I’ve been sharing various food prep endeavors on my Facebook page as part of my pre baby to do list. I’ve come up with enough that I think it would be appropriate to put them all together in a post for you.
Roast & freeze nuts
I buy the 3-pound bag of walnuts from Costco and roast them to store in the freezer. They make a wonderful addition to our yogurt, giant salads, and chicken salad with homemade mayo. Here are the roasting temperatures & times if you decide to try it.
We got a handful of soup bones from our beef share so I made a big batch of broth to freeze. To save space, I pour the broth in Ziploc freezer bags and let it freeze flat on a cookie sheet. I freeze broth in 2 or 3 mason jars as well. I haven’t bought a can or box of broth in forever because I use leftover bones to make overnight homemade beef broth or chicken broth.
We got a lot of meals when Nora was born through friends who signed up via Meal Baby and I got about 20 meals from friends who made Wildtree freezer meals. Between these gifts and visiting family during the holidays we’ll likely be covered for dinner for a couple of months. I still wanted to make a few soups to freeze in mason jars because they give me one less thing to do when packing our lunch. I can just pull out a jar from the freezer and stick it in Dave’s lunch bag. It will be thawed out by lunchtime and he can stick it in the microwave. I have split pea & ham soup and chicken noodle soup in our freezer. My rule of thumb- always make a double batch when cooking soup. One batch will cover dinner for two nights and the second batch can be frozen for future dinners.
Freeze heavy cream
I love these silicone baking cups. They are so easy to clean! I would get so frustrated scrubbing our so-called “non stick” muffin tin every time I made something. The 1/4 cup portions of cream popped right out of the liners and I threw them in a Ziploc freezer bag. add them to soups like corn chowder and zuppa toscana, Nora’s pumpkin pancakes, coffee, and our occasional attempt to make homemade ice cream. If thinking about using heavy cream as an ingredient makes you nervous, you should revisit my post about balanced eating so I can remind you that fat isn’t bad but in fact it’s great for us!
Thai peanut tuna burgers
I got this recipe for Thai peanut tuna burgers from a fellow Registered Dietitian, Lindsay, at the Lean Green Bean. These are delicious and are easy to make. It only takes a few minutes to pull one out of the freezer and pan fry it in coconut oil to serve over a salad. Honestly, I need to make another batch before the baby comes because we’re already down to two burgers!
Veggie corn chowder
This recipe is a hit but it’s lacking on the protein side so I suggest adding some rotisserie chicken. I make my own whole chicken in the crockpot because it’s cheap and super easy and then make my own broth from it. Another suggestion: make two batches. Enjoy one for dinner and leftovers then freeze the second batch for a future hassle-free dinner.
Non-food pre baby to do list
Aside from food prep, here are a few other things on my to-do list:
– Finish hanging cabinets in the basement & clean it up (Done! My aunt got new kitchen cabinets and gave us some of her old ones. We hung them up in the basement for storage.)
– Paint the girls’ room (check! Thanks mom!)
– Find a local pediatric dentist & schedule an appointment for Nora in 2016 (we forgot to add her to our insurance last year. Don’t judge.)
– Pack my hospital bag
– Set up a dresser drawer for both girls (Done! Newborn clothes in one drawer, Nora’s in another, and shirts/dresses are hung up in the closet)
– Set up our 2016 budget
What would you add to my pre baby to do list? Food or non-food related?