During postpartum we did a combination of pre-made meals, mealtrain meals, and pre-prepped meals. Now that we’re on the other side of postpartum, we still rely on pre-prepped staples.
How We Prep:
Rather than making a bunch of meals ahead of time, we usually opt for chopping up our staple ingredients for easy & quick cooking. During postpartum we did make a lot of bone broth, some soups, and some stews for the freezer. Since we don’t have a ton of freezer space though, we wouldn’t stock up for the full 6 weeks.
Our weekly prep looks like this:
Cut 2-4 bundles of dark leafy greens into thin ribbons
Thinly chop a handful of sweet potatoes
Cut carrots into chunks & wedges - stored separately
Shred 1 head of cabbage
Roast 1-2 squash
Roast 2 heads of garlic
Roast a few sweet potatoes
Dice 2 onions
Jar of homemade sauerkraut
We also always have bone broth on hand and usually roast a chicken and crock-pot some shredded beef. After Daelu’s digestive system settled in we also added 1 head of broccoli & 1 head of cauliflower to the prep list. We just de-stem and roughly chop them.
From this combination of prepped vegetables we can easily make things like pureed squash soup, morning bowls of sweet potatoes with leafy greens & eggs, steamed cauliflower, or sauteed carrots & broccoli. We also have carrot wedges for quick snacking.
We also keep a well stocked pantry full of our favorite items which allows our cooking to flow effortlessly.
This is what you can always find in our pantry:
Black Sesame Seeds
Big Jars of Cashews, Pecans, Walnuts, and Almonds
Organic Green Powder (for quick smoothies)
Probiotic Powder or Pills
Some Quality Salt
Some type of noodle - our go to grain free options are mung bean noodles & sweet potato noodles
Simple Mills mixes like grain free bread mix and grain free pizza crust mix.
Along with these staples & pre-prepped vegetables/broths, we also like to keep a stock of lemons, limes, apples, bananas, freshly dried herbs like rosemary & thyme, and nutrient dense items like nettle leaf, kombu, maca, and cacao. I like to consider these nutrient dense items, as well as items we only eat in moderation, ‘pantry bonuses.’
Our Pantry Bonuses:
Red Raspberry Leaf
Brain Octane Oil
Refillable growler of Kombucha
Siete Grain Free Tortillas
Siete Grain Free Chips
Capello’s Grain Free Fettuccine
Simple Mills Crackers
Simple Mills or Cappello’s Grain Free Cookies