Postpartum Freezer Meals (grocery list + printables)


Looking for postpartum freezer meals so that you can prep ahead of time before baby? Check out our guide to meal-prepping 4 main meals, a snack, and a dessert!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Instacart. We were compensated and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds!

Having make-ahead meals in my freezer was one of the best gifts I got when I had my baby. Not having to think about prepping nourishing meals and care for a newborn was such a gift!

Postpartum freezer meals are now my go-to for all of the new moms in my life and we’ve created a simple guide that allows you to prep 4 main meals, 1 snack, and 1 dessert in just one afternoon.

Download crockpot freezer meal prep guide.

Prepping for Postpartum Meals with Instacart

This post was (quite literally) made possible by our friends at Instacart. We’re avid Instacart users (have been for YEARS) and use their grocery delivery service multiple times per week when ordering groceries to the Fit Foodie studio.

I love that you can truly get everything on this list (and then some) delivered right to your door from your favorite retailer in as little as 1 hour. Instacart has personally saved me hours upon hours of time shopping time and IMO, would also be a great gift to postpartum moms! You bet this is what we’re meal prepping for Em’s baby 😀

Why choose Instacart?

Get $20 off your first Instacart order of $50+ using promo code FOODIE20OFF so you can make these smoothie pops in your own kitchen.

Instacart will save you time so you can enjoy those summer moments with your family.

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Freezer Meals for Postpartum Menu

As we’ve mentioned, this guide will provide you with recipes for 4 main meals, 1 snack, and 1 dessert. We’ll provide you with both freezer instructions and reheating instructions to make this process a breeze. Here’s what’s on the menu:

  1. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup: There is nothing better than a fibrous, flavorful soup. Make our Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup and turn them into freezer soup cubes for a simple, single-serve meal!
  2. Pesto Cubes: freeze homemade pesto into single-serve cubes so that you can quickly make a delicious pasta sauce in less than 10 minutes!
  3. Lactation Cookies: the ultimate postpartum cookie is our lactation cookies made with rolled oats, brewer’s yeast, maple syrup, flax seed, and eggs.
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas: Prepare our slow cooker chicken fajitas in a freezer bag so you can easily thaw it overnight and transfer it into your slow cooker to cook hands-free.
  5. Breakfast Quesadillas: our breakfast quesadillas are the perfect single-serve meal for postpartum. Once frozen, pop them in the microwave for a quick, protein-packed meal.
  6. Collagen Cookie Dough: collagen cookie dough is the perfect late-night snack while you’re nursing. Prep a double batch and store them in the freezer.

Downloads – Shopping List + Printables

You can either pick and choose any of these recipes to prep and freeze or you can download our shopping list and freezer guide to make this process as easy as possible

  • Shopping List
  • Freezer Guide (recipe + freezer instructions)
Download crockpot freezer meal prep guide.

The Investment

Total Cost (ish): $80

Total Time: 3 hours

The reward

  • 4 full meals
  • 1 snack
  • 1 dessert
  • 30 servings of snacks/dessert
  • 30 servings lunch/dinner
  • A bunch more hours to spend with your baby 🙂
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Storage Containers for Freezer Meals

In this post we’re featuring a handful of storage containers that are best for freezing. Here they are in one place!

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

  • Cost: $11
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 6
How to make squash soup in an instant pot.

Freezer Instructions

  1. Begin by making the butternut squash soup as directed.
  2. Let it cool for about 20 minutes and then transfer it into a silicone freezing tray. You can fill 4 portions or 6.
  3. Cover and let freeze for at least 12 hours.
  4. Once frozen, transfer into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag and store for up to 3 months.

Reheating instructions

There are a few different ways to reheat your butternut squash soup and we’re sharing the easiest way!

  1. Remove 1 cube from the silicone mold.
  2. Place it into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  3. Stir periodically until soup is fully melted and heated.
  4.  You may need to thin the soup out. You can do so by adding broth or water until it reaches the desired consistency.

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Silicone

Freezing Tray

This silicone freezing tray is perfect for freezing single-serve portions of soup or chili!

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Pesto Cubes

  • Cost: $10 (or free from your garden!)
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 12-15
How to make pesto cubes.

Freezer Instructions

  1. Make a triple batch of our homemade pesto recipe.
  2. Transfer the pesto (1 tablespoon at a time) into a small silicone mold or ice cube tray.
  3. Cover and freeze for at least 12 hours.
  4. Once frozen solid, remove them from the silicone mold and transfer them into a freezer-safe plastic bag, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Serving Suggestions – pesto pasta!

When you’re ready to eat your pesto, you can let it thaw in the fridge overnight and use it as a spread or dip.

Serve it as a pasta sauce:

Melt around 6 cubes in a medium saucepan. Then, add 1/2 cup of pasta water. Toss the pesto sauce with around 8 oz. of cooked pasta.

A person preparing homemade pesto by pouring it into an ice cube tray.

Silicone

Ice Cube Tray

Freeze your pesto cubes in this reusable silicone ice cube tray!

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Lactation Cookies

  • Cost: $12
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 12
A picture of a recipe for lactation cookies.

Freezer Instructions

  1. Make our lactation cookies as directed.
  2. Transfer them onto a wire rack to cool for at least an hour.
  3. Once cooled, transfer them back onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for 2 hours. This step prevents the cookies from sticking together in the plastic bag.
  5. Transfer the partially frozen cookies into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Serving tip

When you’re ready to eat a lactation cookie, simply grab a cookie from the bag and let it sit on the counter for 5 minutes!

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

  • Cost: $19
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 6
Chicken fajitas in a plastic bag.

Freezer Instructions

Find the ingredient list in our slow cooker chicken fajitas post.

  1. Combine fajita seasoning, salsa, and avocado oil in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
  2. Next, thinly slice the bell peppers and onion.
  3. Transfer the chicken breast, bell peppers, and onion into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag. Pour on the fajita sauce and seal.
  4. Use your hands to squish everything around so that the chicken and veggies are coated.
  5. Remove as much air as possible form the bag an flatten it out. Seal tightly.
  6. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Cooking Instructions

  1. When you’re ready to make your slow cooker chicken fajitas, remove the bag from the freezer and let thaw in the fridge overnight.
  2. Once completely thawed, transfer the contents of the bag into your slow cooker.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and cook everything for 2 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low. Toss the peppers and onions (if possible) halfway through the cooking time.
  4. When the chicken’s internal temperature is 165ºF remove the chicken from the slow cooker. Slice into thin strips and add it back into the slow cooker. Toss with the peppers, onions, and sauce.
  5. Turn the heat on the slow cooker to warm and let the chicken soak up the sauce for 10-15 minutes.

Breakfast Quesadillas

  • Cost: $15
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 6
Breakfast quesadillas are shown in several pictures.

Freezer Instructions

  1. Follow the directions on how to make the breakfast quesadillas in this post.
  2. Let them cool for 10 minutes and then tightly wrap them in tin foil.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Reheating Instructions

Microwave: unwrap the tin foil and then defrost it in the microwave for a few minutes before microwaving on high for 1 – 2 minutes.

Oven: preheat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen quesadilla in the oven fully wrapped in tin foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the quesadilla is thawed and hot.

Collagen Cookie Dough

  • Cost: $10
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 18
Pictures of a recipe for collagen cookie dough.

Freezer Instructions

  1. Make the collagen cookie dough balls as directed in the post.
  2. Transfer them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
  3. Once they are almost frozen, transfer them into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

serving tip

Remove a few balls from the freezer and let them come to room temperature on the counter. Enjoy!



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