test:
We're pretty organized around our house so I figure we'll probably have a rough plan of when we'll eat what so we know about how long these meals will last us. I'd love to have them last until I start work again in March, but we'll see if our freezer can accommodate that! I'm hoping to set aside at least one full weekend in December to make, bake, assemble, and freeze everything. We'll buy aluminum casserole dishes so we can recycle them when we're done. I can write on the top what it is and how it needs to be cooked in sharpee, which I figure will be helpful as well.
Okay, mamas, what are your suggestions on how much food to freeze?