Making freezer meals with a toddler in mind adds a completely new dimension to the entire process. I’m excited about actually making the meals, because Bonnie really enjoys “cooking,” which means making freezer meals will be a great way for the two of us to pass some time together if and when we hit a lull during the day, which happens far more often in the winter than throughout the spring and summer. But I’m a little intimidated at the idea of having meals on hand that she will actually eat. Until about a month ago, she’d eat practically anything. But she’s going through an incredibly picky phase right now, and it doesn’t seem to be easing up quickly. She has very strong preferences about what she will and will not eat. It’s frustrating, but we’re whittling away at it, slowly but surely. And then there’s the issue of how often she eats! When I made freezer meals for after she was born I only made dinners, and some easy breakfast options. But now I know I need to have healthy snacks and lunches at the ready as well. And many need to be portable, since Baby Girl is arriving at such a busy time in our lives. But that’s a topic for a whole other blog post. Thankfully my mom will be nearby and I know she will be willing to help out in a pinch, with meals or anything else that needs to be done.
Andrew prefers things like Greek yogurt with fruit, bananas with almond butter, or a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, so most of the freezer meal breakfasts are things I have in mind specifically for Bonnie. We will also have plenty of smoothie ingredients on hand, as usual.
Lunches and Snacks for Bonnie
- Paleo lemon almond snack cake
- Baked creamy chicken taquitos (with grain free tortillas)
- Homemade pizzas (using this Paleo pizza base recipe, or using Ezekiel bread English muffins as the base)
- Bean and cheese burritos, with GF tortillas (similar to this recipe)
- GF waffles topped with almond butter and real maple syrup
I will depend largely on dinner leftovers for use in lunches, but know that I need to have some backups for when that doesn’t happen, or for when Bonnie wasn’t crazy enough about the previous night’s dinner to be willing to eat it again for lunch.
As far as snacks are concerned, I will have the lemon almond snack cake, cheese sticks, fruits and veggies, popcorn as an extra-special treat, Greek yogurt, hardboiled eggs, Larabars, and maybe another homemade baked good.
- Crockpot BBQ chicken (some variation of this recipe)
- Crockpot salsa chicken ( serve with grain free tortillas, Greek yogurt, sliced avocado)
- Crockpot Mongolian beef (I’m using my sister’s recipe, which is similar to this one, with some small variations.)
- Paleo white chicken chili (cook fully before freezing)
- Southwest Chicken (this is similar to the salsa chicken, but what can I say? We know what we like!)
- Zucchini lasagna (I made this as a freezer meal for after Bonnie was born, and Andrew and I both loved it so much that I’ve made it many times since. It is so easy, and tastes so good!)
- Bun-less hamburgers (here is an easy recipe.)
- Crockpot green chili enchilada soup
The plan is to double most of these recipes so that I can share half with my sister, who’s baby is due less than 8 weeks after ours. She’s agreed to share some of hers with me as well, and I’m excited to see what she comes up with.
My goals for creating my list were:
- No (or extremely limited) beans, because my husband won’t touch them.
I’d love suggestions any of you have for some of your favorite freezer meals!
And if you’d like more freezer meals ideas, you can check out these posts from my first pregnancy: