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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Cooking on a Budget: OAMC, Make Ahead, Freezing & More / Menu planning for 2 weeks after baby is born
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    Menu planning for 2 weeks after baby is born

    Mon May 28, 2012 6:05 pm Groupie
    I am expecting our 6th child this August and I would like to continue to feed our family on a budget with healthy and varied meals. I had thought about freezing some stuff but I don't want casseroles and soups because it will just be too hot. I will have a C-section so mobility will be a problem for a while. They need to be fast or super easy so Dh can do them. I would love some suggestions.
    Background: we have a big freezer that I can clear out a bit for preparations, we have a grill but Dh is not so fond of using it, have a crockpot, like beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, meatless meals, salads
    Here are some things I was thinking:
    -Spaghetti and meatballs- canned sauce and homemade frozen meatballs
    -Chicken fajitas- could marinate meat and freeze and then package frozen veggies seperately
    -tacos- meat cooked and frozen,
    -Orange Chicken Stir Fry OAMC precooked rice in the freezer
    I was planning to prep some veggies and fruits for snacking and lunches in the fridge. carrots, veggies, cantaloupe, grapes, and have lots of fresh whole fruits and veggies on hand.
    Now I am kind of stuck, I know we will probably shop at the end of week one, primarily for fresh fruits and veggies.
    Mon May 28, 2012 10:31 pm
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    You can use your meatballs to make these sandwiches, I really like them, Divine Meatball Sandwiches
    I cook a crock of this, Pulled Pork (Crock Pot) - I make and freeze sandwiches which reheat in 1 minute in the micro for a fast lunch or casual supper. I also freeze blobs of the pulled pork to use to top baked potatoes for another lunch or supper.
    You can make the sauce for this and package it together with cut up chicken to make a quick dinner, Best Ever Chicken Balti
    I don't remember if you had enchiladas on your list. but those freeze really well.

    Congratulations and best wishes!
    Tue May 29, 2012 9:53 pm Groupie
    Brown ground beef or turkey for use in tacos. Poach chicken to add to salads (also for tacos).
    Wed May 30, 2012 1:15 pm Groupie
    Make different kinds of burritos and freeze for a quick reheat in the micro. Eat that way or DH can place in a pan, cover with pre-made enchilada sauce, some grated cheese and you have a quick and easy plate of enchiladas.

    Grill up a mess of b/s chicken breasts NOW and slice, chunk, etc... and freeze in meal size portions...endless possibilities here.

    There's no reason you can't make a great meal out of a grilled cheese sandwich and soup from the freezer.
    Panda Rose
    Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:22 pm Groupie
    I would prepare some packs of dump chicken to have with your frozen rice and frozen veggies.
    Spaghetti bolognaise is also a good one.
    Can you have salmon portions ready prepared so that you can throw them in the oven?
    Good luck with the birth.btw
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