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Got a Bun in the Oven? Put Some Buns in the Oven — 3 Recipes to Make Before Baby Arrives

Never skip dinner again with this advice from dietitian and mom Autumn Hoverter

You’re pregnant and sometimes rolling out of bed in the morning is all you can handle. Well, in news that’s likely no news to you, things aren’t going to ease up once your baby arrives. That’s why we recommend doing a little prep work. Namely, stock up on easy-to-make dinners that don’t come from the frozen food section.

Cooking? Now?!  We get it. It seems like the very last thing you want to do but believe us, putting in a little time in the kitchen (or, better yet, commissioning your partner to do it) pays off. Just ask Autumn Hoverter, a Seattle-based dietitian and mother of 2-year-old Teo.

Inspired by her pregnancy, Hoverter and her husband, Ben, wrote Before Baby: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making and Freezing Meals Before Your Newborn Makes Cooking Impossible. Chock-full of food safety, meal planning and other dietary advice, Before Baby features recipes that pack a nutritional punch without being complicated. The even better news: They freeze well.

Imagine this: It’s 2 p.m. and you can’t remember the last time you slept, let alone ate. Your baby is finally down for a nap but if you make too much noise in the kitchen, that blissful alone time won’t be so alone. If you’ve followed Before Baby’s advice, however, cooking is as simple as opening the freezer.

Sound appetizing? Hoverter offered a sample of her recipes to get you started. Read on for masala lentil dip, traditional beef stew and coconut chicken soup plus new parenting insight from Hoverter. 

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