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Meals I can Freeze

I am 39 weeks pregnant and my husband and I are on a very tight budget. I am due to give birth in 8 days and a lot of people suggest to buy frozen dinners for once the baby has arrived so that you don't have to worry about cooking. That's great, but frozen dinners are expensive. My husband and I have started to utilize the crockpot a little bit more now that we finally dug it out of the cupboard so I was wondering if you all had any recipes for the crockpot that I can freeze and heat up easily. I am willing to try anything. Thanks.

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the_nita
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Chili
Pasta sauce
pulled pork or chicken
soup

thoughtsbykat
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
I would recommend making stews, soups, chili that can be divided up & frozen.
morgan_lowri
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Meatloaf freezes well and can be defrosted/reheated int the crockpot. You can even pre-portion it out into meatloaf "muffins" by baking it in a cupcake tin.
leahree
Dec. 14th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Really - would you mind giving a few more details?
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reignofjade
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
All the ideas I have are already suggested. Good luck and congratulations!
myrrhmade
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Split Pea Soup and Potato Soup are excellent to make in the crock and freeze perfectly.
onlyariana
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
I would suggest chopping up a bunch of veggies and portioning them out into baggies or tupperware that you can then just throw into the crock pot in the morning with one hand (while you hold baby in the other). If you also use meat in these things (say a beef stew) you can chop and brown the meat now and freeze it in it's own bags or tupperware. You can also cook up and freeze rice to go into crockpot meals. You'd just need to put it in for the last 30 - 60 minutes since it only needs to warm not to cook.

Also to go with meals biscuits would be great. These can be made and flash frozen raw. They will thaw really fast and cook up quickly. Yeast rolls can be done the same way but they usually will need more thawing time.

Not crock pot related but I found cassarole dishes great when I was a new mom. If you line your dish with plastic and/or foil it can help you lift it out once it's frozen. Then you'd pull it out, unwrap it an put into the dish to bake when you're ready. The other option is to get a few of those foil pans. Then you can freeze more at once.

Try googling OAMC (Once a Month Cooking) for ideas of meals that freeze well.
lolaandbean
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
mooselover13
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
I've got a few more weeks of waiting than you, but I've got chili, beef vegetable soup, and bean/ham soup in the freezer already. I just cook extra every meal, and freeze half of it. You can freeze darned near anything you've got left over from a meal.

The important part is try to get as much air out of the package you store it in as possible, and make sure you mark what it is and when you put it in so you don't have any "surprise" dinners. :D
neptunia67
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
You could do a big pot of marinara, then make baked ziti and freeze it in casseroles. You wouldn't have to bake it in advance, just cook the pasta al dente, mix with pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, top with more mozz and maybe some parm, and pop it in the freezer. Cheap, easy and filling.

Congratulations, by the way!
willowsplace
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
My hubby and I use the crock for about 80% of our meals and we have a 9 month old. We have found that any recipe that doesn't have noodles/crust in the recipe freezes & reheats great. If the recipe does call for either ofthose items we make it without them and will cook some up when it comes time to eat.

Good luck with your new baby.
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tigrrgrr
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the OP but *I* would LOVE to have a recipe for lasagna soup! Never heard of it!
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as_crazy_does
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Most stew-ish things work pretty well. Be aware though, if you're planning to nurse the baby that the babe may be sensitive to some foods you eat (in my case, if I have more than a tiny bit of onion or garlic we run into trouble.)

Beyond that- congrats! I don't really do freezer meals in advance with a new baby because I am always so intensely hungry for SOMETHING afterwards, and I can't predict what that will be. We just stick to pretty easy things, but newborns sleep a lot, so there's time to make stuff.
geewhiz50
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I follow a once a month cooking website at www.onceamonthmom.com
The idea is to cook a bunch of meals on a single day and then freeze them. The site gives you a grocery list, menu, and links to recipes. They aren't all crock pot meals, but some of them are. It's worth checking out.
outontheline
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
I just posted a recipe for chile verde; just waiting for mods to approve :) It is a GREAT freezer meal, and all you have to do is heat and garnish.

Congratulations on the baby!!!
dammitjulie
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
There are McCormick spice packets for Slow Cooker meals--I highly recommend the Italian Chicken and the Beef Stew ones. Both freeze well.
The "rotiserrie-style chicken" on the crockpot lady's blog (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/) is easy to make. I pull it off the bones and freeze in portions to add to just about anything (salads, heat and eat with veggies, etc). I will make chicken pot pies with this chicken, and just barely cook them--so the crust just starts to dry out and then freeze them. I do little "pies" in individual ramekins so I can heat one or two at a time (even in my toaster oven)
Good luck and congrats on the upcoming addition to your family!! :)
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