Friday, October 3, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Planning for Food

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


Food, it is a huge focus for me.  Perhaps it is because I like to cook, or maybe because I like to eat!  But, I am constantly looking for new recipes, and attempting to make healthy meals at home.

Food also is one of my biggest concerns after the new baby arrives.

Over the past several years I have moved away from processed foods, and cook just about everything from scratch.  Any mama that has a baby knows how daunting those first few weeks (months?) with a newborn are.  I know that having time to meal plan and grocery shop are not going to be things I will be able to do, or will want to do.  Also, making sure that I have bread made for the day is probably not going to be high on my priority list.

What is a budget conscious mama to do?  My plan is to make a lot of freezer meals. 

I have seen so many wonderful posts on other blogs about crock pot freezer meals; bulk cooking and then freezing the extra.  These sound like wonderful ideas.  The problem that I am running into is space.  Our freezer is pretty packed right now with frozen fruit and veggies from all of my preserving efforts this summer.  This doesn’t leave a lot of space for actual meals.

I typically make a lot of soups in the fall and winter, and we have already had some chilly days, so soup is back on the menu.  What is my normal way of freezing extra soup?  Glass Ball jars of course!  And that is not going to cut it.  I will be moving towards freezing in freezer bags, and hoping that I can find enough space to lay it flat to freeze, and then stack them in a more organized fashion.

Soup, however, will not be enough to sustain my growing brood (especially my perpetually hungry husband).  I am going to make sure to have a lot of “pot pie” filling ready, and also hope to make some of those crock pot freezer meals that I have seen.

I have decided to take a step back from everything homemade.  While I would love to continue everything homemade as far as food goes, I am realizing that I will have to give myself some grace in this area.  

It is hard when you have made so many changes to your diet to realize you may need to fall back on some foods that you would not typically eat.  Hopefully, knowing all I know about food now, I can make the healthy choices that will actually help us continue to eat healthy. 

I’m glad that I have so many bags of frozen fruit and vegetables, but I am seriously re-thinking our time frame for getting a chest freezer!


How did you handle a small freezer when you were expecting a new little one?  Do you have any great freezer meal recipes you would like to share?  

2 comments:

  1. Freeze girl! Sounds like the best idea! Cut yourself some slack and have lots of easy things like peanut butter and bread on hand! Lasagna and pot pie also freeze well as you know. I think your advanced planning will help make things so much easier!

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  2. I like the idea of having pot pie filling in the freezer! I will have to do that to prep for my baby #3 (due in February)! I also like the crockpot meal ideas ... to have it in the freezer and just have to thaw and toss it in a crockpot. Sounds kind of heavenly when there's a new baby in the house! :)

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