By Melanie Fincher

What's the best gift to give new parents? A well-stocked freezer.

When you're preparing for the arrival of a new baby, you probably have more on your mind than what's for dinner. But making freezer meals ahead of time will be a serious game changer when the baby arrives. Not only is it the perfect solution for new moms on bed rest, but it also saves new parents time (because getting food on the table is hard enough without a newborn). Know some new parents who could use the help? Making one of these freezer meals to gift to new parents is a practical way to show you care.

Wondering how to prep and reheat these freezer meals? Follow our instructions for how to safely freeze, thaw, and reheat foods. A smart way to get the most out of your ingredients is to make a double batch for dinner and freeze half for later. Get started on your arsenal of pre-made meals with these 15 make-ahead freezer meals for new moms.

1. Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce

Reviewer diochick says, "This recipe is absolutely fantastic. While it may seem like a lot of work to the uninitiated it is completely worth every second. I didn't change a thing it's perfect the way it is. This has become a staple in my house. It freezes well and even storing in the fridge as leftovers, reheats superbly." Serve this over rice for no-fuss, make-ahead Indian cuisine.

2. Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Mexican night just got simple with these enchiladas that can be made ahead of time. Reviewer Dana Hume Turnbulls says, "EXCELLENT! This did take a little extra time, but so worth it! I added a little red enchilada sauce over the top before putting in the oven. This recipe is worth making extra and freezing for later use."

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3. Easy Vegetable Pot Pie

Recipe creator KDCG says, "This pie takes only a few minutes of preparation time. The filling is made using a can of cream soup and a can of mixed vegetables mixed with a little thyme. The kids are sure to love this savory pastry."

4. Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini Deluxe

"Cooked chicken or turkey breast, pasta, veggies, sherry and broth with creamy and cheesy elements, all baked into a classic. This casserole is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken. Delicious and freezes well too," says recipe creator DACLKG.

5. Quiche Supreme

You're going to want to have several frozen breakfast dishes on hand too. This quiche recipe is loaded with green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, ham and cheese. Recipe creator prissycat says, "This quiche recipe is the best! It is easy to make and tastes SO delicious! Freezes well after it is baked. Use ham, bacon or sausage, or any combination thereof!"

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6. Neat Sloppy Joes

Have some extra buns on hand to go with these make-ahead sloppy joes. Recipe creator AUNT MAMIE says, "No green pepper in this recipe, so it's a hit with kids. We added this to the menu at a children's camp, and it has been a favorite for several years. The mixture is thick, so they are 'neat' rather than sloppy. This freezes and reheats well."

7. Chicken Spaghetti III

This hearty, comfort food dish will be a moment of bliss in your hectic new schedule. Recipe creator bdld says. "Shredded chicken and spaghetti stirred into a mixture of melted cheese, green onion, tomatoes, red and green chile peppers and creamy mushroom soup...Also, this dish freezes well. Serve with garlic bread, if desired."

8. Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham, and Potatoes

Do all the prep work for this slow cooker meal ahead of time, and freeze the ingredients. When you're ready to partake, allow the ingredients to thaw overnight and throw them into the slow cooker the next morning. Come home to a warm, home-cooked meal with little to no effort.

9. Bacon Cheese Frittata

Freeze this dish for a hearty breakfast that requires little prep work. Reviewer naples34102 says, "Five stars for taste, ease of preparation and aesthetic appeal. So versatile! Add whatever you might put in an omelet or scrambled eggs. Great way to use up vegetables in the fridge too!"

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10. Lasagna Roll Ups

Use tofu to make this an entirely vegetarian dish! Recipe creator BETTIE says, "This is a good freeze and eat later meal. It uses tofu, but you'd never know it! My cooking co-op loved this recipe! You can individually freeze the roll ups on a cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag."

11. Chicken Spectacular

Rice, chicken, onion, green beans, and water chestnuts make up this spectacular casserole. Reviewer CAMPPJTPATTYL says, "After I assembled the casserole I froze it. I thawed it and topped it with shredded cheese before baking. It was delicious. I highly recommend this recipe if you want a casserole to freeze for later."

12. Chicken Quesadillas

These quesadillas require little prep but bring a lot of flavor. Recipe creator Heather says, "This is a great recipe for parties. I freeze the leftovers; they reheat quite well. The zesty chicken and cooked peppers are a succulent delight when mixed with the melted cheeses. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa."

13. Brazilian Picadillo

If you're looking for a change from the same old casseroles and soups, give this Brazilian dish a try. Recipe creator JRICE says, "My aunt introduced me to this delicious dish. In the past few years I've made changes and come up with what my family feels is the best Brazilian dish around! A great chili alternative and it freezes well."

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14. Easy Chicken Casserole

This classic chicken casserole can be made ahead of time and frozen. Chicken, cream of chicken soup, and buttery round crackers make for a dinner that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

15. Fast-and-Fabulous Egg and Cottage Cheese Casserole

Recipe creator OLGA HUNT says, "This is the easiest and best egg casserole I have tried so far. My sweet mother-in-law shared this recipe with me. I make 3 or 4 at the time and keep them in the freezer to take to gatherings, feed guests, or surprise kids. Green chilies make it pop!"

Photo by Baking Nana
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