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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Freshly Frozen Foods Will Keep Your Family Out of The Drive-Thru

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine.

Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh

Good morning Lovelies! I am super excited for today's post. It is one that I have had in the works for a bit. The idea for this post happened after I received numerous emails from readers asking how you could save your family money, when cooking, time, and you being in the kitchen didn't always go together. We are busy ladies and gents, who want to do right by our family...especially those little nuggets we call children. We all want to serve our family the best meal possible and hopefully keep ourselves within our budgets as we do so. I am just like you. I want to do the exact same thing.

Your emails got me thinking...and I thought a lot about how I still save, serve my family yummy meals, and keep my family out of the drive thru when days get hectic. I knew I had to share my tips and tricks for just that.

I know that not everyone has a love for cooking. For some us, being in a hot kitchen is the last place you want to find yourself at the end of the day. I get it. Seriously I do. I know that my "instagram life" may show perfectly made pizzas and rolls, but I am like any other busy Mom...sometimes days get busy and I am not able to make a complete meal from scratch. When this happens I always have some backups to keep myself and my family out of the drive-thru.
Having backups are key to saving your family money. Life happens and sometimes our best thought out plans go awry. Having a few saving graces in your freezer will help you stay within budget and again not succumb to the golden arches. 

fresh vs frozen -Freezing naturally pauses delicious recipes made with fresh, quality ingredients and suspends them there until the moment you’re ready to enjoy them, locking in freshness, flavor and nutrients. Whether we make our frozen meals from scratch or we purchase them from the store, we can all stock our freezers with goodies that will help make our lives a bit easier.

Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh

There are so many benefits of frozen foods. Freezing is simply nature’s pause button, nothing more, nothing less. Having foods Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh. Freezing is a natural way to lock in the freshness and nutrition of your favorite foods. People’s tastes may vary, but we can all agree that fresh is fantastic. We will all have our favorite saving graces stocked in our freezers. 
Today I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. These are my go to when the day gets away from me....you know when life happens and the children run a muck and you need to fill tummies fast. We've all been there right?

Some of our favorite go to frozen meals are in these pictures. Some days, especially lately as I log in late night hours on this blog and book, I tend to hit the snooze button a few more times then usual. When this happens I wake up to hungry red heads, who need breakfast before we start our morning of lessons (FYI we homeschool year round). When I this happens, and I am out of homemade frozen pancakes, I turn to Toaster Strudel and Eggo Waffles. These are such a treat for my kiddos. They love being able to make these themselves and this Momma loves getting a yummy breakfast made by little hands as well. We love to top ours with fresh strawberries and homemade syrup :) I buy these when they are on sale and I can combine a coupon. When I am able to do that, the savings make it a no brainer.

Another one we love are the Stouffer's French Bread Pizza. When the night has snuck up on you fast and you need a meal in a flash, try out these pizzas. They are under $4 a box and are ready in under 10 minutes. You can have a yummy, quick meal ready for your family quicker then it takes to drive down to get fast food. Plus it taste so much better! I love to pair this one with a fresh salad or cooked vegetables. Super simple, but oh so yummy!

Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh

We also love Morning Star products. These are perfect for when you want to go meatless. My littles will gobble up the Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers. They haven't figured out it isn't real meat yet. Two points for Mom. Woot Woot! We serve them with fresh veggies or fruit salad and some Ore-Ida Steak Fries. Sprinkle with some Lawrys Seasoning Salt before baking, and you have restaurant quality fries for a fraction of the cost!

Oh and don't think I forgot about dessert. I am a baker at heart and love to whip things up in my kitchen, but in the summer I can't bare to turn that oven on. That's when I turn to ice box treats, like Edward's Chocolate Cream Pie. Oh my heck ladies! This is ridiculously good..it is heavenly. I love the singles, since it offers this momma portion control. If not, I'd be eating the whole dang thing! haha!

So give yourself a little bit of slack and stock your freezer with a few frozen goodies, to help keep your family fed. Many Frozen food companies are creating quality meals, without preservatives....foods that are frozen quickly for optimum freshness. They are easy to prep, so anybody can make these for their families, stay within budget, and create a healthy meal. Find these on sale, combine coupons, and save!

So whether you are a "from scratch cook" or a momma who needs a bit more help, you can do it! I know you can!

What are your go to frozen foods when the day gets tough?

XO Danielle

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27 comments:

  1. I like to keep french fries and tator tots on hand, also pizzas and the occasional dessert. Frozen fruits and veggies are great because fresh often go bad before I can use them up and also they're less expensive when they're out of season. Mostly though, I use my freezer to stock up on sale priced meats and baked goods and other perishables.

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    1. Absolutely! I totally agree. Those back ups are life savers:)

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  2. I am very hesitant to criticize, but the grammar, spelling, and punctuation on this blog, this post in particular, could use some attention. I am a regular reader, but find the errors very distracting and unprofessional. I know it is difficult to put out a lot of content quickly, but I do think a little more attention to detail would lead to a larger following for your blog.

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    1. While grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all very important, I don't think it's right of you to bash this nice lady when she's just trying to help others. And if you really want to help, maybe next time don't be anonymous. Your comment was rude, and you know it, otherwise you would have no problem posting your name.

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    2. I understand that grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all very important. But, I think it's very rude of you to get on this nice woman's blog and bash her. She has wonderful ideas, and let me just say, I know my auto correct on my phone will change words to something I didn't write, nor catch while writing. And maybe next time you can leave your name, instead of anonymous, if you're really that interested in helping.

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    3. You're right, Lorrie. I cringe when I see typos, but would never point them out to someone unless I were correcting their homework. This blogger has heavy responsibilities. It's a wonder she can blog at all!

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    4. I'm a different anon, but I tend to agree. I cringe when I read some of her stuff - and to think she's homeschooling her kids and passing the same mistakes on to them! (And btw, what's with the "Ooooh, but you're posting anon" crap? I could call myself Queen Elizabeth if you'd like - it wouldn't be true; but how do I know you're really Lorrie Bennett? What's a name got to do with anything?)

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    5. I just want to say that I feel like Danielle is doing a great job. She writes as if she is having a conversation with us. She invites into her home, shares her thoughts and feelings with us, and addresses us as if we were a friend. To accomplish this she writes with a vernacular style that makes us feel as if we are in the same room with her. As if we were just chatting friend to friend.

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    6. Wow. Just, wow. Anonymous, how dare you hide behind your screen and tear Danielle down like this? "Unprofessional"? What kind of blog do you think this is? She isn't giving career advice or ways to expand your portfolio! It's a blog for MOMS who are trying to save money and do the best they can for their families when money is tight. Obviously you are not "hesitant" to criticize and I feel sorry for you that you need to find someone to criticize in order to make yourself feel better. As for the other "Anonymous" who are you to comment on Danielle's ability to homeschool her children? Obviously you don't and therefore should not comment on things you know nothing about. Homeschooling is a huge undertaking and a very selfless thing to do and she should be commended for it. Do you think public school teachers use perfect grammar and punctuation all the time just because they are teachers? Do you? Good heavens, I do feel sorry for those that feel so bad about themselves that they need to tear someone else down in order to raise themselves up.

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    7. If you "cringe when you read some of her stuff", why are you still following and reading her? It's not mandatory, you know? There must be something positive that you are getting out of this blog. I can't imagine someone would follow just to point out mistakes or tell the author what she's doing wrong, that would be sad!

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  3. Might as well as go to the drive thru because these items pack the same amount of sodium, sugar, preservatives, dyes, additives as the fast food joints. Better off buying fresh, organic, local produce. Grow your own and you'll really save money, show the kids where the food really comes from. Waffles don't grow out the ground.

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    1. I totally agree with you Sanni! My sentiments exactly!

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    2. It's no worse to have the occasional "treat food" from your freezer than to have it at the drive through, as most families do occasionally, and it's cheaper. I believe her main point was salvaging a rough day without breaking the budget.

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    3. Actually there are no scientific studies showing that organic food is any better for you, in a nutritional sense, than non-organic food. Ditto local food. Indeed the benefit to the environment of fresh/local food is somewhat questionable too (for instance, is it really good for the environment that California - a state prone to *massive* droughts - is something of a food bowl?)

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  4. I think there were so many good tips in this article today. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas on stocking up my freezer. As far as Anonymous goes I think you would be more professional if you told us who you are.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it. It really is about having a back up in your freezer whether you make it homemade or purchase it from the store. Having those backups can save your family time and money when the day gets away from you.

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  5. I agree with Nancy 100%!!! I always have back up in my freezer. Strange & funny how Anonymous people can be unkind.

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  6. Alot of these frozen foods that you have pictured are very unhealthy and have GMO ingredients in them. I guess since it is a sponsored post you have to promote this stuff. I usually like most of your posts but not this one. This is just my opinion.

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  7. Freezer foods are good for the occasional quick meal, and they do save money over fast food. But I disagree that the options you listed are generally healthy or fresh. Life happens, and we do our best. I just probably would be more realistic about the good and bad of freezer meals.

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  8. Just found your blog from the Wake Up Wednesday link up and I'm glad I stumbled across it! I'm excited to be following along via Bloglovin'! Looking forward to reading more! :)

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  9. This is a great blog article! I personally love the breakfast hot pockets, and I find that if I freeze bagles, they last longer than just leaving them out or in the fridge.

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    1. Great tip! Thanks so much for sharing! Freezing helps to make things last longer, so we don't waste our money on food that goes bad before we get to eat it.

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  10. Thanks for keeping your blog real! While not ideal sometimes life gets in the way and a frozen dinner is still cheaper than the drive thru. I've been buying the 4pkg of foil "doggie bags" at dollar tree and freezing leftovers so that we have our own tv dinners. Helps with food waste too because all food is immediately frozen so it doesn't get pushed back in the fridge and forgotten about.

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    1. Absolutely! I knew I would receive some heat for this article but I agree with everything I wrote. Sometimes life happens and we need a back up. Also for some families who either don't know how to cook or financially are struggling this is something they can do to save money and still feed their families. I am glad you loved my "realness". I try:)

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  11. You go girl!! Lets face it, nearly everyone has those crazy days when little ceasars or mcdonalds is the only realistic option. Since we know convenience food is needed at times, why not plan ahead and not blow our budget in the process? Keep up the good work Danielle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Great post! I love to learn more freezer food tips. Quick meals are always great when we've been gone in the afternoon and I'm too tired to cook something. I love that you add veggies and/or fruit to your meals, too. Great tips! Great blog!

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  13. I'm usually a health foodie, but I'm not prefect and I indulge. What I like about this idea is avoiding unnecessary gas usage. Because I don't have freezer food on hand, I tend to drive somewhere and spend more money than I planned. I'm really trying to get better about that!

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