I do love my food.
I also, as regular readers will know well, really hate waste of any kind, particularly food waste.
Wasting food makes me really sad and wherever I can I try and reduce this. We meal plan carefully so we ensure what we buy gets eaten up and I try and not make too much . I also have a fair few leftover recipes up my sleeve.
Despite my good intentions fresh food particularly salad stuff sometimes spoils before I get to use it and this really frustrates me. So sad to throw away a pack of mushrooms that didn’t get eaten because no one fancied what was on the meal plan or because everyone had an impromptu play date that night.
Frozen food doesn’t spoil if you change your meal plan it just sits waiting and not spoiling in the freezer until you are ready..and it doesn’t matter if suddenly there is only one for dinner the rest will not go to waste.
I hate food waste! Such a waste of money and such a shame too!
But there is another reason I like frozen food so much. It’s because I really am not one to stand for hours chopping and slicing, peeling, cleaning and washing up. Frozen food provides a quick way of getting great fruit and veg packed with nutrients for much less effort. Now that’s the kind of cooking I like.
Due to how quickly harvested food can now be frozen frozen food often retains is nutrition better than fresh. Research has also shown it can save families up to £250 a year. Blimey that is a worthwhile;e saving to make!
I was given some vouchers recently to go and buy some frozen food and cook a great recipe with them. Frozen food doesn’t have to mean processed or ready prepared. Most of my money went on lovely quick frozen nutrient packed veggies and I turned them into a gorgeous Cumberland Pie.
Here is my recipe (inspired by my Slimming World eating plan!)
Sunflower oil fry light
600g Quorn mince
i large onion
1/2 a pepper
900g mashed potatoes
400ml of Vegetable stock
I 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
160 g low fat medium white cheddar
How to cook….
1. Heat the over to 200c gas mark 6
2. Spray a large frying pan with the low fat cooking spray and fry the onion till soft
3, Add the mushrooms, pepper, quorn mince and carrots and cook for 5 mins on a medium heat stirring occasionally
4. Add tomatoes, vegetable stock and seasoning and stir well, add peas and carrots too
5. Simmer for around half an hour
6. Microwave frozen mash for as long as it says on the packet (usually around 5 mins)
7. Stir in 50g of low fat cheese into mash.
8. Spoon mince into an oven proof dish and add mash and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
9. Bake in the oven for 40 mins or until golden.
I’m working with Britmums and Coolcookery.co.uk highlighting the versatility, economy and nutritional benefits of cooking with frozen food. All opinions are my own. For recipes and ideas visit http://bit.ly/coolcookery