I’ve got less then one week before my due date, and still so much yet undone. One of my main to-do items is preparing a few dishes in bulk I can freeze in single serving portions for a quick dinner after baby comes. Everyone has been warning me that after the baby arrives, I won’t be up for cooking much. I’m sort of feeling that way already and the baby isn’t even here yet! I’ve been working all year on cleaning out my freezer to make room. Now I’ve got to fill it up again. I’m trying to keep things simple, so I’m only going to prepare 3-4 things which don’t take a lot of energy. Its a time for comfort food, so I’ve selected a few of my favorite easy to make dishes.
1. Lamb Chili.
Lamb Chili is one of my favorite dishes, as I’ve posted in the past. It’s easy to make in a large batch, requires very little energy to whip together and freezes like a dream. I’m making a triple batch as we speak and will spoon out into large yogurt containers to freeze.
Who doesn’t love lasagna? Although a bit putzy to make, I can easily make two trays at once and then freeze them in individual containers to easy reheat. Any dish with melted cheese is a comfort food for me!
3. Roasted Chicken in a Skillet Dinner
This dinner is pretty fast and easy on its own, but to speed up time, I’m going to pre-saute the onion/celery mixture used for the stuffing base and freeze it. This will allow me to just throw all the ingredients into a pan and bake when I’m ready.
4. Broccoli Soup
I can’t believe I’ve never posted a Broccoli soup recipe before! I love it. Its easy and delicious. I’ve been eating tons of broccoli during my pregnancy (it is a superfood!). I’ve been cutting off the florets and steaming them for a quick side dish, and just throwing the stems into the freezer. Now, I have TONS of broccoli stems. Time to make them into soup! I plan on using a simple recipe. When heating up, I can add a bit of blue cheese to add some pizzazz!
So I warn you, I’m due any minute. I’ve got a few blog posts lined up immediately following the birth, but I may not be as good at updating over the next month or two, with a new baby. However, keep checking in. I don’t plan on giving up on this blog!