Freezer Power! Best Ingredients for Quick, Healthy Weeknight Meals

Eating Well

Discovering the fridge is empty right when hunger pangs hit is the downfall of many good plans for healthy meals. Knowing you have a few basic ingredients tucked away in the freezer for these moments helps curb the impulse to reach for the take-out menu. Eating Well shares their freezer essentials.I found myself nodding along to many items on this list. Frozen pizza dough? Check! Frozen veggies for quick stir-fries and casseroles? Check! I like their recommendation to freeze chicken tenders, rather than whole chicken breasts or thighs, because the thinner tenders thaw more quickly and can be easily used for a small meal for one or big dish for many.

Some of my personal favorites are missing from this list, though. I love freezing packages of frozen tortellini for a quick pasta dish or hearty dinner salad. I also freeze individual portions of cooked grains for those times when I don't want to wait.

What essential ingredients do you keep in the freezer?

Read the Article: 7 ingredients You Should Always Have in Your Freezer for Fast Healthy Meals from Eating Well

Related: Foolproof Freezer Cookbook by Ghillie James

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