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Posted 17 September 2011 - 08:07 AM

I need recommendations for dinners that freeze well. I'm currently 37 weeks pregnant, and trying to make some stuff to put in the freezer for after I have the baby. So far I've made, gluten-free Lasagna Casserole, Chili, and Sheperd's Pie. We have *a lot* of gluten-free pasta on hand, so I imagine I'll end up making a few more pasta dishes, but I want to make sure that's not all that we have prepared. My boyfriend is talking about making a gluten-free Chicken Noodle Soup.
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 08:32 AM

Soups, pasta dishes (alfredo and mac and cheese freeze well), you could boil a chicken to have meat for salads and such, etc.

Sorry no deffinit ideas here :( my brains not fully awake yet :)
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 09:18 AM

I cook black beans or pinto beans and freeze a layer of beans over a layer of rice for lunches at work. You could freeze just the beans and cook the rice fresh if you're around the house. Rice cookers are very easy to get going. I've never made a soup that didn't freeze well. Pot roast freezes OK too. I leave the juice as broth and don't try to make it into gravy.
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 09:43 AM

Lots of things work. Potatoes do not. So if you make a soup, etc. don't add potatoes. You can season a roast or any chunk of meat, freeze with veggies but add potatoes later. They change texture.

Also, and I hate to mention this...,I did the same - worked my hiney off to freeze stuff before he got here. Then he arrived with a milk protein intolerance and most of my food had milk in it. So, you may want to consider omitting the major allergen groups (milk us always the first thing a ped will tell you to drop) from your frozen food so you can use it if your baby seems to have stomach problems. All of this is assuming you bf or pump.

On another note, congratulations!!!!
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 10:57 AM

I made a huge batch of gluten-free Chicken soup today to freeze. I made it without rice or noodles because rice noodles cook up so quickly, or I can add leftover rice.

If you like curry, I freeze curry quite often with good results.

Another thing I like to freeze is twice baked potatoes, a dozen at a time.
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 11:49 AM

I just wanted to add that if you plan to breastfeed your baby, what you eat can change the flavor of your breastmilk. My babies didn't like my eating spicy dishes (chili and Mexican food) or chocolate. You might wish to do a little research on which foods tend to affect the taste of breastmilk and go from there.
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 11:51 AM

I am 39 weeks and was trying to freeze a lot too :)

I try to make them gluten-free as well as dairy and egg free so we can all eat them. My kids have dairy and egg allergies and I assume I will have to go off dairy and egg with this one too.

You already said Shepard's Pie. I did a few batches of soup (butternut squash, potato leek). Shredded chicken and pork in the crock pot are easy, freeze well and are happily enjoyed by all in this house. I also made a lot of the kids foods (big batches of chicken tenders and pancakes) so they at least will have food and DH and I can do take out if we have to.

Congrats to you and enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy!
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