Cooking from scratch is a great way to eat healthy, but it's not always the most realistic with a busy schedule. Venturing
down the frozen food aisle for some staples can save you serious time and energy in the evenings. And while the frozen food
section often gets a bad rap, it is possible to find healthier options. This week's meal plan combines carefully curated
convenience foods with fresh ingredients to make delicious, easy dinners everyone will love. Be sure to check out the
shopping tips which will help guide you to the healthier items.
Chicken Chili with Sweet
Tons of spice, corn and bell pepper give this healthy one-pot chicken chili recipe Southwestern flair.
Using frozen corn and canned beans speeds up the time it takes to get this dish on the table. Serve the chili with your
favorite hot sauce, tortilla chips and a cold beer. Shopping Tip:
Canned beans are a cheap, fast and healthy
item to keep on hand in your pantry. Choose low-sodium option and rinse canned beans to get rid of excess salt.
Veggie Burger Hash:
riff on corned beef hash uses frozen black bean veggie burgers for an easy, healthy dinner recipe. Some frozen veggie burgers
have a firmer texture than others—the softer ones will crumble more when you mix them into the vegetables. Shopping
Shoot for a veggie burger with 200 mg or less of sodium per patty and skip any brands with added sugar. If you
can't find a brand without added sugar, choose one that has sugar listed as one of the last ingredients.
Ham & Gruyère Hash Brown
This healthy breakfast-for-dinner recipe skips stirring up a traditional batter and uses frozen hash
browns to make crunchy waffles instead. Top the waffles with a little cultured butter and chives or a dollop of whole-grain
mustard and serve with a big green salad. Keep the waffles warm in a 250°F oven between batches, if desired. You can use a
20-ounce bag of shredded fresh potatoes instead of the frozen ones—no need to squeeze them in Step 2. Shopping
For a healthy frozen hash brown, look for one that is unseasoned to save 200-300 mg of sodium per serving.
Eggplant & Mozzarella Stick
In this healthy dinner recipe, wrapping tender slices of eggplant around frozen mozzarella sticks
yields eggplant Parmesan-like results in a fraction of the time. Serve with a leafy green salad for an easy meal.
Choose a brand that has less than 250 mg of sodium per serving with little to no added sugar.
Fish Tacos with Avocado-Lime
If battering and frying fish sounds messy, frozen fish sticks are your fish taco savior in this healthy
dinner recipe. Use them for a quick, kid-friendly dinner or try popcorn shrimp as an alternative. Serve the fish tacos with
your favorite salsa and black beans on the side. Shopping Tip:
To choose a healthy fish stick, opt for one
with 300 mg or less of sodium per serving and with as little added sugar as possible. For a sustainable option, look for the
blue Marine Stewardship Council certified label.
Meatball & Creamed Spinach
Spaghetti and meatballs is a no-brainer, but pairing meatballs with a pile of creamed spinach topped
with marinara and cheese is a flavorful twist. Choose your favorite frozen meatballs—beef, chicken or veggie.
Aim for a brand with no added sugar and 450 mg of sodium or less for a healthy dinner recipe.
Potstickers & Vegetable
Turning frozen potstickers into a complete meal is easy when you add them to a vegetable stir-fry in
this healthy dinner recipe. Customize based on what's in your fridge—carrots, broccoli and mushrooms are all great choices.
Keep it vegetarian with vegetable potstickers or try shrimp or chicken for some additional protein. Shopping
Choose a potsticker with 600 mg or less of sodium per serving.
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