Using Your Freezer’s Produce Section

Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry - 2 Guiding Stars

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.

Oatmeal, batters & more: Frozen berries, especially in the off season, are ideal for boosting batters, oatmeal, yogurt, and more to give these foods an antioxidant boost.

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.

7 Minute Vegetable Soup

7 Minute Vegetable Soup

Three Guiding Stars iconThree Guiding Stars indicate the best nutritional value. Frozen veggies become a meal quickly with this soup

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Red Pepper Green Beans

Red Pepper Green Beans

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. Frozen green beans work beautifully in this quick side.

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Pepper Chicken Stir Fry

Pepper Chicken Stir Fry

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. This easy dish can be made from freezer staples.

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Baked Potatoes Primavera

Baked Potatoes Primavera

Three Guiding Stars iconThree Guiding Stars indicate the best nutritional value. Top a baked potato with your favorite frozen veggie mix.

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Broccoli, Garlic, and Lemon Penne.

Broccoli, Garlic, and Lemon Penne

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. Add frozen broccoli or another vegetable to pasta for a quick meal.

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