Preparing for Motherhood: Stocking the Freezer


Once a month I spend a few hours in the kitchen and prepare foods to put in my freezer which make dinner, lunch and breakfasts easier! It is wonderful going to the freezer and pulling out a dinner on a night that I just don’t feel like cooking or when we’ve been away all day! Having meals in the freezer has saved me a lot of money!

Now that we’re anticipating the arrival of our son in 7 weeks, I’ve been focusing on building up a nice stash of meals for those exhausting evenings when I don’t want to cook! Having a freezer full of meals will allow me to focus more time on adjusting to being a new mommy and still eat good home cooked meals which are much healthier and less expensive than picking meals up!

Last month, I began my freezer stash for after the baby comes. Today was another baking day. I spent 4 hours in the kitchen (with several breaks to prevent tiredness!) After those 4 hours I had prepared 7 meals and 2 individual portions for my husband to take to work!

  • Meatloaf x2 (All I need to do is mix up Sweet & Sour Sauce, heat and it’s ready to eat!)
  • Lasagna x2
  • Pizza Pockets (2-4 packs, 1-3 pack, 2-2 packs) (The 2 packs are perfect for my husband’s lunches!)


My post-baby dinner freezer stash now contains:


1- Sausage Pizza

3- 4 packs Pizza Pockets

1-3 pack Pizza Pockets

3- 10 packs Italian Meatballs

2- Lasagnas

2- Meatloaves

That’s 12 nights that we don’t have to worry about dinner. We’ll just pull something out, let it thaw, add a side and dinner will be ready!! I plan to have another freezer cooking day in a few weeks to add to these meals.


Here are some other easy freezer recipes to help build your stash of meals:

Brown Bag Burritos

Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists

Chicken Taco Bake

Cinnamon Rolls

Country Ham & Cheese Biscuits

Mexican Lasagna

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


More information about freezing foods:

Freezer Tips from Phoebe at Getting Freedom

Maximize Your Freezer’s Potential and Minimize Freezer Burn from Amy at The Finer Things in Life


Preparing for Motherhood Posts:


Packing Your Hospital Bag



11 Replies to “Preparing for Motherhood: Stocking the Freezer”

  1. Love this concept and it’s something I’ve done at times, myself. Although, our menu would be much different, we wouldn’t be able to incorporate that much spicy food into our diet on a regular basis LOL Blessings to you and yours.

  2. All of your meals look great! You worked hard today! I am also preparing for motherhood… just a few months behind you. We’re expecting our first baby in August… and from what I can tell from your blog, our families have a lot in common! Blessings to you as you prepare for this new season. Aliesha

  3. This is going to be sooooo nice after Paxton is born! We did the same thing and then a bunch of my girlfriends brought me frozen meals as well! It was also perfect for feeding all the family we had in town right after my son was born.

    This is definitely one of the best things you can do to “prepare” for Paxton’s arrival!

    1. I know my efforts will pay off in April & May when I just don’t feel like cooking! (Plus we can spend more time snuggling with our newborn instead of worrying about what to eat!)

      How awesome your friends brought you frozen meals…a wonderful baby gift! I’ve heard of “Freezer Showers” where everybody brings a frozen meal…I think that would be really neat!!

  4. Hey, Rachel! I was wondering if you have that chicken pot pie recipe that uses premade deep-dish pie shells? It freezes wonderfully in a gal-sized zip-lock bag. The recipe makes 3 pies, so I used to eat one and freeze the other two (until my boys got so big.. now we eat two and freeze one, lol). Let me know if you need the recipe. Lots of healthful veggies!!

    1. First, I want to say that the potato soup can be expensive, so most of the time I use canned potatoes and cream of celery soup. I also add about 1/2 cup milk and last time I added an extra can of vegetables. The more additions, the more pie shells you’ll need to hold it all. Also, you can always used leftover chicken from a roasted chicken or leftover baked chicken thighs. The seasoning of the leftover chicken puts a nice twist on the chicken pot pie flavor. Hope y’all enjoy it! 🙂

      Chicken Pot Pie
      3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
      1 can mixed vegetables – drained
      1 can cream of potato soup
      1 can cream of chicken soup
      salt & pepper to taste
      4 frozen deep-dish pie shells (or 6 regular pie shells)

      Boil chicken in pot of salted water for about one hour. Cool, cut into cubes. Mix together soups, vegetables & chicken. Salt & pepper to taste. Pour into 2 pie shells. Place remaining 2 pie shells on top. Bake in 375 degree oven for 45 min. Remove pie tins for the last 5 min to let pot pie brown on top. Serve with salad and crackers.

  5. Oh my goodness. Thank you for the recipes and links. I think I may be having a freezer baking day this weekend as well. I’m getting so hungry looking at all of these great recipes. 🙂

    Thank you!

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