Easy Meals to Make From Your Freezer
Making sure you and your family eat right can be a daunting task. It can feel like it takes loads of extra planning, time and effort. It’s time to work smarter, not harder. Do Future You a favour with our 4 Easy Meals to Make From Your Freezer—and for it! It’s a great way to save money, live better, and get more time back in your day.
Using your freezer can help you:
- Skip another trip to the store.
- Enjoy fresh produce year-round, no matter the season.
- Make and save meals for heat-and-eat convenience later (less work for Future You!).
- Simplify dinner time and eat healthy, easily.
Eating fruits and vegetables plays an important role in preventing disease and maintaining your family’s overall health¹. Farm-fresh produce is always best when you can get it. But most fresh produce arrives at the store several days to weeks after it’s harvested. Depending on the season and the fruit or vegetable, produce may have to be shipped across the world. And along the way, a lot of their nutrition is lost. Frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen almost immediately after they’re picked, so they keep more of their nutrients—and flavour—for longer.¹
And that means frozen fruits and veggies aren’t just convenient time-savers. They also offer as much—or more—nutrition than fresh. So don’t be afraid to sub in frozen any meal of the year!
These meals are designed to be easy, quick, and healthy. Every recipe can be made from fresh ingredients or from freezer staples. Or made ahead and frozen for busy weeknights when you don’t have time to cook.
Take these 4 easy-to-make freezer-friendly meals for a taste test with your family!
Spice things up with our Mexi-Lasagna: a Tex-Mex Tortilla Bake made with flavourful layers of hearty, comforting goodness. With this recipe, you can get from whole veggies to wholesome meal in about 30 minutes—perfect for busy families who need full bellies to keep up with a full schedule. Try using frozen veggie fajita mix. It eliminates chopping and is a healthy and convenient time-saver. Make an extra batch for the freezer and you’ve got a freezer-friendly fusion meal that’s ready to eat in a flash.
Frozen berries capture the freshness of summer all year long. This delightfully simple DIY Raspberry Chia Jam recipe calls for frozen berries—a common smoothie staple—which means you can make jam even when fresh-from-the-field berries aren’t available. Cutting down on refined sugar? Our homemade Raspberry Jam is sweetened with maple syrup. Try it on a slice of Sprouted Power™ Steady Eddie bread (we use organic apples instead of sugar for this bread!).
Speaking of spreads, try this edamame spread you can make ahead. It’s easy to make and a refreshing twist to help break out of a hummus rut. Try it as an extra-healthy after-school snack on toast, or a delicious movie night dip with veggies or tortilla chips.
Our Sprouted Lentil Loaf Recipe with 3 Easy Sauce Options is where comfort meets convenience. This hearty, healthy, and happy dish is bursting with flavours of nostalgia, while also calling upon staple kitchen ingredients for a make-ahead and freezer-friendly meal. (Make them in muffin pans for grab-and-heat convenience!) Because of the sprouted lentils, this dish takes a few days to prepare. Start ahead of the weekend and make an extra batch for the freezer, and your family will be set for easy healthy meals any night of the week.
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1 Bouzari, A., Holstege, D., Barrett, D., Vitamin Retention in Eight Fruits and Vegetables: A Comparison of Refrigerated and Frozen Storage. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2015, 63, 957-962. Available from: https://ucanr.edu/sites/Postharvest_Technology_Center_/files/225618.pdf, accessed February 24, 2021.