Food preppin' like a mother...
I've officially passed the 37 week mark, so Baby could arrive (healthily) at any point now. Yikes. Luckily I was able to reduce my hours at work to 50% about a month ago, so I'm only working mornings now (but still get paid 100%). I was having (well, still have actually) horrible back pain and sitting all day just wasn't helping. Switzerland is pretty wonderful in that respect and is big on proactive health. Thus, it's been really nice to have the afternoons off to walk, read, relax and prepare.
Since the nursery has been done for months, I've read ALL the books, and both of our hospital bags are packed, I've now been devoting my afternoons to preparing and freezing as many meals as possible. We'll spend four nights at the birth center and my mom is coming to visit about 10 days after Baby's due date, so I wanted to prepare enough meals to get us through the week or so before my mom can take over cooking duty.
The main problem of course is that freezers (and refrigerators) in Switzerland are SMALL. As in, you can hardly fit a few ice cube trays, let alone several weeks' worth of meals. Luckily we have another small freezer unit in the cellar, which combined with the one in our kitchen is about the size of a normal American freezer. Oh well, I'm trying to stuff as much in as possible!
Here's what I've made and frozen so far:
- Vegetable lasagne
- Sun-dried tomato meatballs
- Chicken coconut curry
- Hawaiian pizza quinoa casserole
- Teriyaki chicken casserole
- Mini mushroom quiches
- Chili (Warren actually made this one)
- Chicken artichoke soup
- Sausage kale soup
- Broccoli leek soup
- Roasted carrot ginger soup
- Lactation cookies
- Morning glory muffins
- Cookie-dough bars (which are mysteriously half eaten...I may need to make another batch)
My thought is we can defrost the soups to eat for lunches and the other dishes for dinners. We also bought quite a few meats (ground beef, chicken breasts, sausage, stew meat) to freeze and I'm going to look into having the local grocery store deliver fresh produce, eggs and yogurts. Luckily I actually enjoy cooking and was even thinking to myself that I should do this more often. Then I remembered that we'll have a new baby soon and I'll be happy just to be showered every morning!