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Hi folks! I tried to check to make sure that there wasn't already a topic out here on this--there's a lot to go through in cooking--so my apologies if I missed anything.

 

I'm 36w 4d pregnant. I'm looking for paleo, and Whole30 compliant in particular, recipes or suggestions that are freezable and will hold up in the freezer for 1-3 months. Or have you found that most of the recipes are freezable? Or are there certain things that just don't freeze well? I'm pretty good at prepping and cooking ahead, but I've never embarked on a massive freezing project. I'd like to have the freezer stocked with breakfasts and dinners ideally for the summer, but I'll do what I can with the energy I have until the kid gets here.

 

Any thoughts? Ideas?

 

Thanks in advance folks! 

 

Nicole

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I find that most things in liquid freeze fine - stews, curries, chilli, soups etc. I've also frozen both uncooked & cooked meatballs (the cooked ones were in a tomato sauce).

Pumpkin mash (cooked pumpkin mashed with clarified butter) freezes fine too.

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I like making individual Shepard's Pie (rather my loose definition of it) it the 4 cup round Pyrex glass dishes, since you can bake in them and also microwave them. I make a batch of ground beef, some mixed veggies, and mashed cauliflower, layer then in they order in the individual containers and bake them. Then freeze them until you're ready. :) Spice the meat and veggies however you like. For the mixed veggies, I usually include some assortment of onions, mushrooms, carrots and spinach. Not traditional but whatever. It's tasty and healthy. :-)

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I work a crazy amount and the secret to having a seamless Whole30 is cooking all my meals a week in advance and refrigerating or freezing. Dishes I added fresh (and uncooked) greens or broccoli to did not do well in the freezer, but I am discovering that the curries, etc from ISWF are fridge and freezer friendly. One reason is coconut milk is freezer stable until dairy which can get weird. It goes without saying that anything mayo-based isn't going to thrive in the freezer. At the very least, you can ore-cook batches of ground beef, turkey, etc. and freezer that, then dinner will be half done. And tell your friends, coworkers, etc who want to help out to pull recipes from this site and The Clothes Make The Girl and NomNom Paleo. Good luck!

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  • 4 weeks later...

Thanks for the input y'all! The kid came 9 days early--a sweet little baby girl--and my mom and I managed to get about a week's worth of curries and meatballs cooked and frozen. Since she's been here helping the hubs and I, we haven't had to dip into the freezer stash yet. We're giving the Once a Month Mom recommendation a shot this weekend so I can have plenty stored up for when the parents leave and the hubs goes off to his annual 2 week military training. And I'm starting a Whole30 today, so we'll see how that goes, too. 

 

Thanks again for your help! I appreciate it!!

 

Nicole

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Congrats! It's not a freezer meal, but something that has been a big help to me while I Whole30 with a newborn is to bake a bunch of sweet potatoes at once. Then I peel them and stick them in a container in my fridge, and I can easily pop one out, drizzle with coconut oil, and eat to go with breakfast or lunch. I'm breastfeeding, and found I really need to have a sweet potato or plantain with breakfast, and sometimes lunch, or I get super hungry between meals.

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