Whether you need to stock up on heat-and-eat after-school snacks for the kids or you need help and inspiration with preparing faster meals for busy weeknights, quality frozen foods are indispensable to busy cooks. Here are some freezer must-haves and recipes that use frozen foods for undeniably delicious meals.
Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
When it comes to flash freezing fruits and vegetables, many of their nutrients are preserved because they are frozen within just a few hours after being picked at their peak of freshness. Cleaned, cut, and frozen fruits and vegetables free up prep time, providing you the opportunity to focus on other tasks at hand. This scrumptious Triple Berry Crumble from Tastes Lovely is made with frozen mixed berries and can be prepped to go into the oven within 10 minutes.
With packaged frozen meats most of the prep work—the cleaning and trimming—is already completed, which saves you time in the kitchen. This Easy Sheet Pan Dinner Using Frozen Chicken Tenders from Eat at Home is so simple and savory. All you need to do is place the frozen chicken tenders on the on the sheet pan then bake! Butternut squash and Brussels sprouts get baked alongside the chicken for a complete meal. Your freezer should always be stocked with meats and poultry like chicken breasts, breaded chicken tenders, meatballs and other ready-to-cook proteins for fast meals full of great flavor.
From coconut breaded butterfly shrimp to wild caught halibut, frozen seafood makes meal prep easy and is a great choice for healthy eating. Many fishing companies use state-of-the-art equipment to flash freeze fish when fishing boats are in remote areas in order to preserve the quality of the fish. Packaged cod, halibut, and salmon are just three great options for super-fast and healthy suppers made with frozen foods. If you’re not sure how to cook with frozen seafood, you’ll find this article Skip the Thawing, Cook Frozen Fish Straight From the Freezer helpful, from The Kitchn. This Shrimp Gumbo recipe from Betty Crocker can be ready in 35 minutes!
Cooking with frozen foods is a smart strategy for days when you do not have the time to make meticulous meals from scratch.