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  •  Yeah, before the baby comes, I'm planning to (3+ / 0-)
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    do make-ahead meals by freezing them. Like the chicken pasties that I like to make, the lasagna spinach rollups, and lots of soup. So that way we can just reheat them in the oven or microwave while I'm breastfeeding.

    http://www.sophistimom.com/...

    I use the Wholly Wholesome Organic Pie Dough and rotisserie chicken leftovers as a shortcut in this recipe.

    •  Hey Slink. Some foods don't freeze/reheat well. (4+ / 0-)

      I found this out a few years ago when my Grandparents started needing help. Every couple of months, some of the family would pick a weekend and cook, then portion and freeze those portions so all my grandparents had to do was defrost and reheat a fresh meal.

      Before you create a full batch of any of your favorites (depending on expense too), you might want to try a smaller portion, freeze it and then defrost/reheat and see how it does.

      One thing we found that never seemed to do well freezing and reheating was rice in a soup.

      Great to hear you're planning to breastfeed. My ex did with our children and it was the best thing for them. If you haven't already, I would suggest getting some input from local breastfeeding support groups on pumps/machines too.

      We always thought out choice was the best one for our children, but it was amazing to us how many people were actually very uncomfortable with breastfeeding.

      Good Luck!

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      by Vayle on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:25:55 AM PST

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    •  slinkerwink coincidently we went to a great (1+ / 0-)
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      informative Meetup here in Santa Fe last night that had some great alternative dishes for sampling:

      November 15, 2012 6:00 PM. 16 attended.
      Food Demo AND a Movie

          Rae and JC will demo preparing easy healthy snack foods and beverages with ingredients provided by Whole Foods Market. Following the demo, we will all enjoy them during the movie.

          Get "vegucated"at this FREE screening of the award-winning documentary, Vegucated. Follow the serious and sometimes comedic journey of 3 volunteers, found on Craigslist, who try going veg for 6 weeks. Note: After the film, we will update you on the current status of the 3 volunteers!

          Can't make the demo, but want to see the film. Stop in by 7PM.

          Please bring a family member or friend to this film. It's that good!

      They made some great tasting vegan dishes pretty quickly, and that film which included a mother and her two kids was inspiring.....
      Vegucated
      www.getvegucated.com/
      Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six ...
      Synopsis - Latest News - Rent/Buy Digitally - Take the Vegucated Challenge
      Rae and J.C. are the founders of Plant Peace Daily....

      http://www.plantpeacedaily.org/

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      by divineorder on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:53:16 AM PST

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    •  .... (2+ / 0-)
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      Looking back, since my kids are in their 30s now, I cherish the time I spent with them far more that the time cooking.  

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