If freezer meals are your jam, working with the properly frozen produce straight from the store is often the easiest option. One of the many budgetary benefits of freezing food, however, is that it lets you keep fresh food from going to waste. Whether you’ve got a bumper crop of peas in the garden or a bunch of odds and ends that need using up, it’s worth knowing how to use your freezer to get the best bang for your buck.
When you’re making freezer meals, one of the handiest things about them is not having to process your protein. You can save costs by buying bigger packs of meat when they’re on sale and save time by preparing them all at once. You can save time and money by cooking a big bag of beans at once and freezing them in batches to add to recipes later. For texture and safety, you’ll get the most out of this method by following a few basic guidelines.
Freezer meals are an awesome option to work into your weekly cooking routine. You won’t use them every night. You might not even use them every week. When you do need a quick meal, however, you’ll be glad you worked a bit ahead. This week, we’ll talk about what goes into a balanced single-dish meal.
Don’t miss the tips in our series that walk you through planning a freezer meal, freezing protein, and freezing produce! This recipe roundup offers some delicious ideas for making your freezer work hard to save you time and money.
Spiralized noodles have become something of an internal conundrum for us at Guiding Stars. The whole craze started with zoodles, which are, of course, zucchini noodles, but you can spiralize so many things! And it would make no sense to call all of them zoodles, right? Tell someone they need to make zoodles, but out of sweet potatoes, and the conversation goes immediately downhill. Who can make sense of that? It’s only moderately more helpful to tell someone to make spoodles, of course, because the term hasn’t been standardized through use. We, in a spirit of helpfulness, propose the following A-Z guide to help people navigate the nutritious delights available from eating oodles of voodles and froodles.