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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:05 am 
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I don't think so! I'd love to have gotten started already if I weren't homeless. Just make sure it's all well-wrapped (I like glass + glad press & seal wrap personally).


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:54 am 
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I would say not too early because I am now 37 weeks and really am not feeling up to doing much "extra" cooking to feed the freezer at this point. I REALLY wish I had started earlier!


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That's a great time! You're (hopefully) not too exhausted yet, like if you were trying to do it all at 38 weeks. Plus I think it's good to recognize that you could give birth a few weeks early and to prepare. I did all my cooking about 5 weeks ahead when my parents were in town to help.


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Came home from running an errand to find my husband eating muffins from my stash. Hands off my one-handed nursing snacks, mister!

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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
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Oh wow, I hope he plans to bake you more muffins!!


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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:04 pm 
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So, baby girl is due in 3-ish weeks and I've started to prep some meals for the freezer. Here's my brainstorm list (I know I won't get to all of them, obviously, but thought it would be good to list here for anyone else in the same boat.)

+Breakfast Burritos (Made these already: Filled with noochy-tofu scramble, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, salsa, and some cheddar Daiya)
+Rice and Bean Burritos
+Veggie Burgers (also getting some buns to freeze too)
+Pizza Dough (Have two frozen already, also getting some Daiya Mozz to freeze)
+Big batch of homemade tomato sauce, sectioned into smaller zip-lock bags
+Pierogies (Going to make these for dinner soon, and just make extra. Probably a potato/tempeh mixture)
+Ravioli (with Tofu-Cashew ricotta filling)
+Mini Tofu Muffin Omelets (from Isa Does it. Maybe get some english muffins to freeze too, for making breakfast sandwiches.)
+Seitan/Bean Steamed Sausages
+Pan of Lasagna (probably closer to due date)
+Oatmeal/Lactation Cookies
+Some sort of high protein, filling muffins
+Homemade waffles
+Granola Bars (the ones from Oh She Glows)
+Cooked Beans (I use dried normally)

Pantry items to stock up on:
Pasta/Canned tomatoes
Lara Bars
Soup
Nuts/trail Mix
Oatmeal
Peanut butter
Shelf stable Soy Milk

I'm making sure to clearly label everything with what it is and the date, so it doesn't get lost in the depths of the freezer. Probably going to put a list of things I froze right on the outside of the fridge too, to remind myself and partner. Any other suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
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The best thing I made was the spanikopita from VwaV. I made both triangles and a casserole, which I sliced into large rectangles. It's perfect because it has grains, nuts, beans, and vegetables all together.

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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
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Your list looks solid, My Zoetrope. One thing I did last time was to prep and freeze some slow cooker recipes (obviously only applicable if you have a slow cooker). You have to remember to thaw them, but then it's just dump it and forget it.

I also liked having frozen vegetables on hand. Not having to clean/peel/chop was a big plus while cooking when exhausted and/or holding a newborn.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:07 am 
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Excellent, thanks ladies!

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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
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I'm pressure cooking like a crazy lady today, thankful it's winter this time around so soups, stews, curries and chilli are going to be our staple menu after baby comes [and before!]
What I really need to do is cook a butt-tonne of seitan to freeze, because that's the one thing I can never be bothered making and my husband uses it in his sandwiches for lunch every day...


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Has anyone tried freezing any recipes from Julie Hassons' Vegan Casseroles book? Just curious which recipes were better or worse for this purpose...


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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:37 am 
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A friend of mine is about to have her baby any time now. She is not vegan, but I want to make her something. What would you make for a omnivore?

ETA: i don't think she would eat tofu.


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Bean burritos? Some kind of hummous wrap?

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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:05 pm 
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TheCrabbyCrafter wrote:
Bean burritos? Some kind of hummous wrap?

Will make frozen burritos and waffles/pancakes. I know she likes pizza, so I can prepare a few batches of dough.
ETA: Thinking of maybe making calzones, but I would prefer making them vegan. I have no idea what kind of filling that is not too weird. So no noochy sauces.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:01 pm 
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pepitajobo wrote:
TheCrabbyCrafter wrote:
Bean burritos? Some kind of hummous wrap?

Will make frozen burritos and waffles/pancakes. I know she likes pizza, so I can prepare a few batches of dough.
ETA: Thinking of maybe making calzones, but I would prefer making them vegan. I have no idea what kind of filling that is not too weird. So no noochy sauces.


Calzones - maybe just a marinara with vegetables? If she likes beefless crumbles, you could throw those in.


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dandykins wrote:
Has anyone tried freezing any recipes from Julie Hassons' Vegan Casseroles book? Just curious which recipes were better or worse for this purpose...

I haven't frozen any of Julie's casseroles, but I've frozen a ton of pasta and bean/grain casseroles. I bet any of those are fine. Just slightly undercook the pasta. And wait to add any topping (crumbs or potato chips or whatever) until later.

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Excellent, thank you!


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Pepita - I know you said no tofu BUT, I have fed stuff with cashew ricotta to many an omni and it's been fine. I think it would go great in a calzone!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:57 pm 
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Nicole wrote:
Pepita - I know you said no tofu BUT, I have fed stuff with cashew ricotta to many an omni and it's been fine. I think it would go great in a calzone!

Thanks Nicole!
Cashews are too expensive, but this recipe looks like it's pretty tasty, and the artichokes and spinach will bulk up the filling.
http://plantinfusions.blogspot.com/2013 ... ckets.html


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:54 pm 
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I did my mad rush of cooking this week (week 38! I knew I am cutting it close, but I couldn't get around to cooking while working), and made and froze large quantities of:

Meals:
Mac and Cheese
Tofu Divan
Black Bean Enchiladas
Chickpea piccata
Borscht
Butternut squash soup
Calzones
White lasagna

Some staples:
Miyoko's Butter
Miyoko's skinless “chicken”
Pounds and pounds of beans
Cup and cups of rice
5 heads of collards (from clearing out our garden for the season)
2 heads of kale (also from our garden)

I still have muffins on the to-do list, and maybe some other baked goods, but for now I feel OK with this and I am really tired of being in the kitchen!

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That's a great list! Muffins were one of my fave things that I made for my stash,so I would still go for them if you have time. They de-thaw pretty quickly and were easy-ish to eat with one hand (but don't ask me how many crumbs I dropped on the baby...)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:51 pm 
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I am 37 weeks today and done with work, so this week I hope to make and freeze 2 weeks worth of meals. The only thing is that I have no energy and making a meal is so hard because my body gets so sore (back, hips, legs, butt, and feet). On top of that, I'll be making our regular dinners too every night. I think I'll just need lots of breaks and naps in between. Wish me luck!

As for what I'm making, I'm not entirely sure. I know there will be a huge lasagna from Quick Fix Vegan, two Thai Un-chicken pizzas from Eat Drink and Be Vegan, meaty chili x2 from Isa Does It, some soup and I'll let you know later what else. Mmmm pizza.


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 Post subject: Re: The baby is almost here! pre-made meal Ideas?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:31 am 
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Can you make double portions for every lunch and dinner you make so you can freeze half?


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We bought all the ingredients already, so while I will be doubling all of those recipes, I won't be doubling the dinner ones for this week. Good suggestion though!


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