When you have just had a baby, the last thing you need is stress. Or more responsibility. Or clean-up! Meal trains and well-meaning neighbors are fabulous, but being prepared with a freezer stocked up on wholesome, filling meals to enjoy post-baby is an absolute 'recipe' for success.  

Chili and lasagna may be the old standbys for make-ahead freezer meals, but there are so many more delicious and innovative recipes you can try with minimal effort in those final weeks of baby prep. (Full disclosure: Both chili and lasagna recipes show up on this list! But they’re special ones...)

Today’s freezer meals are nutrient-dense and flavorful, easy for busy parents to make, and warm up in minutes to give you that cosy, cared-for feeling that new mums and dads need more than anything. So, we have pulled together a month’s worth of options for you and your family to enjoy. Dig in! 

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole 

 White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Photo & Recipe: Six Sisters’ Stuff

Creamy, salty, cheesy goodness are the words that come to mind with this easy-peasy, ultra-yummy make-ahead dish. Top with fresh tomatoes and basil and it will feel anything but frozen.

Non-Spicy Chili Freezer Meal

Non-Spicy Chili Freezer Meal

Photo & Recipe: Betty Crocker

If you are breastfeeding—or simply have picky little kids in addition to the new baby—lay off the heat with your freezer chili... but do not lay off the flavor! This old-school Betty Crocker recipe is expertly seasoned but will not offend tiny taste buds. You can swap ground chicken, turkey, or even meat-free grounds in place of the beef if preferred. Make sure to stock up on shredded cheddar cheese ahead of Baby’s arrival, because you will want some for topping this and plenty of the other recipes on our list. 

Minestrone Soup Freezer Meal

Minestrone Soup Freezer Meal 

Photo & Recipe: Minimalist Baker 

This naturally vegan and gluten-free minestrone soup is a no-brainer—and the kids will love it, too. Add or subtract your favourite veggies or whatever you have on hand to make life easier. It is a 30-minute, one-pot recipe that stores easily in a Ziploc bag and is fantastically filling as its own, plant-based protein meal or with a side salad and of course some crusty bread for dipping.  

Black Bean Burgers 

 Black Bean Burgers

Photo & Recipe: Project Meal Plan

These healthy burgers are easy to make and they freeze well for a pretty much instant, plant-based dinner you can serve in minutes. Add oven fries or a salad to round out the meal. 

Easy Freezer Meal Stir-Fry 

Easy Stir-Fry

Photo & Recipe: Super Healthy Kids

This is a no-brainer recipe for the early baby days and will probably stay in your rotation for busy nights in the months and years ahead. Health-conscious and super-tasty, it is an easy stir-fry that can be bagged and frozen for a balanced meal to enjoy once Baby arrives. 

Homemade Hot Pockets 

 Homemade Hot Pockets

Photo & Recipe: Happy Money Saver

One thing you’ll get used to doing once Baby arrives is using one hand for practically everything. Since eating is no exception, these homemade 'hot pockets' are an absolute win for new parents. 

Easy Baked Ziti Freezer Meal

 Easy Baked Ziti Freezer Meal

Photo & Recipe: The Kitchn

It is like a no-pressure lasagna, just as tasty and comforting without the finicky sheet noodles. Layer in your favourite cheeses and sauce, and please even the pickiest eaters in your home with this winning Italian freezer dinner.   

Pesto Chicken with Zoodles 

 Pesto Chicken with Zoodles

Photo & Recipe: Recipe Runner

Pasta is life when you have just had a baby, but 'zoodles,' or, shredded zucchini in the shape of noodles, offer up a low-carb alternative for those nights you want a light, yet savory, meal. This recipe looks perfect for exactly that.  

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos 

 Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos

Photo & Recipe: Minimalist Baker

This is one of those dishes where healthy and hearty collide, and you can pile up plate without a second thought. Happily, this make-ahead meal only takes 15 minutes of prep time, and once cooked, it can last in the freezer up to a month.  

Lasagna Roll-Ups Freezer Meal

 Lasagna Roll-Ups Freezer Meal

Photo & Recipe: The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman never lets us down, with family-friendly recipes that are easy to recreate at home. This inventive take on freezer lasagna is an absolute must for the new-baby days.  

Chilean Empanadas 

Chilean Empanadas 

Photo & Recipe: Skinny Taste

Two words: Um, yum! If you thought those hot pockets were a hit, keep the handheld goodness going with this flavorful Latin recipe that is sure to be added to your permanent rotation. 

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto 

 Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Photo & Recipe: Minimalist Baker

If you had not guessed, we are big fans of Minimalist Baker, where recipes are designed with real home cooks in mind (read: easy!) and most of it is exceptionally healthy as well. This rich, savory take on a classic risotto is freezer perfection, and it’s dairy-free, which is useful for any nursing mum whose baby has a sensitive tummy.

Vegetable Avgolemono Soup Freezer Meal

 Vegetable Avgolemono Soup Freezer Meal

Photo & Recipe: Gimme Some Oven

This vegetarian take on a traditional Greek lemon chicken soup uses eggs in place of heavy cream for a lightened-up version. The chickpeas add plant-based protein but you can substitute them or simply add in shredded roast chicken, fresh or store-bought.

Chicken Scampi Freezer Dinner

 Chicken Scampi Freezer Dinner

Photo & Recipe: The Cozy Cook

It is a family-friendly recipe that hits all the food groups with a bright, flavorful blend of spices; acid from the lemon; and creamy, cheesy elements. You and your crew are going to love this easy freezer dinner. 

Sundried Tomato Soup

Sundried Tomato Soup 

Photo & Recipe: Deliciously Ella

There are a fair amount of soups on this list because they freeze and reheat well, and are a great way to bring in lots of much-needed veggies and other nutrient-dense foods when you are recovering from childbirth. This one takes traditional tomato soup to the next level and will have you reaching for a second bowl. 

Turkey Picadillo

Turkey Picadillo Freezer Meal

Photo & Recipe: Skinny Taste

It is a healthier take on a classic Cuban recipe traditionally made with beef. This version is just as flavorful and easy to reheat and enjoy as the original, but if what you have on hand is beef or pork, feel free to sub those in.

Baked Spaghetti Freezer Meal

Baked Spaghetti Freezer Meal 

Photo & Recipe: The Cozy Cook

Comfort food at its finest... all gooey, cheesy, hearty, and ready-to-go! This is another make-ahead meal that your bigger kids will love just as much as you do.

Farro With Crispy Leeks

 Farro with Crispy Leeks

Photo & Recipe: Everyday Annie

Whole grains are so important for your health, and when your body is recovering from pregnancy and childbirth, you want to pack in as many nutrient-rich foods as possible. That is why we are recommending this tasty farro dish that feels elevated enough to be a restaurant meal but will be expertly (and easily) delicious right out of your freezer. 

Freezer Chicken Burritos 

 Freezer Chicken Burritos

Photo & Recipe: Simply Recipes

You could spend $10+ each on burritos plus delivery fees, tax, and a tip… or you could make these bad boys ahead and pop them in the freezer for anytime that craving hits in the weeks and months to come!

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

 Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Photo & Recipe: The Pioneer Women

Not exaaaaactly healthy, but absolutely delicious. You will have just birthed a human and be up half the night and all day caring for it. We think you deserve the noodle bake. 

Harissa Chicken Meatballs

 Harissa Chicken Meatballs

Photo & Recipe: Skinny Taste 

In addition to all the cheesy goodness on this roundup, we wanted to make sure to have plenty of savory dairy-free recipes for those mums who need to go without it. These tasty chicken meatballs are naturally DF and GF, loaded with protein and flavor, and are perfect when served over pasta, rice, or veggies, or inside a pita pocket.  

Taco Lasagna Freezer Meal

Taco Lasagna Freezer Meal 

Photo & Recipe: The Cozy Cook

We did not promise no lasagna, we just said they would be different! And this taco take on classic lasagna is a flavor party for the mouth that the tiniest, pickiest eaters and their tired, ravenous parents will all equally enjoy.

Quinoa Chili Freezer Dinner

 Quinoa Chili Freezer Dinner

Photo & Recipe: Two Peas & Their Pod

Everyone wants their chili to be packed with protein; did you know you can accomplish that and still keep it meat-free? This modern chili recipe freezes and heats flawlessly for Meatless Monday, vegetarian households, or any time you want to mix it up with something new and different.

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches 

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches 

Photo & Recipe: Peanut Butter and Fitness

Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea, and these make-ahead sammies were tirelessly taste-tested for freeze-ability. Make up a big ole’ batch and toss them in the freezer for a yummy, satisfying meal morning, noon, or (middle-of-the) night!

Easy Ground Beef Pasta

 Easy Ground Beef Pasta

Photo & Recipe: The Cozy Cook

It is like a homemade version of Hamburger Helper, but kicked way up to the next level. This creamy, meaty, crave-worthy meal is a must-try, especially if you have young picky eaters in the house. 

Dominican Rice & Beans Freezer Dinner

 Dominican Rice & Beans Freezer Dinner

Photo & Recipe: Skinny Taste

A total staple, easy to heat and eat, and pairs beautifully with a side salad or even a piece of grilled meat or fish for a post-baby dinner packed with all the good stuff. 

Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli

Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli 

Photo & Recipe: Hidden Ponies

Yum! This recipe is like getting excellent Chinese takeout without leaving the house. Boom!  

Carbonara Mac N Cheese

 Carbonara Mac N Cheese

Photo & Recipe: Not Without Salt

Every recipe roundup needs a solid mac n cheese, and this tried-and-true recipe will not disappoint. The snap peas add brightness, the bacon adds salt, and the cheesy, creamy sauce will be sweet heaven when you’re running on empty and need a calorie boost. 

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Bowls 

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Bowls 

Photo & Recipe: Pinch of Yum

Sometimes you just really want something super healthy, and this clean, plant-based dish is a really good one to have in the freezer for those nights. 

Sausage, Broccoli, & Quinoa Casserole

 Sausage, Broccoli, & Quinoa Casserole

Photo & Recipe: My Recipes

Surprised that there were not many casseroles on this list? Look... not everyone likes them. But they sure do freeze well, and this savory, indulgent recipe might just change your mind if you are in the anti-casserole club. 

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