Mellow Mummy: Freezer Meals for our Babymoon : Taking life as it comes...

Monday, 12 March 2012

Freezer Meals for our Babymoon

One of the ways that I tried to stay mellow after childbirth the first time around was to fill the freezer full of healthy and nutritious meals that I had cooked in advance and which could be easily re-heated at any time of day or night. I intend to do much the same thing this time but I've learned an important lesson.

When I was expecting Lara, I craved curry. Every day for 9 months the only thing I wanted to eat was spicy food (this isn't unusual for me even when I'm not pregnant but I like to think I have a more varied diet the rest of the time). For this reason, pretty much all of the meals that I batch cooked and put in the freezer for baby's arrival were curries and, as such, packed full of onions. Onions and newly breastfed babies don't mix very well and in the first few weeks of her life, Lara struggled a lot with wind. Once my Mum had pointed out the connection, it was easy to resolve.

I have a few ideas of low-onion-content recipes to cook and the other day one of my favourite bloggers, Luschka, shared her own list of babymoon batch cookery ideas which inspired me a lot. Here is my list so far:-

  • Cottage Pie

  • Lasagne

  • Sausage casserole with root veg

  • Beef stew

  • Ham and leek macaroni bake

  • Parsnip soup

  • Meatballs and tomato sauce

  • Homemade sausage rolls (shaped but uncooked)

  • Moroccan lamb with chickpeas

  • Pork, leek and potato bake

If you have any ideas for easy meals to cook at volume and which freeze well, please do leave them in the comments below. Perhaps you have a recipe on your own blog? or a link to a favourite recipe? All ideas welcome.

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