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21 Freezer Meals for Postpartum (+ a printable list for your fridge)

Making freezer meals for postpartum is one of the best things you can do while pregnant. And I’ve made it simple for you. In this blog post, I go over how many freezer meals to make and tips to make using them easier. Plus, I share the exact meals I made for my family before having my first baby.

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Prepping meals and other food before your baby is born is a must. While you might have neighbors bring meals for a few days, you’re going to need more. You’ll want several weeks’ worth of food on hand.

If you are planning on waiting for labor to start spontaneously, you’ll have a period of a few weeks when your baby could arrive. That means your freezer is going to be your best friend.

One of the best ways to prepare for postpartum is to make freezer meals ahead of time, while you’re still pregnant. A few weeks before my due date with my first daughter, my husband and I spent several hours one Saturday making freezer meals.

How Many Freezer Meals Do I Need for Postpartum?

You’re probably wondering how many freezer meals you actually need to prep to be ready for postpartum. Well, it depends.

The biggest factor is going to be how big your family is and who else will be there. Is this your first baby, meaning it will just be you and your husband? Do you have older kids? Will your mom be staying with you for several days?

Once you know how many people you’ll be feeding in those first few weeks postpartum, you can figure out how many freezer meals to make.

Before our first daughter was born, my husband and I made 11 meals. Some were dinners, some were breakfasts. Those meals, plus other frozen foods, dry foods, and things we had in the fridge, lasted us about 6 weeks.

Keep in mind, the meals we chose made several servings, so we ate lots of leftovers.

If this is your first baby, 11 meals will probably be enough. If you will have someone staying with you for a while or if you have a few older kids, I’d make 18. If you have a bigger family, you might want more.

But while older kids eat more, they can also help more. They may be able to make dinner while you are taking care of the newborn.

Of course, how many meals you need will also depend on how many servings each meal makes, how much each person eats per meal, how many times neighbors bring you dinner, and how much other food you have in the house.

Eighteen is just a good estimate.

Three Tips to Streamline Your Freezer Meal Prep

Having meals is going to be a huge help to you and your family postpartum. Three tips can make it even better.

First, freeze your meals flat. After assembling all your ingredients into bags, lay them flat (use a cookie sheet if you need to) before freezing. This will save you loads of space in your freezer, rather than having lumpy bags of food standing up.

Second, make a list of the meals you made to hang on your fridge. As you make your meals, add each one to a list. Write down the name of the meal, how to cook it, and how long to cook it. Having this quick reference sheet will make choosing meals and having them ready by dinner time so much easier.

Third, buy add-in ingredients ahead of time. Some freezer meals are best served with other ingredients, like tortillas, rice, and fresh veggies. Some ingredients, like noodles, potatoes, and dairy products, don’t do very well after being frozen.

Make a list of both kinds of day-of ingredients as you prep your meals. Then either buy them in advance or ask a family member or friend to run to the store for you after your baby is born.

21 Freezer Meals to Prep for Postpartum

I’m all about simple. So when I was prepping meals for postpartum, I didn’t want to have to buy crazy ingredients or do too much work to get them ready. The 11 I chose to make were relatively easy to assemble and were the type of meals we eat regularly.

In this list, I share the exact 11 recipes I used when I was preparing for my first daughter’s arrival. I also added 10 more for variety and different preferences.

Most of these meals have meat, dairy, and gluten in them so they aren’t tailored to any specific diet, though some can easily be modified to fit dietary needs.

Some of these recipes require a bit of prep work the day you eat it, like cooking noodles or potatoes. Any day-of work will only take a few minutes, but you can choose to leave those recipes off your list if you prefer.

Now, with all that out of the way, let’s get to it.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Photo from Happy Money Saver

I got this recipe from Happy Money Saver. She has a ton of good freezer meal ideas. This one is great because there’s no cooking required before freezing. You just toss everything in one bag and it’s ready to go.

This chicken can be eaten as homemade burrito bowls (with rice and extra toppings) or as tacos or nachos.

We’ll definitely be making this one next time around.

Turkey Chili

two freezer meals

This one is also a goodie from Happy Money Saver. My husband and I prefer ground turkey to ground beef, so we liked this variation on normal chili. 

Karrie (the creator) doesn’t cook the meat before freezing it, but we decided to. I guess I’m a little paranoid about raw meat. *shrug*

Either way, it’s a quick one that you’ll love.

Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki

Photo from Happy Money Saver

Again from Happy Money Saver (thanks Karrie), Beef and Broccoli was another fave for me postpartum. You can buy pre-sliced beef to make prep even easier. 

This is one that you’ll probably want rice for, so make a note on your refrigerator list to put the rice in the Instant Pot a little while before dinner time.

Pesto Tortellini Bake

pesto tortellini bake freezer meal for postpartum
Photo from Happy Money Saver

This unique casserole (from Happy Money Saver) is a goodie. I liked that it was different from the other meals we had. The change of flavor was nice. Plus the leftovers lasted us a long time.

Ravioli Lasagna

Photo from Happy Money Saver

Lasagna is a pretty typical freezer meal, but I liked the ravioli in this one instead of normal lasagna noodles. 

We used half cheese ravioli and half meat. Also, you don’t need to buy fat-free ricotta. Fat-free is actually often worse for you than low-fat. (Learn why.)

I have a distinct memory of sitting in my nursing chair breastfeeding my daughter while my husband cut up this lasagna and fed it to me.

Breakfast Burritos

breakfast burritos as a freezer meal for postpartum

Breastfast Burritos were a go-to of my husband’s while he was in college, so this was his idea. They were great.

You can choose what to put in. You could just do eggs and sausage and hashbrowns. Or you could add in some sauteed veggies and onions.

These do take a bit more prep work, but it was worth it for us. 

You’ll want to cook the sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, and veggies before filling the burritos. That way it’s just a quick minute or two in the microwave and you’ve got a fresh, ready-to-eat burrito. 

These cook best if you flip them halfway through cooking. So put two in the microwave for a minute, flip each one over, and cook for one more minute.

PRO TIP: Wrap each burrito in a paper towel before freezing. When you’re ready to eat one, keep it in the paper towel while cooking to absorb extra moisture. Then, if you have an air fryer, throw it in for a few minutes after the microwave to get it crispy.

Chicken Noodle Soup

two prepped freezer meals

Chicken Noodle Soup is basic but it’s good. The prep is simple: just throw all the ingredients – except noodles – in a bag. You’ll add the noodles during the last 10 minutes of cooking the day you eat it.

Chicken Fajitas

Photo from The Modern Proper

Fajitas are one of my favorite meals, so we had to include them in our freezer meals for postpartum. Slicing the chicken and the peppers is pretty much all you have to do. 

When you’re ready to eat your fajitas, you can either throw them in a frying pan or bake them in the oven. Make sure you’ve got your tortillas and toppings ready!

White Chili

We love white chili in our house. The recipe I used is from a family friend.

(We actually had this chili at our wedding reception. I guess we unintentionally made it a meal for special occasions.)

Chili is one of those things that’s easy to make in big batches, so we made White Chili several months before our daughter was born and froze half of it.

PRO TIP: Don’t put the sour cream or half and half in until after you’ve separated the half you’re going to freeze. Your soup will taste much better if you freeze it without dairy then add it in right before eating.

White Chili Recipe

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 cans green chilis
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cans northern beans, drained
  • 2 cans corn, drained
  • 2 cans white hominy, drained
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • ½ Tbsp thyme
  • 2 ½ cups sour cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • Sage
  • Hint of cumin
  1. Sauté onion and garlic in a bit of oil.
  2. Add chilis and chicken (if using).
  3. Add broth, beans, corn, hominy, oregano, and thyme.
  4. Simmer 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and add sour cream and half and half. Salt and pepper to taste.

Taco Soup

Photo from Happy Money Saver

Taco soup was a classic in my home growing up. I don’t know where my mom got our recipe but it was a good one. The recipe below is from Happy Money Saver and it’s pretty similar to the one I made.

You can use meat or leave it out for vegetarian.

Muffins

Photo from King Arthur Baking

I made two kinds of muffins and froze them. They made for a super easy breakfast or snack. Just pop ‘em in the microwave for a few seconds and you’ve got a delicious hot treat.

I made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins. 

The banana recipe is from a friend (written out below). The blueberry muffins are from King Arthur Baking.

Banana Muffins Recipe

  • 1 ½ cups mashed banana (about 3)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 cups flour (I use whole wheat)
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash banana.
  3. Mix in butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla, and sour cream/yogurt and mix until well combined.
  5. In a different bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined.
  7. Mix in chocolate chips, if using.
  8. Bake 22-25 minutes.
  9. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove to cooling rack then store in an airtight container with paper towels.

Honey Sesame Chicken Wraps

Photo from Happy Money Saver

These chicken wraps are nice because they can easily be made gluten free. Instead of using tortillas, make it a lettuce wrap.

Meatloaf

Photo from Taste of Home

If you’re a fan of meatloaf, you can make a meatloaf now and eat it later! Just cook it like usual then freeze. When you’re ready to eat it, put it in the oven until heated through. If you want potatoes on the side, make sure to throw those in the Instant Pot when you turn on the oven.

If you want a fun variation on normal meatloaf, try this Sweet and Sour Meatloaf from Taste of Home.

Steakhouse Soup

Photo from Taste of Home

Soup and steak combined? Sure! Just like with chicken noodle soup, you can throw all the ingredients into one bag then cook it in the crockpot later. As a reminder, potatoes aren’t great after they’ve been frozen, so for best results, cook your potatoes the day of.

Even better, have a visitor make the potatoes for you! Family members and friends will be happy to help however they can. So if someone asks how they can help, ask them to prep your potatoes!

Penne and Smoked Sausage

Photo from Taste of Home

This is a fun twist on a basic pasta and meat casserole. Get it all layered up in your pan then freeze instead of cooking. Just pull it out and put it in the oven when you’re ready.

Southwestern Casserole

This Southwestern Casserole has a freezer meal built in! The recipe makes two, so cook one casserole for dinner the day you make it and freeze the other. 

Sausage and Kale Lentil Stew

Photo from Taste of Home

Sausage, kale, and lentils may sound like a weird combination but it’s actually great. This unique soup will keep you warm and get you your greens for the day.

Chicken and Swiss Stuffing

Photo from Taste of Home

If you’re like me, you only eat stuffing once a year: on Thanksgiving. But why not eat it more often? This recipe puts a yummy twist on it, adding chicken, broccoli, and swiss cheese.

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Photo from Taste of Home

I had to include enchiladas on the list. They’re classic! These are extra creamy and pack a little punch with the buffalo sauce. The best part is you don’t have to cook anything ahead of time. Just throw it all together and freeze it like a casserole.

Waffles

Photo from King Arthur Baking

I didn’t make waffles before my first birth, but I think it’s a fantastic idea. Instead of buying those little ones from the store, make better ones at home and freeze your own. Then just toast them and they’re ready to go!

My favorite waffle recipe is from King Arthur Baking but I swap the egg out for a banana. It makes the waffles extra crunchy. 

Stir Fry

Photo from Happy Money Saver

Last but not least, stir fry is a great freezer meal. Most of the work is chopping and blanching the veggies before freezing. But it’s a great option for a meal that’s mostly veggies, if you want a break from the meat.

Ready, Set, Prep

Now you’ve got a list of 21 awesome freezer meals to make for postpartum. You might want to take two Saturdays to knock them all out, so you don’t wear yourself out.

As you probably noticed, you’ll want an Instant Pot or Crockpot to cook some of these meals. Instant Pots are about $100 but they are so worth it. (I’ll never go back to cooking rice in a normal pot!)

If you’re overwhelmed thinking about making these freezer meals, make a party out of it! Have some girl friends over and do it together. 

However you do it, you’ll be grateful you did.

And if you want some more tips on preparing for postpartum, don’t forget to check out How to Prepare for Postpartum: The Ultimate Guide.

Until next time,

Allison

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