***BABY CONNOR PHILIP DAHMS arrived April 15th, 2018! I wrote this post a few weeks before giving birth and didn’t get around to posting it. Here it is!***

Freezer Meals | Busy Girl Healthy World

I have been promising this post for the last few weeks, but it has taken me forever to actually sit down and write it. I have been completely SWAMPED lately with work and school because I’m trying to do as much as a can before going on maternity leave in a few short weeks (or really any day). I’m finally starting to feel more prepared, which is a great feeling!

I knew I wanted to have some freezer meals on hand for after the baby arrives. It will just make my life and Kevin’s life a little easier to know we have food to eat if neither of us is feeling up to cooking. I also don’t want to rely TOO heavily on take-out because I like to eat healthy meals most of the time. So, I came up with a few meals and snacks I wanted to have in the freezer to help get us through those first few weeks with a newborn. Here is what I made:

  1. Lentil Pasta Bake
  2. Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas
  3. Southwest Black Bean Burgers
  4. Enchilada Sweet Potatoes
  5. Brown Rice + Lentil Stuffed Peppers (adapted from this recipe)
  6. Heathier Banana Oat Muffins (GF and Vegan)
  7. Gluten-Free Coconut Blueberry Muffins
  8. Vegan Tofu Breakfast Burritos
  9. Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Burritos (for Kevin)
  10. 3 Chicken Breasts in Marinades (for Kevin)

Freezer Meals | Busy Girl Healthy World

For the pasta bake, enchiladas, black bean burgers, and stuffed peppers, I whipped up double batches and we ate one fresh and froze the other. The Lentil Pasta Bake I did not use a recipe. I just cooked a package of Trader Joe’s lentil pasta and layered it with a ricotta/mozzarella mixture and store-bought sauce. So easy. The Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Peppers recipe I kind of just adapted on the fly using my Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers recipe as a guide. HOWEVER, you can see I have a lot of black bean meals on that list so I wanted to use something other than those for my protein in the peppers. The black bean burgers usually make a decent amount. We ate 4 of them fresh and I was able to freeze six for later.

Freezer Meals | Busy Girl Healthy World

The Enchilada Sweet Potatoes make a great meal for me with a side salad and a good side dish for Kevin with a chicken breast.  Both types of breakfast burritos are pretty hefty and will make a good breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. I ended up making 3 of each using the recipes listed as a guide, but I adapted to our own tastes and quantities needed. For the vegan burritos, I made a tofu scramble with tofu, bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, and spinach (along with spices- turmeric, garlic powder, salt, pepper, mustard, cumin) and wrapped them in a whole wheat wrap. For Kevin’s burritos, I scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, cheddar cheese, and the same veggies that were in my burrito and wrapped in a wheat wrap.

Freezer Meals | Busy Girl Healthy World

Both muffins freeze great and make a nice snack or sweet treat. I made a full batch of each type of muffin and froze half (6 of each flavor). I individually wrapped them in plastic wrap and them put them into a larger freezer bag. To thaw them out, just remove all of the wrapping and microwave for a few seconds until soft and warm.

Freezer Meals | Busy Girl Healthy World

Hope this is helpful for any new mamas out there or really just anyone who is busy and could benefit from making freezer meals!

Written by Christina

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