Meal Planning Monday – Freezer Cooking, a Real Life Application


This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

We talk quite a bit about freezer cooking here on the blog, and there’s a very good reason for that. Freezer cooking can save you a considerable amount of time, stress, and money when it comes to mealtime. So, instead of sharing my weekly meal plan, I want to share with you a real life application of how freezer cooking can be a lifesaver! When I found out I was pregnant for the third time, with my son Atticus, I immediately starting planning for the last month of my pregnancy. I know sounds a bit extreme, but with two other children and my husband, Derrick, working full time, it was a must for me. I started thinking about which day I wanted my C-section, what time, who would watch the kids that day, who would take my daughter to school…. You get the point – I was obsessed to say the least!

At the beginning of my last month of pregnancy, I started freezer cooking. By making an extra breakfast or dinner to freeze a few times a week, I was able to stock up plenty of freezer meals. My husband would still be working while I was in the hospital, so I needed something easy he could just reheat to feed himself and the girls. I planned out breakfast and dinner for the week I would be recovering from my C-section.

Here are some of the things I made:

Breakfast: Pancakes, Blueberry Muffins, Strawberry Muffins, Waffles, Omelets, and Baked Oatmeal.

Dinner: Lasagna, Taco Meat, Barbeque Chicken, Freezer Mashed Potatoes, Chili, and Pizza dough.

I highly recommend making at least two freezer dinners for your hospital homecoming. Not only will it make dinner a breeze, but you’ll get to spend more time with your precious newborn. Because the last thing you want to think about a day or two after giving birth is, “What’s for dinner?”

(Yes, that is my son, Atticus!  My friend, Amanda Troyer, took that precious picture just days after his birth.)