Freezing Food For When Baby Comes; Part 2

Well, its that time again.  My due date for our second baby is only two weeks away and this little nipper could arrive at any time!


Photo
via Flickr User Corgidusty

I’ve been cracking away daily at getting organized, house clean and food prepared so we’ll be as ready as we can be for our new family member.  I thought having a second baby would be easier since I’ve done it before.  But that’s not true! IT’S SCARIER!  Because I know what I’m in for this time.  AH! And we’ll have a 19 month old Thora to take care of as well.  I’m not really worried though, as we have a wonderful community of friends to help us along.

To ease our transition along, I’m trying to make sure my freezers are stocked with ready to eat food, as I did before Thora was born.  Here’s a list of what you’ll find in my freezer for when baby arrives.

1. Stuffed Cabbages I find the best kind of food for when your tired and not feeling well is comfort food.  Stuffed cabbages are definitely that.  This dish is easy to prepare ahead, just stuff some cabbage leaves with  your rice/meat filling, roll up and freeze in ziplock bags.  Then when you’re ready to eat, just take as many out of the bag as you need, place in a baking dish, cover in the tomato sauce of your choice and bake for 3o minutes (defrosted) to an hour if frozen.

2. Lasagna Speaking of comfort food, nothing is more satisfying on a cold night then a nice warm melty piece of lasagna.  It was one of the dishes I made and froze for when Thora was born and it was the first thing to be totally eaten up.  So I’m making agian.  Its easy to prepared ahead, slice into single servings and freeze in small containers.  Individual slices can be reheated in the microwave in 5 minutes and then eaten with relish (I’m refering to enjoyment, not a pickle sauce, but hey, to each his own).

3. Caldo Verde: This Portuguese soup with spicy sausage, kale and potatoes is probably one of my top favorites. Its also healthy in that it encourages me to eat kale.  I never eat enough greens!  Although potatoes are not the ideal food to freeze as they can get a bit mealy, it doesn’t bother me in this soup.  A few weeks ago, I made a few gallons and froze in single serving containers which will reheat in the microwave in 5 minutes. Yes!



Photo via the Kitchn.com

4. Pasties: Yum!  I’m letting my Yooper out with this one.  Pronounced Paa-stee.  Be careful with this one.  If mispronounced it means something quite different!  This is a dish the Cornish miners brought to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where it has become their official food.  A pasty is traditionally made with ground beef and a mixture of diced carrots, potatoes and rutabagas.  However, there are some fancier recipes out there including vegetarian ones (oh, the sacralidge!)  My Mom filled up my freezer with a dozen traditional ones, with a cooked filling but raw dough.  All I need to do is bake for 30 minutes and I’ve got a meal.  I’ll let you guys fight it out whether you top yours with ketchup or gravy!

________________________

Ok, that’s all from here.  It may be a bit spotty posting over the next few weeks with the new baby, but I’ll check in as often as I can.  Be patient and I’ll get back to regular posting as soon as I’m able.

 

 

Related posts:

  1. Update On Freezing Meals
  2. Forkable Baby #2!
  3. The Forkable Baby Is Here!
  4. Come Celebrate the Forkable Baby!
  5. food fotos