During those first weeks with your new bundle of joy, the last thing you'll want to do is spend time in the kitchen. We've gathered up 10 easy and delicious, make-ahead freezer meals from across the web. Simply freeze for later when you’re busy snuggling your sweet new baby!

Carnitas, Houston style

Carnitas, Houston style

Make a batch (or two!) of this carnitas recipe and freeze it in dinner-sized portions for quick tacos or burritos -- once your baby is born and you're blurry eyed from lack of sleep. You can't go wrong with shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa and this perfectly seasoned pork!

Visit Homesick Texan for the details on how to make this recipe for delicious carnitas recipe. >>

Mexican lasagna

Mexican lasagna

Rachel, our own food and wine expert, has taken traditional lasagna and given it a Mexican twist. You'll love the way the refried beans, cumin and corn come together in this simple dish!

Get Rachel's Mexican lasagna freezer meal on Rachel Voorhees. >>

Tomato soup with pesto

Tomato soup with pesto

Freeze this rich tomato soup in single portions, then thaw and top with store-bought pesto for a quick lunch that's packed with fresh flavors. This is comfort food at its most delicious!

Head over to In These Small Moments for the full recipe for this tasty tomato soup. >>

Crock pot chicken enchilada soup

Crock-pot chicken enchilada soup

If heartburn plagued you the way it does with so many pregnant women -- and you had to stick with tame food choices -- you'll likely be craving food that's packed with flavor once the baby arrives.

For the healthy details on this flavorful crock-pot chicken enchilada soup freezer meal recipe, visit Skinny Taste. >>

Turkey chili

Turkey chili

You can't go wrong with a huge batch of chili. We think that Rachel's version with three different types of beans is a great way to get the protein you need to recover from giving birth -- and to fuel you through those early weeks with your newborn.

For Rachel's turkey chili recipe, head over to Rachel Voorhees. >>

chicken chili

Chicken chili

In just 30 minutes, you can make a huge batch of this chicken chili that will provide you with countless quick meals after the baby arrives. Bursting with flavors of lime, cumin and green chiles, you'll love this chili, the perfect freezer meal!

Visit Mom Got Blog for the details on how to make this delicious bowl of comfort. >>

Chicken parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

For homemade chicken Parmesan in no time at all, follow this recipe through -- but stop before adding the croutons. Simply add them once you've thawed this dish and you're ready to put it in the oven.

For the simple recipe for this healthy take on baked chicken Parmesan, visit Merry with Children. >>

Smoke cheddar and blue cheese brisket macaroni and cheese

Smoke cheddar and blue cheese brisket macaroni and cheese

If you've missed eating blue cheese as much as I did during my pregnancies, you'll love having this smoked cheddar and blue cheese brisket macaroni and cheese just waiting for you after you have your baby. Just follow this recipe, but pop it in the freezer before baking.

To make this smoked cheddar and blue cheese macaroni and cheese, visit Sarah, one of our own allParenting foodies, on her blog Sarah's Cucina Bella. >>

Buffalo-spiked chicken meatballs

Buffalo-spiked chicken meatballs

Here's another dish that's filled with flavors you likely had to give up during your pregnancy. Bring your taste buds back to life with the spicy sauce and cool blue cheese in this great dish.

For the full recipe for these Buffalo-spiked chicken meatballs, visit Sarah on Sarah's Cucina Bella. >>

Fully loaded Tex Mex sliders

Fully loaded Tex-Mex sliders

To supplement your soup, stew and casserole stash, whip up a batch of these turkey patties. Individually wrap them and pop them in the freezer. When you're craving a burger, all you'll need is a hamburger bun and some toppings.

You can find this recipe for these Tex-Mex sliders from another one of our foodies, Donna, right here on allParenting. >>


Helpful Tip^ When you prep these freezer meals (after the baby arrives), use a marker to write your heating directions directly on the foil so you don't have to go looking for them when you're ready to pop them in the oven.

More great simple meals

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Grilled breaded chicken sandwich
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