Fresh foods are ready right away as a quick, healthy snack or as a key ingredient in making a dish taste fresh and flavorful. We’re lucky to have our favorite produce items available in store even during their off-seasons for us to use year-round. However, fresh produce sourced from local farmers tends to have richer flavors since produce is picked when fully ripe and shipped a short distance compared to international sourcing. This is why frozen fruit and vegetables is something to take advantage of.
Picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen, frozen fruits and vegetables maintain their nutritional value and flavors and can be kept on hand much longer and in any season. The frozen food section sometimes is easily overlooked with the thought of, “There’s nothing healthy for me in that section.” But, that’s not the case! Consider picking up a bag of your favorites and using any of these recipes to make a meal or a snack as a quick alternative to fresh or when you don’t have fresh options available.