Meal Prep Before Baby’s Arrival

. June 5, 2017.

You may have heard how sanity-saving it is to prep your freezer ahead of baby’s arrival. Chef Kate Jackman, owner of Chef Kate Personal Chef Services in Ann Arbor, recommends the following recipe which is easy to cook, freeze and rewarm. It also has many child-friendly steps to involve your toddlers or older children in preparing for their new sibling’s arrival. Look for the notes included below which indicate a child-friendly step!

Black Bean Chilaquiles Serves 4-6

1 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
1 1/2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
1-15 oz. can black beans, drained
2 cups spinach, kale, or chard, rinsed, drained, and chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups tortilla chips
8 oz. cheddar cheese
2 cups salsa


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sauté onions in oil until translucent, about 7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, corn, beans, spinach, lime juice, salt and pepper. Sauté for 8-10 minutes, until greens have wilted.
  • With adult supervision, older kids can help with this step!
  • Spray an 8×8 casserole dish with cooking spray. Crush 1/3 of the chips to line the bottom. Cover the chips with the sautéed vegetables and top with half the cheese, then half the salsa. Crush the rest of the chips on top (not too fine, bigger pieces are better). Top with remaining cheese and salsa.
  • Toddlers and young kids will love spraying the dish, crushing chips, and sprinkling on the toppings. We can’t guarantee they won’t sneak a taste, though!
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.
  • Before freezing, let cool and pre-cut into portions for easier reheating. To reheat, cover the dish with foil and heat in oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until warm.