10 Recipes That Celebrate Frozen Foods

March 6th is National Frozen Food Day, and we are here to celebrate!

The holiday, which was created by President Ronald Regan in 1984, gives us the opportunity to debunk a longstanding nutritional myth—the common belief that frozen food is not good for us.

Red bell pepper portion on white backgroundIt is true that many unhealthful, processed frozen foods should be avoided.

But the act of freezing does not make a food less healthful.

When it comes to produce, fresh is typically best.

However, flash frozen fruits and vegetables may be just as nutritious.

That is because:

  • Fresh produce is picked at the peak of the season.
  • Within hours, it is rushed off to a facility where it is exposed to ultra-low temperatures.
  • The quick freezing process produces smaller ice crystals, which means less damage to the cellular structure of the produce.
  • As a result, the fiber content and nutritional value are maintained.

In fact, research shows that the speed at which nutrients are ‘locked in’ may, in some cases, make frozen foods more nutritious than their fresh counterparts.

Moreover, frozen produce is a perfect option when you are rushed for time, or when a food is not in season—it allows you to have a varied whole food, plant-based diet even during the winter.

A recent study suggests that people who consume frozen fruits and vegetables eat significantly more of both types of foods than non-consumers.  Likewise, their intake of fiber, potassium, calcium, and vitamin D is significantly higher while sodium intake is lower.

When selecting frozen produce, remember to read the label to make sure they are free of added salt, sugar, and oil.

Now that you know the truth about frozen produce, let’s celebrate National Frozen Food Day by trying out some of our favorite recipes.

They all list ingredients that can be used fresh or frozen, including peas, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, lima beans, corn, peppers, onions, berries, edamame, and even quinoa!

Happy National Frozen Food Day!

Breakfast Berry-Oatmeal Bake

Breakfast Berry-Oatmeal Bake

Total time: 30 | Serves: 2

Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl

Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl

Total time: 25 | Serves: 4

 Tofu Fried Rice

Tofu Fried Rice

Total time: 25 | Serves: 2

 Paella

Paella

Total time: 60 | Serves: 4

 Southwest Chipotle Quinoa

Southwest Chipotle Quinoa

Total time: 27 | Serves: 4

 Edamame Stir Fry

Edamame Stir Fry

Total time: 20 | Serves: 4

 Buddha’s Delight

Buddha’s Delight

Total time: 60 | Serves: 8

 Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder

Total time: 15 | Serves: 2

 Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Total time: 35 | Serves: 4-6

 Mixed Winter Vegetables

Mixed Winter Vegetables

Total time: 60 | Serves: 4-6