Preparing for baby’s arrival is an exciting time. Expectant moms plan and prepare diligently in anticipation of baby’s needs. However, one of the areas frequently overlooked in preparation for postpartum is the challenge of meal preparation and proper nutrition for Mom once the baby arrives.
For even the most domestic of Goddesses, combining the needs of feeding your newborn baby with your lack of sleep, your own recovery, and your possible dietary or food sensitivity needs, makes the necessity of nourishing postpartum meals a real challenge.
The solution: Batch cooking freezer meals!
Where to Begin
The jumping off point to creating easy, delicious, nutrient-rich meals is to remember that postpartum is the beginning of a brand new phase for your body and your household; you want to think about preparing meals that are healthy and nutritionally complete as well as easy.
Think Beyond Dinner
Clear that Freezer
There’s nothing worse than spending hours making batch meals only to realize you cannot fit everything you’ve pre-made into the freezer. Take time to clear out and organize your freezer as well as use up things in your freezer that you’ve forgotten about. This is also a great time to start an inventory of what you’ve got; a small magnetized dry-erase board and marker on the front of your freezer is lifesaver for tracking and organizing your frozen stock.
Plan with Freezing in Mind
The only thing worse than heating up a freezer meal and finding out it tastes awful once it’s reheated is realizing you have even more of them in your freezer. Choose recipes you love, and when considering if a meal will freeze well, don’t hesitate to test a recipe out on a small scale before scaling it up for a batch cook. Remember to avoid recipes that include:
Invest in Good Containers
Avoid using your everyday essential cookware like your favorite casserole dish, as it may leave you shorthanded in the kitchen. Rather, seek out inexpensive containers; the discount store is a great place to find a variety of food storage solutions.
The very best way to divide your list is by grocery area categories such as:
Prepare All of the Ingredients at Once
Follow your recipe for cooking instructions and assemble each meal in the freezer containers you have chosen.
Think About Portions
Cool Foods Thoroughly
It is also a good rule of thumb to remember that many dishes will expand when they freeze. Don’t fill a container to the top; leave room for expansion to avoid cracked containers.
Label Everything with Cooking Directions
This may sound like common sense but many people fall into the, “I’ll remember what’s in that container” trap. Being sure that all your meals are clearly labeled with instructions for cooking means that anyone can choose the meal from the freezer and cook it to perfection.
A special thanks to our guest blogger Erica McNiece (B.Ed, M.A, B.A.) co-founder of GATHERED Paleo.
Over the past four years Erica has seen the remarkable benefits that a Paleo diet can make in peoples’ lives without the sacrifice of giving up great food. It is for this reason that she is so passionate about creating delicious Paleo meals and snacks.
Be sure to check out GATHERED on their website or at local merchant partners, and via delivery in the Headwaters Region. https://www.gatheredpaleo.ca).