Frozen food goes way beyond fish fingers. Frozen food ingredients range from quick-frozen vegetables, fruits, fish and meats to spices and herbs ? ingredients you can use in all kinds of dishes, and with lots of benefits.
Quick-freezing locks in freshness and nutritional goodness and frozen food help reduce waste by lasting longer in the freezer and allowing you to use the amount you need. Best of all, research has shown frozen food can save families up to £250 a year!
BritMums asked bloggers about their healthy frozen food meal ideas. Here are their top tips, below. You can also find frozen food meal and inspiration on Cool Cookery.
BritMums worked with the following bloggers and with CoolCookery.co.uk , the consumer facing brand of British Frozen Food Federation, to highlight the benefits of using frozen food. Bloggers were compensated for their time; all opinions in the posts featured are the bloggers? own.
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Mirka used a vegetable stir fry mix with chicken for a fast and health-conscious family meal.
Helen describes how her daughter loves frozen raspberries.
Jenny was so impressed so with the variety, quality and the price of frozen fish and fish fillets available in her supermarket
Mari also used fish choosing the more unusual swordfish for her dish together with a delicious sounding sauce.
Marvellous meat recipes
Victoria used frozen beef mince in her cottage pie.
Penny stocked up on venison meatballs and used mince in her chilli con carne.
Sam showed how vegetarian cooking can be helped with ingredients from the freezer. Check out her curry dish.
Wendy did the same, showing how to make vegetarian shepherd?s pie.
Using frozen spices and herbs
Helen explains how she uses frozen herbs to add taste sensations to her cooking. Check out her meatballs recipe.
Lucy is happy that you can obtain some exotic herbs for the freezer as well as items like ginger and garlic. Check out her spectacular spinach pie recipe.
Locked in freshness and nutritional goodness
Bintu at Recipe from a Pantry was impressed that food from the freezer can be fresher than the apparently fresh food available in the shops. Check out her broccoli cauliflower cheese.
Fast food preparation
Amy discovered that having mash and chopped onions in the freezer helps speed up meal preparation.
Lucinda reckons she can prepare a tempting fish pie in less than 60 seconds and can then settle down with a tipple whilst it cooks.
Reducing food waste
Food lasts longer in the freezer, which means you can keep to hand the ingredients you need, using the right amount and saving the rest for another day.
Liz asks how often we end up throwing out stuff from our fridge that we have not had chance to use before it is past its best. Check out her recipes for baked cod and carrot and coriander soup.
Becky hates food waste and cooked up a tasty vegetarian Cumberland pie.
Sarah describes how you can save money by putting anything that is reduced in the freezer to preserve it. Check out her Thai prawn curry with clams dish.
Elizabeth shared four frugal freezer recipes.
Check out Penny?s vlog on the perfect Sunday roast direct from your freezer.
Try Helen?s quick-and-easy 7-minute minted scallops with vegetables and buttery mash
Sit down to a classic with Kirsty?s favourite family easy fish pie
Drink something healthy with Claire?s coconut, mango and basil smoothie.
Discover more healthy meal ideas in the BritMums Magazine Food & Drink section
About Kate Davis-Holmes
Kate Davis-Holmes is a writer and blogger. She is married with 3 children. After obtaining a law degree from Cambridge University, Kate spent 20 years working in local and national organisations. She has experience of project management. media relations, events organisation, advice-giving and the facilitation of learning groups. Kate?s interests include bargain-hunting, reading, travelling and cookery. She has a passion for helping good causes and seeing women get a fairer deal in society.