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
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.