Vegetarian Freezer Meals for New Moms

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37 Vegetarian Freezer Meals for New Moms including nourishing breakfasts, lunches you can eat one-handed, easy dinner ideas, and snacks! 

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If we’ve known each other for a while you probably know that I’m all about the freezer meals. I love bulk prepping and stashing individual servings of healthy dishes in the freezer so that I can get a break from time to time, or grab something to eat on a day when I don’t have time to cook.

While motherhood may not be new, dealing with a newborn, whose temperament we have yet to know, all the while wrangling a highly active 2.5 year old is newI’d be lying if I said the thought of it isn’t daunting to me.

When I was pregnant with Niko, I worked furiously to fill the freezer with what I thought would be the best possible meals and snacks for the time, and while many things were good, there were also some misses.

For example, I found muffins and bars to be nothing short of essential for snacking on while nursing my tiny son, while the freezer burritos I’d stashed away turned out to be incredibly difficult to eat one-handed.

Don’t get me wrong, freezer burritos are still incredibly valuable for those meals when the baby is happily snoozing or rocking in the baby swing – that’s why they’re still on this list – and I definitely didn’t have the energy or time for a lot of cooking in those early days.

I’ve taken what I’ve learned from having done this before, and updated and refreshed this list of Vegetarian Freezer Meals for New Moms.

Breakfast Freezer Meals

If you’re making a bunch of freezer meals for new moms, definitely don’t forget about the most important meal of the day!

A cut open vegetarian breakfast burrito on a white plate with another burrito and a pan of burrito filling in the background

Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
Banana Flax Freezer Waffles
Sweet Potato Gingerbread Waffles
Swiss Chard and Gruyere Strata
Healthy Pumpkin Granola
Maple Apple Walnut Granola
Coconut Banana Walnut Granola
Make and Freeze French Toast Cups from Hello Veggie
Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites from Sustainable Cooks
Apple Berry Baked Oatmeal Cups from The Full Helping
Make and Freeze Tofu Scramble Wraps from Hello Veggie

Lunch Freezer Meals

pumpkin mac and cheese on a white plate

I found lunch to be the trickiest meal of the day when I was at home with a newborn, since I often had another set of hands around breakfast or dinner, but at lunch time there was generally no one around to help.

Generally I think that lunch freezer meals and dinner freezer meals are pretty interchangeable, but single portions tend to come in particularly handy at lunch. I also prefer my lunches to be less drippy and more hand-held when possible, or at least things I could eat with a fork in one hand and a baby in the other.

If you’re planning ahead for your own freezer meals or are making a bunch of freezer meals for new moms, here’s what I found most useful for lunches.

Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos
Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Swiss Chard and Gruyére Strata 
Sweet Potato, Feta, and Corn Enchiladas from Happy Veggie Kitchen
Broccoli Quinoa Nuggets
Black Bean Burrito Stack
Pumpkin and Black Bean Taquitos 
Homemade Frozen Pizza from Sustainable Cooks
Veggie Fajita Enchiladas from Delish Knowledge

Dinner Freezer Meals

two silver bowls of mung bean curry

I think that dinner freezer meals for new moms aren’t all that different from dinner freezer meals for regular people. Generally there’s more hands on deck at dinner time, so I’m not afraid to call soups and curries and stew into action. Basically, if it freezes well, I’m going to throw it on this list.

Mung Bean and Coconut Curry
Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry
Spicy Carrot Soup with Tahini and Garlicky Greens
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from Happy Veggie Kitchen
Stuffed Shells from Hello Veggie
Make and Freeze Garlic Bread from Sustainable Cooks
Tempeh Bolognese 
Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dal 

Freezer Snacks!!!

peanut butter oat bars drizzled with dark chocolate on a sheet of parchment paper

You guys, if you’re making freezer meals for new moms, the snacks are where it’s at! Make a new mom a batch of muffins / cookies / bars to throw in the freezer and she will love you for life.

I had no idea how hungry I was going to be in those early days of breastfeeding, and out of nowhere I’d be so famished I’d be shaking and would need something Right. Now. This time I’ve been sure to stash away a few batches of muffins and bars for precisely those times. Here are some of my favourites:

Peanut Butter Oat Bars
Whole Wheat Muffins with Cinnamon Roasted Apples
Pumpkin Millet Muffins
No Sugar Banana Bran Muffins
Healthy Cherry Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chunks
Chocolate Energy Bites
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Quinoa
No-Bake Granola Bars

 

This roundup was originally published February 21, 2016. It was edited, revised, and updated on October 11, 2018.

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Comments

  1. I would say that your planning ahead will be much appreciated by you in just a few weeks!! We on Soames Point can’t wait for the arrival. Lots of Love – Anne

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