Pass the (Frozen) Peas please! Rev up your palates, it’s time to transform mealtime in honor of National Frozen Food Month. Start with expert food advice on the art of making simple recipes that are fully loaded with flavor and deliver on expectations for quality and taste. Save time while making good on serving home-cooked meals for your family. Find the value in your freezer, this month and all year long.
More than 60% of respondents in a recent NFRA survey said frozen vegetables were their number one go-to item in the frozen food aisle, but don’t forget there over 3,700 different, tasty food options! Go beyond the basics on some family favorites with some tips from chef, new dad and recipe developer Billy Parisi:
· Top off your skillet or casserole dish full of potpie goodness with a sheet of puff pastry for a flaky, tender crust.
· Break out of the norm, frozen shrimp is a perfect alternative to chicken, add to a soup or spice up an appetizer.
· Sear frozen hash browns in a little olive oil seasoned with a salt and pepper or make it a main course by folding in some cooked crispy bacon or ham with bell peppers and onions.
Foodie Bracketology. This month’s madness shouldn’t be limited to the basketball court. Follow the #FrozenChefMadness as dad bloggers compete to create frozen food masterpieces. See what dishes make the elite #EatSixteen and #FinalFare to recreate fan favorites in the kitchen.
CONVENIENCE FOR EVERY OCCASION
To avoid the temptation of ordering in, make sure the freezer is stocked with go-to ingredients that can bring a complete meal to the table. For example, a frozen Healthy Choice Oven Roasted Chicken entrée paired with a side of Seasoned Green Giant Vegetables is a quick, convenient meal that can be on standby for any night of the week. Need more inspiration during March frozen food month?
Entertain at a Moment’s Notice. Discover frozen food ideas across all day parts with flavor in every bite: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and dessert. Find practical solutions to common mealtime challenges on the recipe section of EasyHomeMeals.com.
Easy Home Meals Blog is NOW LIVE to help you find real solutions for your real life needs. In addition to the Easy Home Meals team, you’ll be hearing from chefs, foodies and our industry partners’ culinary experts. Be sure to follow the Cool Food Panel—influential, third-party storytellers—who are sharing recipes, stories, videos and tips throughout the year.
Make Mealtime Magic. (COMING SOON!) A “home cooked” meal takes an average of 34 minutes “hands-on time” and 52 minutes in total prep time; save more than an hour each week by incorporating frozen combinations into your mealtime prep with this visual infographic and Huffington Post slideshow of how to conquer the frozen food aisle.
Frozen foods offer great value, from perfectly-portioned meals to ingredients and produce that leave nothing to waste, while meeting a wide variety of tastes and menu needs. Did you know:
· Frozen foods are picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen, sometimes right on the field, locking in all the beneficial nutrients and keeping them in their perfect, just-picked state.
· Frozen fruits and vegetables are equally nutritious as their fresh and canned counterparts.
· Freezing acts as a natural preservative, so many of your favorite frozen foods contain no preservatives.
· Frozen fruits and vegetables, properly blanched and packaged for the freezer can be stored for 8-12 months.
 University of California Center for Excellence in Fruit & Vegetable Quality
 www.Culinary.net http://www.culinary.net/articlesfeatures/FeatureDetail.aspx?ID=1547
 National Center for Home Food Preservation http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/freezer_shelf_life.html