Going Beyond the Reheat

Happy National Frozen Foods Day!

Weekends can be so packed that we rarely have time to visit our favorite farmer’s market to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the week ahead. And these winter months can place even more limits on the bounty of “fresh.” But have no fear, because frozen fruits and vegetables can be tasty, packed with nutrients, and heated in just seconds in a microwave. We know there is a lot of talk about microwaves zapping the nutrients right out, but according to Harvard Health Publications, “the cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible. Microwaving meets those criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water essentially steams food from the inside out. That keeps more vitamins and minerals than almost any other cooking method.”

That’s great news for those crazy days when there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to check everything off the to-do list and still get your daily intake of fruits and veggies.  Microwave models like the Sharp R-1874TY 1.1 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over-the-Range Microwave are perfect for heating up frozen fruits and vegetables in seconds. Here are a few of our favorite healthy and speedy recipes!

Omelette in a Mug

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 3.21.26 PMWe’ve all been there, the alarm doesn’t go off for whatever reason, and suddenly there isn’t enough time to shower and get ready, let alone eat a full and balanced breakfast. Thankfully, we discovered this microwave mug recipe that combines protein packed eggs with frozen veggies to receive that extra kick we need in the morning so we can go out and seize the day. Simply whisk two eggs in a microwave safe mug and throw in some favorite frozen vegetables (we love peppers, onions and kale in our morning omelets). Stir in some shredded cheese and microwave for about two minutes. Added bonus: this recipe is portable, so it can be eaten on the go!

Blueberry Microwave Mug Cake

foodiesfeed.com_blueberries-on-a-marketBlueberries are some of our favorite fruits but they are only in season for a short time. We love to take advantage of the picking season and get a few extra pounds to put in the freezer and snack on over the course of the year. One of our favorite frozen berry recipes is a blueberry microwave mug cake for those nights when we’re craving a sweet treat. Combine melted butter, sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a microwave safe mug and stir in baking powder and flour. Top with a handful of frozen blueberries and microwave for about 45 seconds or until the berries are fully cooked.

Raspberry Syrup Drizzle

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 3.22.30 PMOne of our favorite add-ons to spice up our everyday foods is fresh raspberry syrup made simply with frozen berries. It pairs perfectly with some Greek yogurt in the mornings or on top of vanilla ice cream for dessert. Take about one cup of seedless frozen raspberries and place in a microwave safe bowl. Stir in some sugar and cook until berries release their juices. Then pop in a blender to make the syrup smooth. Serve with some yogurt, ice cream or just eat right out of the bowl Yum!

We can’t wait to celebrate this national food holiday over the course of this week by whipping up all of these recipes whenever we are pressed for time or in need or something fast and sweet! Let us know how you plan on celebrating National Frozen Foods Day this year in the comments below!

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