Getting Your 7-8 From the Freezer?

I recently moved to Prince George, BC from Vancouver. For those of you who don’t know this town it’s located in Northern BC and it snows much of the year making the vegetable and fruit growing seasons short.

Although there are a lot of things I really like about Prince George there are a few things I miss about

Vancouver; like cheap sushi on every corner, Whole Foods, Kitz, the sea wall, the Granville Island farmers market… (Ok so there may be more than a few things I miss) but mostly I miss the vast array of fresh produce and produce stands. The only places to get fresh produce in Prince George are the supermarkets.

English: Fruit on display at La Boqueria marke...

English: Fruit on display at La Boqueria market in Barcelona. Français : Fruits à l’étal dans le marché de La Boqueria à Barcelone. Español: Fruta en el mercado de La Boquería, en Barcelona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even when I do buy fresh veggies and fruits it’s more expensive then in Vancouver and it’s not as fresh because it has to travel so far to get to the North. Instead of sitting around whining about the prices and lack of freshness of produce in Prince George I started using frozen produce.

It’s really easy to incorporate frozen produce into your diet. Not only do frozen vegetables and fruit require minimal prep (no cleaning, washing or pealing) but if they are picked at peak quality they have similar nutritional content to fresh produce.

Here are my helpful tips to incorporating frozen produce into your day:

– add frozen berries into oatmeal or plain Greek yogurt- heat a pan with sesame oil and fry up some tofu with frozen oriental vegetable for a quick and tasty stirfry (add your own sauces and noodles as desired)
– steam frozen mixed vegetables (I like peas, carrots, and corn) and stir into cooked quinoa or rice for a quick pilaf style grain side dish
– stir in frozen mixed vegetables into soups and curries
– Use frozen berries to make pies, cobblers and crisps (see my earlier post for a great recipe
– Use frozen chopped spinach mixed with ricotta, feta and an egg to make a quich or roll into phyllo pastry to make spanakopita (recipe to come)

These are only a few ideas to help you get your 7-8 servings of vegetables and fruit a day!

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