When dad pulls on the apron and get’s his cook on…
Bringing our little man into the world went a lot better than either Mrs.D or I thought it would go. Within a couple of days of Taylor popping out to say hello, we were home and getting settled into life as new parents. What really helped with the transition from hospital to home be so easy, was the fact that we didn’t have to worry about meals, as they had already been cooked.
A few weeks before Taylors due date, Anj read an article about the advantage of having meals ready for the first few weeks as parents. In all honesty, I didn’t think it would be that big a deal to just cook dinner as we normally did, but let me tell you, I was wrong. You really do want to make life as easy as possible when there is a little person around and being able to grab a meal from the freezer and throwing it in the oven is as easy as it comes.
So, I thought about the best meals which could be cooked in bulk and frozen into individual meals for two. The majority of the meals ended up being minced beef based, basically because it’s cheap to buy in bulk and it’s also the basis for most of my favourite meals; chilli con carne, cottage pie and lasagna. I also tried to throw in as many veggies as I could into these meals, just so there would be at least one meal of our day with some nutritional value…that buice (boob juice) has to get nutrients from somewhere right?
It only took a few hours in the kitchen to blitz my way through the various meals and get them pre cooked. To be fair, I love to cook, so this wasn’t much of a challenge for me, but if you’re not a budding naked chef, please do persevere, as the effort is worth it. By the end of my marathon cooking session, there were around 24 meals in foil containers, cooling down to be thrown in the freezer. We’re fortunate that we have a large upright freezer in our garage, but even if you can just get a few meals ready for “post baby coming into the world” you will some major brownie points.