With fewer trips to the store, the need to stock up on frozen fruits and veggies is greater than ever. Today’s supermarket is packed with a plethora of frozen packaged produce so that it can still be on your plate, in your smoothie and flavoring your oatmeal even when you aren’t able to visit your farmers’ market or fresh department at your local store.
Frozen fruits and vegetables can be used in an array of dishes and recipes.
Soups or stews: Add frozen veggies straight from the freezer. (They will defrost quickly.)
Smoothies: Add frozen fruit in place of ice to both thicken and chill a smoothie.
Recipe starters and sides: Frozen foods like riced cauliflower, spiralized veggie noodles, artichokes, pearled onions, and edamame help you round out meals or add quick protein to salads, sides, and more.
Get the most out of your frozen fruits and vegetables.
Steam-in-bag veggies, which cook veggies in minutes or order a microwave steamer, are also very useful for quickly cooking frozen veggies.
You’re not missing any nutrition. Frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh and rated with 3 Guiding Stars! That said, avoid frozen fruits and veggies that are prepared with sauces, butters, or any sugar.
Make your own! If fruits or vegetables in your own freezer are beginning to turn, wash and freeze them to reduce waste and have frozen produce on hand when you need it.