What I Ate (Previously) Frozen

by Sarah on February 26, 2014 · 13 comments

Considering I saw High School Musical 3 the weekend it came out in the theaters, and once went on a date to see The Princess & The Frog, it truly took me a ridiculously long time to go see Frozen.IMG_20140223_151650

Luckily, my friend Emily was up for pretending we were small children last weekend–and left her actual small child at home–so we could indulge in a little “Why was that the best movie I’ve seen in a long time?” fun.disneys-frozen-2013-screenshot-anna

Me: Princess Anna is so…ME.

Emily: (Simultaneously) Princess Anna is so..YOU.

Am I right?

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Regardless of just how much I may or may not resemble–perhaps more in awkwardness than appearance–Princess Anna, I DO have a love of all things frozen. Because I know Jenn is also a fan of the freezer, (previously) FROZEN is the theme of today’s What I Ate Wednesday contribution

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While perhaps y’all may question the deliciousness of roasting previously frozen Brussels sproutsyou cannot deny the convenience of previously frozen greens.

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When you know they are going to be cooked, they are also 548%* more cost efficient.

*Not mathematically calculated.IMG_3083 (1024x683)

Why spend twice as much to cook down fresh greens to nothing, if you’re just going to cover up the natural flavor with an Indian-spiced, and mango infused, korma sauce?IMG_4323 (1024x683)

No, no, an 89 cent box of frozen chopped spinach is the way to go.IMG_4373 (1024x682)

Especially when the (also previously frozen) mango can be a little bit pricier to come by.

But (mang-) OH so worth it.

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In the early days of my blog (2010!) I professed my love for frozen mango, and I maintain that it is one of the best frozen fruits in which to invest, as the flavor and texture doesn’t change in the thawing process, and you get a WHOLE lot more bang mang (?) for your buck than trying to carve out fresh.IMG_4493 (1024x681)

I have been baking it with bananas and/or apples and a bit of ginger for topping my oatmeal.IMG_3908 (1024x683)

It tastes great with nuts, nut butter, or maybe perhaps (yes, from the freezer) Vega caramelized* savi seeds.

*which the company spells with a ‘k,’ but that’s both incorrect AND wrong

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Another previously frozen produce winner is the humble pea. Not just the shelled, sweet green variety, but the steamable sugar snap sort as well.IMG_4452 (1024x683)

Even though The Professor slightly mocked my microwaveable approach to the vegetable side for my Sweet Potato Coconut Massaman Fish CurryIMG_20140222_200753_538 (1024x576)

…I maintain that those steam-in-the-microwave bags are an excellent time saver, especially when you cook them one minute less than the recommended time. [That way, they stay crispy!]IMG_4638 (1024x683)

Of course, I usually only buy them if they are on sale, much like that frozen salmon I stumbled upon, and turned into a phenomenal lunch box creation with quinoa and coconut-miso glazed parsnips and carrots.IMG_4646 (1024x683)

That salmon–although sporting suspiciously squared edges–is really pretty good (especially seasoned with sesame ginger sprinkle), and cooks quickly in the oven. It tasted great with the last of that Spinach Mango Korma I just talked about five or so pictures ago.IMG_4755 (1024x681)

Now, excuse me for  little bit while I go figure out what to do with my newly replenished stock of frozen goodies…

 

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate February 26, 2014 at 2:57 am

Ooh I need to go buy frozen mango now…

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables February 26, 2014 at 7:30 am

I have got to see frozen! I coach 2nd-4th grade cheerleading and my girls have told me that it’s REALLY good ;)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

Your freezer is like a fantasy land mirage in my head. If the world ends, I’m running to you because I think you could feed me for weeks. ;)

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Tatum | EATS from the oil patch blog February 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

DANG girl you make frozen foods look GOOD

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert February 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Love your freezer reviews! Mango – oh yes please – in a smoothie or on a plate – anytime anywhere.

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Alex @ Alex Tries it Out February 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I know people hate on frozen veggies, but it’s A. So much cheaper. and B. Convenient … which translates to me being more likely to even EAT vegetables. Which, isn’t that the point???

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Maria February 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Oh my gosh – you ARE Princess Anna and I mean that in the most positive way.

Fact: Brandon and I watch the ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ Youtube video every single day.

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 27, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I so want to see Frozen!!! and I want that curry!!!!!!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I like those microwaveable bags of rice/quinoa/grains in a pinch. You’re not alone.
I think my freezer and your freezer should hook up. Imagine the food babies.

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Calee March 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

we should really compare freezer pics on instagram or something. haha

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Ohhh, I need to invest in some frozen mango for sure…peeling and cutting those little buggers is NO JOKE! I just tried those CARamelized savi seeds like an hour ago…I was hesitant to try them because I think the original ones taste like ass. These were ok…kinda like a sweeter version of…yep, ass! ;)

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