Jeff and I decided to jump on the frozen meal train for our first month (or two) with the baby. It’s incredibly easy to get any type of food delivered in New York City at all hours of the day, but the cost and calories are ridiculous when added up. I decided instead of depending on the famously convenient city, I would plan a little over a month of food and snacks for us so we have minimal grocery shopping each week when the baby comes. Unfortunately, our first month will be smack dab in the middle of farmer’s market season, so not only will we miss a bit of that deliciousness in exchange for quality time with the tiny, but I also had to plan food that was summery without needing the seasonal veggies ahead of time. It was quite the task!
I started by doing some research on Pinterest and creating a board with frozen food ideas. The site Once A Month Mom also helped A LOT. Since those recipes are broken down each year by month, I was able to narrow my choices down to May through July which ensured that I would be picking food appropriate for the season. I wrote down all my ideas, separated them into breakfast, lunch or dinner and then narrowed them down by my favorites.
When it came to typing up the recipes, I first established what portion of the meal could be made ahead and frozen and what portion would be better fresh. I typed the prep recipes separately from the “on the day” recipes which also included the grocery list for the fresh stuff.
I imagine each week we’ll decide which meals and snacks we want to have, and Jeff can just jot down the grocery list from each recipe onto a master list and hit the store on Sunday! I’m really excited to have all of our food planned for June so we can focus on being new parents. Now I just need to precook and freeze everything before I go into labor… 😉