5 Ideas for Cooking with Frozen Foods I Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

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5 Ideas for Cooking with Frozen Foods

Frozen foods can bring a lot of ease to weekly cooking. At a lower cost than fresh foods, they last a long time and reduce food waste. In terms of nutrition, research shows that frozen produce items may actually retain more nutrients than fresh since they are frozen in their freshest state.

Here are some ideas for cooking with frozen foods.

1. Pair proteins with vegetables. Consider buying frozen salmon filets, which are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Simply thaw them the night before you’re ready to eat them and pair with a microwaved bag of frozen veggies.
2. Add fruit to your breakfast. Frozen fruit makes a nutritious addition to oatmeal, yogurt bowls, and muffins. You may also use frozen bananas, berries, and greens for the base of smoothies.
3. Make pizza! You can easily make a pizza with frozen pizza dough or tortillas as a base. Top with tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite frozen vegetables.
4. Enhance skillet meals. Stir-fries are a tasty way to use leftover and frozen ingredients. Mix proteins like tofu, frozen edamame, or shrimp in a large skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add flavor with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Follow with rice or noodles, then mix in your thawed frozen vegetables of choice.

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry
Servings: 4
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
16 ounces large shrimp (frozen pre-cooked, deveined, no tails)
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
Dash of white pepper
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup snow peas 
1.Add sesame oil to a large wok or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
2. Add carrot sticks, sliced bell pepper and mushrooms, and sauté 4 minutes. 
3. Add shrimp, minced garlic, white pepper, and soy sauce. Keep stirring and cook 3 for minutes, then add snow peas and cook 2 more minutes.
4. Serve over rice and enjoy.
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe

Nutrition Information per Serving: 175 calories, 5.4 grams total fat, 1.1 grams of saturated fat, 3.5 grams carbohydrate, 0.5 grams fiber, 26.5 grams protein, 655 milligrams sodium, 277 milligrams potassium, 0.4 grams sugar
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