Looking for Make-Ahead Recipes

Calling all my cooking friends…

A good friend of mine is about due to have baby #2. I don’t believe they need much, so I figured instead of a gift they probably don’t need, I’d make them some food. I figure this will make things easier for them and will be much appreciated.


I’m thinking about things that can be frozen and pulled out when needed. I have a vacuum sealer, so I can use that. Or I can just use throwaway casserole dishes (I know, I know – they’ll recycle, don’t worry). To the best of my knowledge, they’ll eat practically anything and aren’t all that picky.

So I’m asking you, my bloggie friends, for suggestions on what to make, how much to make, and what a new #2 mom might want. Any suggestions?  Chili?  Soup? Baked pasta? I’d like to avoid something that they could pick up for themselves pre-made at some place like Costco or the grocery store.

What do you suggest?

2 thoughts on “Looking for Make-Ahead Recipes

  1. emma

    I wish I could recommend something brilliant. My only advice is the pre-made meals from Trader Joe’s, which is not at all what you have in mind. Perhaps cold pasta salad, particularly as the weather is hotter now – tortellini with fresh veggies in a basic vinagrette works…

    emmas last blog post..Pleasure Bouquets: Crossroads

  2. curlywurlygurly

    chili!!! we eat it once a week here–it’s not too spicy and doesn’t taste like turkey. here’s my recipe:

    2lbs. ground turkey meat
    2 14.5 oz. cans of red kidney beans
    1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
    1 small white onion, diced
    3 green bell peppers, diced
    4 cups of chicken broth
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    2 tablespoons sugar
    salt and pepper to taste

    sautee the diced onion and peppers in olive oil until soft (5 minutes).

    drain and rinse kidney beans in a strainer.

    heavily brown the meat–the crispier the better–it will give it a ‘red meat’ flavor.

    add peppers, onions, chix broth, tomatoes, sugar, and chili powder to meat. let it simmer on medium for at least 1 hour. ( i usually cook mine for longer–it gets yummier with time.) serve with shredded cheese and oyster crackers.

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