Celebrate National Fruits and Veggies Month with Frozen Produce
In case you didn’t know, September is National Fruits and Veggies Month. While summer means fresh produce is easily accessible, unless you’re growing your own garden it may not be as fresh as you think. Studies show some fresh fruits and veggies can lose up to 45 percent of their nutrients by the time they reach the grocery store. But there’s a solution!
Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and harvested at the peak of ripeness then flash frozen and packaged. With flash freezing, you’re guaranteed produce that is preserved with nutrients intact, plus they’re always in season! With frozen fruits and veggies the washing, peeling, slicing and dicing is already done for you. In celebration of Fruits and Veggies Month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite breakfasts and main courses starring frozen produce.
- Blend up this Tropical Power Smoothie using frozen mango and papaya.
- We bet you didn’t know you can also bake with frozen fruits, like in this moist Cranberry Orange Yogurt Loaf.
- Step up your breakfast game with this Eggs Florentine Veggie Hash Skillet using frozen root vegetable hash browns.
- Start your morning on a healthier note with a Feel-Good Smoothie Bowl.
- Customize these Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Cups with your choice of frozen cauliflower or broccoli tots.
- Use frozen berries to make these Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal Bars for a “berry” sweet breakfast!
- By using frozen chopped pepper and onions in these Philly Cheese Steak Omelet Cups, the prep is already done for you!
- Using frozen fruits in your smoothies like this Strawberry Banana Smoothie means you don’t need ice because its already cold!
- You can also bake with frozen veggies, like in this Carrot Raisin Bread.
- Load up on veggies in the morning much easier with these Breakfast Wraps starring frozen corn and edamame.
- There’s no need to thaw your frozen blueberries beforehand to make these Gluten Free Blueberry Corn Muffin Bites!
- This flavorful Crustless Spinach Quiche uses frozen, pre-chopped spinach for less prep work.
- This Tropical Blend Smoothie Bowl will make you feel like you’re on a vacation in paradise!
Marvelous Main Courses
- This Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Potato Casserole is small on prep time but big on flavor!
- Add some pizazz to your ordinary chili and make this Cranberry Turkey Chili!
- Who wants to take the time to cut up a fresh pineapple? Instead pick up frozen pineapple to make this tangy Lemon Rosemary Pineapple Chicken.
- With September also being National Family Meals Month, having recipes that take 30 minutes or less, like Broccoli Stuffed Portobella Pizzas, are a life-saver!
- There are so many varieties of frozen vegetable blends on the market, like the onion, carrots and celery combination for this One-Pot Penne Bolognese.
- Step up your sloppy Joe game with this recipe for Sweet Heat Cape Cod Sloppy Joes starring frozen cranberries!
- Why make veggie pasta from scratch when you can buy it already frozen like for this Quick Chicken & Spaghetti Vegetable Lo Mein.
- Frozen Southwest blend veggies come in handy to make this fiesta-worthy Mexican Casserole!
- This Gnocchi with Edamame, Carrots, and Brussels Sprouts comes together in a cinch using frozen gnocchi and veggies.
- With fall just around the corner, this Beef Stew will be the hearty meal you’re looking for!
- You can even find frozen mandarin oranges to make this Savory Mandarin Sunshine Pizza!
- There’s no need to make cauliflower rice from scratch for this Skillet Greek Chicken and Riced Cauliflower.
- Be sure to thaw and squeeze the frozen spinach dry before make this Easy Turkey Meatball and Spinach Pita.
- Add a nutritional punch to this Macaroni and Cheese Soup with frozen mixed veggies.
How do you incorporate always in season frozen fruits and veggies? Share with us on social media @EasyHomeMeals.