5 reasons to choose frozen

One of the most insignificant things that people want to shame others for is eating frozen dinners. When you’ve worked all day and the kids need to eat, sometimes chucking frozen meals or meats into the oven is the easiest way to make sure that everyone eats a good dinner before bed. Not everyone has the time to make gourmet meals from scratch, with homemade sauces and everything chopped fresh. 

Does that mean you’re not eating well? Absolutely not. Sometimes, choosing frozen Mexican food or frozen Chinese food is a quick, convenient way to eat and it’s still nutritious. You can still eat just as well on frozen food as eating on fresh foods and when you utilize frozen food, you can save time and make easy meals that are filling and healthy. With this in mind, here are five reasons to go ahead and choose frozen.

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  1. Packed with nutrients. It’s a common misconception that frozen food is less nutritious than fresh foods. The thing is that through the winter some of the fresh fruits and veggies aren’t available all year around. Once the veg is picked in the summer, it’s blanched and flash frozen, which locks in all of the nutrients to make sure that the food tastes amazing. Frozen fish and meats are just as good-tasting, too.
  2. It’s affordable. Frozen foods are cheaper than fresh foods, and that’s a fact. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t taste as good! There is less waste, less spoilage and you can keep the food for longer. Fresh carrots are often more expensive than a bag of frozen carrots, and the bag of frozen carrots will last longer.
  3. They’re easy. There is nothing easier than breaking open a bag of already chopped veggies and chicken and making a meal out of it. Everything is usually trimmed, portioned and packed up for you, so you don’t have to worry about standing around chopping and storing anything. You can steam most frozen veggies, too, which makes for much tastier meals and they’re easy to prepare.
  4. A sensible option. Frozen meats, fish and veggies can all be prepared for a delicious meal just as fresh food can, so not all frozen food has to be nuggets and pizza. It’s very easy to throw on pizza and garlic bread, but it’s even better to throw on meat, veggies and delicious sauces. You can even add frozen fruit to a blender and have delicious smoothies without having to buy in tons of fresh fruit that could go bad.
  5. You can be creative. There are so many options with cuisines and flavors when you choose frozen foods. You can buy fried chicken, Mexican, Indian – no matter where the food is around the world, you can buy it frozen and cook it up as you please. You can try new and added veggies in sauces, so frozen food doesn’t have to be boring.frozen 

Next time you are planning your meals for the week, make sure that you don’t discount the frozen section. You can believe it’ll be a good option for you!

** This was a contributed post.

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diner dates

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 9.47.39 PMLately, my husband and I have been going out to eat at diners rather than full-fledged restaurants. I am either very picky or very simple when it comes to food, I know what I like and I never stray from my favourites. This includes anything in cheese or pizza form. My husband, on the other hand, tends to pick the most random thing on the menu for his meal. I’m talking an awkward combination of both savoury and sweet. Half of the time he ends up really enjoying it, while the other half he’s not so impressed, but will eat it anyway. He’s a real trooper. Although I admire his adventurousness, I would never choose my meals this way. Once I know that I like something, I could live with it forever. Maybe that’s why I got married so young. Just kidding.

Diner Dates 1There are two diners in particular that we could eat at over and over again. One is called Jerry’s Food Emporium. Known mostly for its ice cream and 100% Angus beef, it is an extremely popular place all year round. So much so that there are two locations in our city of 300,000 residents. Funny story, when my parents first moved here, they lived on one of the most expensive streets in the city. My stepdad, who is named Gerald, or Gerry for short, was asked by their contractors if he owned the diner Jerry’s since they thought he had a lot of money. Well, he doesn’t, and those contractors didn’t stick around much longer after that. But we still laugh about it to this day!

Diner Dates 2On this particular night, we went to the food emporium prior to a movie date. Geoffrey got two different flavours of ice cream, of course, and I stuck to a plate of fries and vinegar. I’m not sure if it’s the decor or the food, but Jerry’s is my second favourite diner to eat at in the city.

Diner Dates 4My absolute favourite diner in the city is called Pink Cadillacs Malt Shop & Diner. There are two main reasons why I love this place. The first is because of the really carby and cheesy theme food. The second is the ambiance. From the decor, to the 1950s and 60s music that continuously plays, to the wait staff’s poodle skirts. The whole dining experience is unlike any other contemporary restaurant. 

Diner Dates 5The first time Geoffrey and I went, I was awestruck. You know when you watch classic films and you sit there thinking, ‘I would give anything to be able to live in that era,’ or, ‘man, I was born in the wrong decade.’ Everything just looked so dreamy and carefree in the 1950s. Well, stepping into Pink Cadillacs is like stepping into a time machine. Never have I felt more at home than when I am actually in my own home. Or place of work. Or gym. You get the picture.

Here are some of the items that are on the menu:

Diner Dates 8The Fonz Sandwich
Pan seared salmon, tartar sauce, fresh sprouts and potato chip garnish. Served on a roasted garlic potato bun.

Ring of Fire
Sunny side up fried egg, jalapeno havarti, cilantro, banana peppers and chipotle aioli.

The Danny Zuko
Back bacon, aged white cheddar and caramelized onions.

The Beatnik Hotdog
Braised sauerkraut, dijon mustard and caramelized onions.

Tell me, do you have any favourite diners that you visit?

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Emory

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