March is the national month for frozen foods and we are here to change your mind! Frozen food does not have to be unhealthy or less tasty than fresh foods. On the contrary, actually! So celebrate with seven great ideas on how to save money, save time and make your life easier – but just as healthy – by taking full advantage of your freezer.
Prepare Frozen Food Meals for Simple Weeknight Dinners
It's no better feeling than having a meal ready and waiting for you after a long day, but most of us do not have personal chefs to make this possible. Do not worry, the answer to your food chaos is a frozen make-ahead dinner.
Here are some of our favorite recipes that will help make your weekday meals child's play:
Oven-baked Chicken Strips
Bacon Turkey Burgers
Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Buy in bulk, freeze the rest
If you're near a warehouse like Sam's Club or Costco, you can save a lot of money by You buy bulk food and freeze what you can not use right away. From butter to bread to ground beef, there are many foods that can be frozen. This saves you time in the store and money in your bank account! Here is a great list of foods that you can freeze and even surprise you.
Buy meat from your local butcher for the whole year
This option is only for lovers of beef! If you have a freezer, you may want to buy a whole or a partial cow. When you buy meat from a local butcher, you not only save money, but you also get more quality meat from a local source that you can trust.
Freeze your leftovers
After peeling and preparing your vegetables Do not throw away those delicious shreds! Freeze them instead! Store all leftover vegetables in a freezer bag and store them until you are ready. Sounds heavy? It is not! Making your own products is pretty easy, read the article by The Kitchn for making vegetable soups here.
Making Your Own Smoothie Blends
Smoothies are a great way to start your morning or to get a good workout. Getting a smoothie from your favorite spot can be expensive. So why not use the freezer and store smoothie packs instead? If you prepare a little smoothie in advance, you have filled perfectly portioned freezer bags with your favorite mix to quickly throw them into your blender. Add your favorite berries, avocados, leafy greens and bananas – whatever floats your smoothie boat and add individual quartz-sized freezer bags. When you're ready to make a smoothie, just add your blender along with your favorite milk, protein powder or nut butter!
Use your ice cube trays in a unique way
You can buy fresh herbs expensive and wasting them is never fun. In order not to unnecessarily throw away herbs, you should freeze them with an ice cube container in olive oil! You always have fresh herbs on hand, ready for the recipe you want to prepare.
Make-ahead Meatballs or Burger Patties
Of course, you can buy commercially-bought versions of meatballs and burgers – but you can also make your own, ensuring the best taste while saving you money. If you cut off a great deal ahead of time, you can spice up a week-long dinner quickly and avoid going through the passage.
What's the best way to use your freezer?
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