Over the last few weeks before baby arrived, we managed to empty most of the freezer, ready for it to be restocked for baby’s arrival. We have a mixture of favourite and new meals in there now and it has been working well for the first few weeks. We’ve discovered how tricky it is to cook solo with a baby so it’s great to always have something on hand to eat that doesn’t involve take-aways! In fact so far we’ve only resorted to takeaway once and that was more of a treat than necessity!
I found a lot of my recipes ideas by reading blog posts so thought I’d share what I’ve used in case it helps anyone else. We mainly eat vegetarian food but I’ve made a real effort to make and freeze chicken dishes so we have plenty of protein!
Quinoa is a staple favourite in our house so we have these recipes in the freezer ready to go…
One pan Mexian Quinoa does exactly what it says on the tin and only needs some avocado on top to finish it off
This is a new one, we ate half and froze half, Healthy Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake. For next time I would make it slightly less healthy and add breadcrumbs to coat the chicken as it was a little bit soft and lacking the golden crunch we like but the sauce was tasty and it was very easy to make.
Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Chilli is also a new one for us. Next time I’ll add some chilli as we like spicy food but Chris thought it was really tasty, he even took some for lunch the next day!
Lentil and Quinoa Chili has been a favourite of ours for a few years, we always have some of this in freezer for a quick tea/lunch.
Branching out into soups, we have two of our current favourites…
Broccoli and Stilton soup adapted from this recipe as we had a huge bag of broccoli from Costco that needed using up.
Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup, you don’t even need to drain the beans for this recipe!
We also have
Garlic and Basil Chickpea Veggie Burgers which just need avocado or the avocado pesto to top them (the pesto is delicious mixed with quinoa as a lunch too).
Some homemade beef burgers but I’m not sure how long they’ll last considering they’re my current favourite!
Some portions of a giant Costco lasagne which was really delicious for shop bought lasagne!
We have a good stock of ice cream and this Banana Bread frozen for emergencies.
Not too bad I think! I’m always on the look out for good freezeable recipes though so please feel free to share your favourites. The only thing I feel I’m missing is some frozen cookie dough so I may need to rectify that this week…and of course bake a few just to test them at the same time!