Frozen Food Favorites

There’s nothing better than fresh fruits and veggies, but sometimes I have to rely on frozen food to get me by. Not only is it super convenient, it also tends to be cheaper, and it keeps for a lot longer. The issue is usually navigating through the freezer section, to find things that aren’t loaded up with artificial ingredients and preservatives.

So I made a quick little list of some of my frozen food staples.

Frozen Foods I Love

frozen foods I like

Frozen Fruit 

  • Berries last longer and they’re much cheaper, especially when they are out of season! I also like to freeze my bananas when they start getting too ripe. (Peel them first!)

Ezekiel bread (or any sprouted grain bread)

  • It keeps longer in the freezer, and a few minutes in the toaster brings it right back to life!

Vitatops (and VitaCakes)

  • They’re kind of expensive, but they’re pretty tasty! You could also just make these apple pie oatmeal  muffins and freeze them.

Frozen dinners (without the weird stuff)

  • Amy’s makes some of my favorites, but I also like Kashi and Lightlife.

Frozen dinners can come in handy if I need to pack my lunch, or I don’t have time to cook something. I like that the sprouted grain bread keeps in the freezer (really, any kind of bread would) so it doesn’t go stale before I can finish the loaf. And I actually prefer frozen berries for yogurt and smoothies! Vitatops make a great dessert when you just need something sweet.

 

Things I Don’t Love

  • Steamed broccoli- I just don’t think this tastes great. It’s not bad in a stir fry, but fresh is so much tastier
  • Frozen meals with 10,000 ingredients- Take a look at what’s in there… and watch out for strange preservatives and chemicals
  • Soy crumbles- I really wanted to like these, but I used them in this vegetarian chili and I just hated the texture

 

What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) frozen foods?

Comments

  1. Yup, I must always have ezekiel!! The best :D
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  2. Frozen berries are a must for my freezer!
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  3. Sometimes you can find a big box of Yves Ground Round in the frozen section. This is hands-down the best ground beef substitute there is. It’s nice to have on hand to easily veggie-ize any recipe you find that involves ground beef, especially when you’re cooking for a large group.

    http://www.yvesveggie.com/products/detail.php/meatless-ground-round-original

  4. I always keep frozen fruit on hand for smoothies! I also love frozen peas as they easily bulk up any meal :) They’re good in a pasta dish with lots of nutritional yeast!
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  5. what a great idea for a post babe!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) I most frequently buy Ezekiel products from the frozen area :) Otherwise, everything is fresh! Oh, and some fish I buy frozen, too :)
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  6. Yes frozen produc really helps!! I love frozen fruit to throw into smoothies that way I dont need any ice. And frozen veggies are just so much easier sometimes, since they dont need any prep!
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  7. I never remember to grab frozen fruit at the grocery store; I always head straight for the frozen spinach! It’s definitely one of my freezer staples. I also normally have some veggie burgers for a quick meal…and I freeze a ton of my homemade burgers, muffins, cookies, etc. ;)
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  8. I always keep frozen berries and bananas on hand. And for a quick vegetarian meal in a pinch, I do like using Quorn crumbles.
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  9. I eat frozen veggies all.the.time. Love me some brussels sprouts & peas! As for other faves, those Quorn “chiken” patties are really good as are Trader Joe’s enchis in a pinch. Sometimes we all need a lil’ help from the microwave, fact of life! :)
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  10. VitaTops have been my favorite for a few years now–I don’t think they have that “fake” taste and they satisfy a chocolate craving!
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  11. I love ezekiel bread. As for frozen food in general, Trader Joe’s frozen mashed sweet potatoes are my favorite. I’ve never tried vitatops though!
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  12. I loove love love Vita Tops too.
    And lately I have been loving Edy’s Frozen Yogurt – the caramel candied pecan kind!
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  13. I agree with the frozen meals! Totally gross when it’s a long list of things. I do like the vegan Boca burgers though. They aren’t too bad tasting. I agree half with the broccoli…I like when other people steam it using fresh lol, not me. I do hate the frozen kind though…yuck!
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  14. LOOOVE Ezekiel :D Especially their cinnamon raisin English muffins haha I go through those like crazy :) I have actually never tried a vita muffin, but they always look tasty!
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  15. Frozen fruits are a MUST for me, with blueberries and mangoes being my absolute favorite. Then there’s Amy’s pizza, Nature’s Path waffles, Ezekiel English muffins, and frozen veggies… but NEVER spinach. Oh! And… does ice cream count as a frozen food? ;)

  16. I COMPLETELY agree with you about frozen broccoli. I’ll put it in my stir-fry but…by itself…not very good :(

    Also, I ended up buying some Ezekiel bread last week and really like it :) Thanks for reviewing on your blog. It’s a new favorite of mine too!
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  17. Ah yay! Thanks for those awesome reviews :) I’ve been wanting “sprout” bread too. And I didn’t know Kashi made pasta… I love their cereal.
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  18. Omg I think we are one in the same person – I always peel almost too ripe bananas and put them in the freezer for smoothies!!!! I have to admit I love frozen broccoli – just bc it’s super easy and doesn’t go bag. my all time favorite frozen veggie is peeled edamame – made it for dinner tonight!

  19. Van’s Gluten-Free Frozen Waffles are a big hit with my clients! Have you ever tried them? They’re pretty good.

  20. Oh gosh. I seriously love those vita tops. They are so good and such a yummy snack for a low amount of calories when you want something sweet. I like frozen dumplings. The legit kind from asian markets. Those are the cats meow lol. I also enjoy some amy’s frozen meals – mainly the vegetarian pasta one with asparagus and broccoli.
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  21. Liz, you should try Dr. Praeger’s brand burgers…minimal ingredient list and very tasty! Perfect for when you need something quick. :)

  22. Nice choices! Love that you are honest about the need for frozen or quick dinners occasionally. I think it is so great to see real life on blogs besides just the healthy stuff, and now I am so gonna try that Kashi meal :)
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  23. Least Favorite: Soy Crumbles. Oh man, just like you… I really wanted to like them. I tried them, and forced Joshua to eat them thinking they wouldn’t be bad. Wow, I felt bad for feeding him such a nasty dinner, lol
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  24. Frozen bananas! I have to have them in our freezer at all times for smoothies, banana ice cream and to occasionally dip into nut butter :-)
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  25. Frozen fruits and veggies for sure!!!
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  26. I love Ezekiel bread. It is seriously the best, especially toasted or as the base of a grilled cheese sandwich. So delicious!
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  27. I like the Ezekial english muffins. And I keep a lot of frozen banana pieces in the freezer to throw into smoothies!
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  28. I need to try sprouted bread. I love Amy’s frozen meals and frozen berries too. I need to get some Kashi meals to change things up, but I try not to rely on frozen meals for lunch. Until this week, I was doing pretty good at keeping them stocked in my freezer and not touching them. I feel so lazy when it’s freezing cold outside!
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  29. Jolly Green Giant green beans are actually pretty good! I also keep veggie burgers and brown rice in my freezer for easy week night dinners. We do eat the steamed broccoli but I like the roasted versions MUCH better. That was tonight’s dinner : ) TJ’s has a great frozen oatmeal that I would recommend and a tasty frozen spinach artichoke dip.
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  30. Oooh I haven’t tried those Vita-Tops ever, but people SWEAR by ‘em. Might be just the thing for this gal’s massive sweet tooth!
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  31. I go back and forth about frozen food myself, sometimes I find myself buying all kinds of Trader Joes yummy frozen things and assume they are healthy then realize woahh they are not. Those berries look incredible though! Whenever I get them they look all macerated and unripe. I will need to get the kind you get because alternately if I buy them fresh they go bad in 2.5 seconds

  32. Does coconut milk ice cream count? Or Cool Whip? [Technically you keep it in the freezer...] :)

    Actually, I love using frozen bell peppers in stews, when they are going to cook down anyway. I will often use a frozen stir fry blend just to make a quick dinner…it is much cheaper than buying all the individual ingredients. I used to love to buy the sugar snap peas frozen and steam them just a little so they were still crispy–it was cheaper than buying them fresh and I could add them to salads and such.

    Frozen Brussells sprouts aren’t that bad if you thaw them and then roast them.
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  33. Haha, that’s so weird… I LOVE frozen broccoli steamed. I have it almost every day!
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  34. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is great, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about Frozen Food Favorites – I Heart Vegetables .

  35. I’m vegetarian and I love to make twice as much vegi bolognaise and then freeze half of it to use on jacket potatoes another day.
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