As I prepped for mom-hood freezer meals were a focus. I knew I’d be exhausted and busy, not wanting to cook much, but I did realize the extent of it! While I do wish I did a bit more freezer meal prep, I was thankful to have some pre-portioned chili, prepped pancakes and especially these meal prep breakfast burritos ready to go! The value of something you can eat in one hand is immense with a new baby at home!
Warmer weather may mean more time outside, more traveling, and less time in the kitchen. Or, maybe you’re always busy and need some reserve meals for busy mornings and weeknights. Either way, taking time to make double of almost any recipe so you can freeze it for later is a fantastic way to save time and reduce stress.
Freezer Meal Prep for Athletes
The change of season can often mean the start of a new training season for athletes, too! Before the training or competition ramps up, stocking balanced meals now can ensure you’re refueling and recovering adequately later when time is low. Weekly meal prep helps, but even that can get time consuming when you only have one off day, so a few dishes frozen away can be a big help.
Like the meals below, ensure you’re getting both carbs and significant protein after exercise. A handful of nuts or PB on an apple is not enough! Preworkout, you can focus more on carbs, which is why I always like to have pancakes or waffles in the freezer.
Intuitive Eating and Meal Prep
Intuitive eating (IE) involves honoring hunger as well as cravings – so yes, eating what you want, when you want to. This makes many people think you not only will only want to eat less nourishing foods, but also that meal prep doesn’t work since it tries to predict what you’ll want to eat. But, that’s not the case and it’s more involved (in a good way!). IE involves honoring practical hunger, not just physical and emotional hunger. It along with that embraces that every time you eat, it isn’t all about the taste and experience. Sometimes it’s just about getting some food in your body now to prevent excessive hunger later, or eating meals you generally like because they fit into your busy lifestyle without leaving you deprived.
That’s where meal prep comes in! It may not work out in the first weeks of IE for you if you’re used to meal prep as a form of rigidity and restriction, but eventually you may find cooking a pot of quinoa or extra proteins when you have time makes your life easier. Eventually, freezer meals fit in, too. You can pull them out when “nothing sounds good” or you just really need to feed yourself and your family, like, 5 minutes ago. Your eating patten will never be perfect, so just try to make it easier on yourself!
Freezer Meal and Snack Prep Ideas
While we always prep some nourishing starches and proteins in the beginning of the week or on Sundays, when my pregnancy was winding down, prepping whole meals to freeze sounded like a must, so I got to it!
Freezer Meal Prep Breakfast Burritos
The freezer meal prep breakfast burritos really stand out for how quickly they heat up, how balanced they are, and again since I can eat them with one hand. I also like that I can top with different sauces to mix up the flavor slightly. You can even unwrap, add avocado and wrap back up before eating.
Most American breakfasts lack in protein and fiber, the former obviously essential for muscle recovery, but also immune function, the latter for gut health and both for satiety. Between the eggs, beans and sprouted grain wrap, these give you plenty to start your day in a delicious and nourishing way.
You can also make them in advance and keep in the fridge for 3 days if you need them on demand, but I like variety in my breakfast so it’s nice to pull one out of the freezer randomly versus having these days in a row.
What’s your favorite make ahead meal? Share below! I need new ideas now as a new Mom!
Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos
- 1 can vegetarian refried beans
- 1 2 ounce can green chiles (optional)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or 1/3 cup shredded cheddar (optional)
- 12 eggs scrambled
- 6 sprouted or whole grain tortillas (I like Food For Life)
- 1 cup choice cooked veggies (ex: butternut squash, spinach, broccoli)
- 6 tbsp salsa
- Scramble your eggs in a large skillet.
- Stir nutritional yeast or cheese and green chiles into refried beans.
- Lay tortilla on a flat surface (after warming, if necessary to make folding easier) and spread 1/3 cup of bean mixture in the center.
- Top mixture with 2 scrambled eggs and 1/6 of the veggies and salsa.
- Roll tortilla into a burrito and place in glass container or small aluminum pan.
- Repeat with 5 other tortillas and store in freezer freezer friendly containers for up to 3 months.
- When ready to eat, heat in the microwave for 90 seconds and top with your favorite sauce or guacamole (sriracha, enchilada, hot sauce etc).