Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Freezer Meal Gift Basket

One of my friends and daycare clients had her fourth baby boy last week. I knew I wanted to do something special for her but having three other boys already I figured she was pretty set on most items. Diapers are always a good thing but having home-cooked meals within arms reach sounded even more tempting. So that's the route I took.

Now she participated in my last freezer swap and I knew she was saving most of those for when the baby arrived. Still wanting this to be a surprise and not knowing what all she had stashed away I decided to make up a variety of items to help her out.

I found this really cute and reasonably priced (if I might add) tote at Target to package the meals in. That way she can use it for storage later on.

I know you're dying to find out what all's in here, so here we go:

Waffles - these will make for quick and easy breakfasts, just warm in the toaster
Frozen Fruit Cups - these are a great snack or side dish for the kiddos
Shredded Chicken - I included two bags, she can use these for quesadillas, tacos, wraps, salads, etc.
Blueberry Banana Bread
Banana Bread
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Chicken Pesto Meatballs - Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats suggested these and provided the recipe, they were really good. Of course I had to do a trial run to taste test, I should have made some extras!
Taco Pasta Bake - one of my new fav meals, this made enough for two pans.

There you go, a nice variety of meals and other items that I think will benefit the whole family in these first few weeks with a newborn. I spread out my work over the course of a week, just preparing things when I had extra time. It wasn't much work at all really, I wish I could have done a lot more, but then again that's just the type of person I am.

Feel free to use any of the recipes and borrow this idea, it's a great way to gift a new mother. This would also work wonderfully for a friend or relative that's recently had surgery and maybe can't do a whole lot yet. If you're wanting some other meal ideas leave a comment below and I'd be glad to help you out.


  1. This is fabulous!! What a great gift. I'm going to look through your recipes as I'm always looking for more freezer meal ideas!

    1. Thank you! Hope you find some that interest you.

  2. Love, love love! And glad you liked the chicken pesto meatballs! I need to make those again soon.

    1. They were really good, I'll definitely be making them again.

  3. What an awesome idea! I love it! Any new mom would love this too, I think. Sarah @ Domestically Made.

  4. That is a great idea! Love it Steph!
    Thanks for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!!

  5. Hi Steph, First time visiting your site & I love this basket idea! WIll pin it for the future, by the way found your post on Show & Share Wednesday!

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  6. Such a fantastic idea! I love giving ham and potato soup as a freezer meal. It's super easy to prepare and is nice and filling.

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