A month before your baby arrives, bribe a friend into helping you stock your freezer with meals.

I promise — your future self will thank you when you’re operating on three hours of sleep and the rest of your family is starving.

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1. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe

Every dish should be as easy as dumping the contents of a frozen bag into a Crock-Pot. This one certainly is!

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2. Pizza Meatloaf Cups Recipe

This is a variation on meatloaf that puts pizza in the driver’s seat.

Plus, who can resist miniature food?

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3. Make-Ahead Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the pepper jack cheese if you’re planning to breastfeed and don’t want the spice.

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4. Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe

This is an Instant Pot freezer meal. Need I say more?

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5. Make-Ahead Freezer Chicken Enchiladas

I love how I can make a few pans of this at once and throw them into the freezer.

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6. Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast Recipe

Four ingredients go into a Ziploc bag and then into your freezer until it’s time to put it in the Crock-Pot. #win

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7. Make-Ahead Baked Ziti Recipe

I promise comfort food will be your priority after you have a baby. Baked ziti helps.

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8. Easy Make-Ahead Cheeseburger Casserole

You may want to cut the mushrooms and double the bacon if you’re feeding small and picky eaters.
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9. 15-Minute Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizzas Recipe

Breakfast for dinner will be a nice change of pace.

And you’ll appreciate having a few “grab and go” foods in your freezer.

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10. Make-Ahead Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Save this for the nights you need a break from pasta.

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11. Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes Recipe

This one’s for the nights you need a break from arguing with your kids over what’s for dinner.

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12. No-Boil Cheese Manicotti Recipe

 

Skeptics, I get it. Not boiling noodles before baking them?! But it works. Try it out and tell me if I’m wrong.

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13. Homemade Frozen Pizza Recipe

Basically, homemade frozen pizza is your protection against a last-minute Papa Murphy’s splurge.

Get the recipe here.

(Or find out all the secrets to saving at Papa Murphy’s and splurge away!)

 

14. Make-Ahead Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Use this shredded pork to make carnitas; add BBQ sauce for sandwiches or teriyaki sauce for a change of pace.

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15. Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe

Because turning anything into a taco just makes everyone feel better.

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16. Freezer-to-Crock-Pot Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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Add this one to the comfort food column and substitute browned hamburger for the meatballs if you want!

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17. Make-Ahead Homemade Ham and Cheese Pockets

Hot pockets, but better because you actually know what’s in them.

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18. Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos Recipe

Tacos + pesto + asiago cheese = the kind of trouble I look for.

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19. Make-Ahead Sweet Barbequed Pork Chops

Add rice and steamed veggies on the side and then pat yourself on the back for making a fancy meal even though you can barely find time for a shower.

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20. Crock-Pot Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Wait to add the milk and biscuits until you take this out of the freezer to cook it.

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21. Korean Beef and Rice Recipe

Most people who have tried Korean Bulgogi rave about it. This dish is a nice first step if you’re a newbie to Korean food.

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22. Make-Ahead Black Bean Taco Soup

Soups are the varsity players in the freezer meal game because they’re easy to pre-cook and easier to serve.

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23. Healthy One-Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Substitute Greek Yogurt if someone in your family doesn’t like sour cream.

Or just don’t tell them what’s in it — your call.

Get the recipe here.

 

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