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Make ahead meals for maternity leave

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Make ahead meals for maternity leave

jboeke | Jan 27, 2010 08:36 AM

I'm going on maternity leave next week (baby due in 2 weeks) and part of my plan is to make meals ahead of time and freeze them in 1-or-2-person portions so that we can still eat homemade food while we adjust to becoming parents (first child!). I have some braised beef & chicken recipes and a BBQ pork that I know freeze and reheat well, and I plan to make a lasagna and some soups too. Beyond that, when I research make ahead meals, I keep coming across casseroles full of "cream of something" soup. We're not really into that kind of food, so I'm looking for other ideas on foods that I can make in advance, freeze in individual portions, and then reheat as needed over the course of a month. It could be as simple as making taco meat that can be used in burritos, tacos or nachos as needed, or a big dish I can divide for multiple meals. I'd especially love ideas for vegetables and side dishes - those seem to be the hardest to find make ahead options for. Thanks in advance for the help!

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