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Use Your Freezer for Simple and Healthy Meals

The only tool you need to start eating healthier today is already in your kitchen. It’s your freezer! Often ignored and mistreated, the freezer is a box packed full of opportunity (and probably a bunch of stuff you forgot about). To help you get started here are a few simple tips.

Stock up on ingredients to make quick meals

Save time during meal prep by stocking up on frozen ingredients. With a little bit of planning, your freezer can become a versatile extension of your pantry, filled with items perfect for last-minute meal inspiration. Here are some of the freezer must-haves we love:

Vegetables: Stock up on frozen vegetables, like peas, spinach and corn. You’ll have options when your produce drawer is empty, and since many bags of frozen veggies come pre-chopped, you’ll cut down on prep time.

Fruits: Keep plenty of frozen fruits on hand, especially blueberries and strawberries. You never know when you’ll need to satisfy a smoothie craving.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough: Be ready for pizza nights by freezing extra dough. Whole wheat pizza dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Simply thaw for 24 hours, then you’re ready to bake your next masterpiece.

Nuts: Chop and freeze your favorite bulk nuts for a quick, healthy addition to salads and pasta dishes.

Fish: Frozen fish fillets which come in individually vacuum-sealed packages can be the basis of your entire meal. Simply let fillets thaw overnight and you’ll be ready to cook an amazing, nutritious meal.

Make and freeze big batches of soup

Pull a delicious homemade soup out of the freezer and dinner’s ready in minutes. Try it the next time you make your favorite soup. Prepare more than you need and store extra in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Then simply re-heat on the stovetop when you’re in need of a quick meal.

Check out this helpful USDA Freezer Storage Chart and start planning for more healthy meals on your next shopping trip.

Upgrade your fast and easy options

Look, we get it. Some days you just don’t want to cook, or you simply don’t have the time. So what do you do?

If you’re like most people, your backup plan is a lackluster option with uninspiring flavor and/or little nutritional value. That’s what inspired us to create EatingWell™ frozen entrées. The same attention to deliciousness you’ve come to expect from EatingWell® magazine is now available in your freezer aisle!

In minutes you can be devouring a plate of Korean Inspired Beef exploding with vibrant colors and flavors, or savoring our spectacularly creamy Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese. Every single EatingWell™ frozen entrée starts with 1 full cup of vegetables and at least 13 grams of protein. Best of all, each entrée is plated by hand with real, wholesome ingredients so your meal tastes fresh and flavorful.

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