Favorite Freezer Finds

If you’ve been following peeled for a while, you already know about my feelings on frozen veggies. They’re pretty enthusiastic feelings.

The secret to healthy eating success may be hiding in the back of your freezer

The secret to healthy eating success may be hiding in the back of your freezer

Almost all of my recipes call for some form of veggie, and in most cases I’m adding them from the freezer. I actually keep very few veggies in my refrigerator- I need to save room for more important things like cream cheese. The vast majority of vegetables we eat live in the freezer; it’s a chilly existence but I have 3 strong reasons why I buy them this way:

  1. Frozen vegetables are cheaper than fresh veggies; making them a great way to save money when eating healthy.

  2. Vegetables typically have better nutrition when eaten from frozen rather than fresh. Fresh produce loses nutrients the longer it sits at the supermarket, where as frozen produce maintains all of its peak nutrition.

  3.  Convenience is key. I can always keep chopped frozen veggies on hand to throw in dishes without having to worry about them spoiling.

If it wasn’t for storing perfectly diced peppers and onions or pre-chopped spinach and kale, I know that many of my vegetable add-ins simply wouldn’t happen. I’m not bashing fresh produce- truly fresh produce has amazing health benefits, especially when it’s grown locally. Since I’m cooking for just the two of us, I find that frozen veggies just work better. It takes literally 1 minutes to grab a bag of frozen veg and toss it into whatever I’m cooking. Things like frozen diced peppers and onion, peas, corn, or chopped spinach thaw almost instantly in a hot skillet. If I’m cooking in the Crockpot it’s even better! Once your meal is hot and ready the frozen vs fresh difference is undetectable, and such a huge money and time saver!

Make sure to check the ingredients- most varieties should have your vegetable as the ONLY ingredient!

Make sure to check the ingredients- most varieties should have your vegetable as the ONLY ingredient!

If you’re looking to increase your veggie intake, odds are you don’t have to change the types of meals you’re used to eating. Try sneaking some veggie power into dishes you already know and love! Here are some of my favorite dishes to sneak in some frozen veggie loving:

Crunched on time but dying for stuffed peppers? Whip this up in 30 minutes or less!

Crunched on time but dying for stuffed peppers? Whip this up in 30 minutes or less!

I get my Mexican food fix by amping up the veggie content in this dish

I get my Mexican food fix by amping up the veggie content in this dish

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Frozen spinach brings this dish to life!

Summers are unpredictable  and unavoidably busy (in all the good ways). I find my meal plans falling through more often than ever this time of year, in lieu of impromptu poolside gatherings and cookouts. I’m not complaining. Staying in check is all about convenience for us right now, and frozen veggies have been my always-on-hand lifesaver. Have a happy and healthy weekend, and don’t forget to check out your supermarket’s freezer steals!

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8 thoughts on “Favorite Freezer Finds

  1. I never eat frozen veggies. I don’t know why I never got into it, but I should really start. I have thrown out so much produce in my past because I don’t get around to eating it before it goes bad. This seems like such an easier alternative.

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  2. I always keep frozen corn, broccoli and peas on hand but man…I forget about things like peppers and spinach! Those tend to go bad on my when I buy them fresh. So convenience, better nutrients and no spoiling?! I’m in! I think I’ll be working on getting a bigger veggie variety in my freezer now.

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