Second C-section coming up. Any good advice on meals and meal plans?

Davaline - posted on 08/17/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Second C-section coming up. Any good advice on meals and meal plans? We'll be a family of 5 come Nov 2011.

not looking forward to going up and down a flight of stairs after having a c-section. and looking for ways to minimize this, such as a meal plan for about 4 to 7 days. something easy my husband can just throw in the oven or microwave. That I can cook in advance.

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Suze - posted on 08/19/2011

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Soups, casseroles that can be frozen ahead and popped into the oven, meatloaf - soooo easy to make ahead, bake 350 for about 90 minutes. Pop in potatoes to bake along with the meat loaf and add green beans to meal. Let mom come and help - and the other grandma (they likely will offer - I ended up with a nice month of help! Woo hoo! i didn't like how my MIL cleaned - but today, would realize that's not a detail that is all that important. Funny how time changes perspective. Sandwiches and eggs and oatmeal are simple to make and you all can live on them for a while - your husband should be able to handle that. If he doesn't know now, he can learn. Use paper plates and throw away cups and silver wear. This is not the time to worry about the planet, in my opinion.

BTW, plan for a month - just in case. But I found I was feeling pretty good within about two weeks - but my friend didn't feel all that great for four or so weeks. But I'd also been doing exercises prior to the hospitalization - and that may have well made a big difference in my recovery. Or I just got lucky.

BTW, Stouffers makes wonderful family meals that can be heated in the oven or microwave. And friends were great, bringing over casserole meals. Let people know you're more than willing to accept help.

Tara - posted on 08/17/2011

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I did lasagna, chili, spaghetti sauce, chicken soup, mini meatloaves and dinner buns. My mom came down to help watch my daughter and I spent a day cooking and loading up my freezer.

When it was done, I wrote out cooking/microwaving instructions for everything in case my husband had to do it for me :)

You could also do stew, but I usually leave out the potatoes when I do stew because they can get a really sandy texture when frozen. Then all you have to do is have hubby cut some chunks of potato to throw in the stew while it reheats, or you could even buy those silly McCain bags of pre-diced potatoes that people get when they don't want to go through the effort of cooking their own for mashed potatoes.

Steff - posted on 08/17/2011

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make huge crock pots of chilli, stew, bolognaise sauce etc, and freeze into meal sized portions. you could also make meatloaf up and freeze them - I've lined loaf pans with aluminum before, then frozen the meatloaf, removed them from the pans, and have ready to cook meatloaf.

Brianna - posted on 08/17/2011

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make some lasagna's and freeze them, make meatballs cook them on cookie sheets then after there done but the pans with meatballs on them into freezer so that the meatballs freeze and dont stick together then the next say but all the meat balls into a big plasic bag in the freeze this was u can just grab as many meatballs u need for supper and warm them up easily, also purhase before u csection buy a roast and some carrots and potato and then all u have to do is get ur hubby to throw all that in a slow cooker with a lil water and spices and let it cook all day and its a easy supper and might be enough to eat for to nights, for google and find some cassrole recipes that u can freeze and just throw in the oven for supper

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