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How to Save Money with Frozen Foods

Need to stock your kitchen with convenience and value? Head to the frozen aisle. A wide array of good-for-you veggies and fruit, along with shortcut, pre-prepped ingredients and side dishes, are often on sale, so check your store's circular for weekly specials and coupons (download your store's app for easy access). These recipes and tips incorporate frozen foods into everyday meals so you can make the most of your time and your grocery budget. 
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1. Frozen makes it easy to cook healthy meals 
Cooking at home is a proven way to ensure your family gets nutritious meals. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use good-for-you shortcuts. Frozen fruits and vegetables pack the same nutritional punch as fresh with a longer shelf life and less prep, so they make the process of making many dishes much faster. Need proof? Frozen broccoli and frozen shelled edamame are a protein power couple in this lightning fast, vegan-friendly cold ramen salad with peanut dressing. 
Cold Ramen Noodle Salad

2.  Frozen helps cut down on prep time 
Frozen onion and pepper mix is an endlessly adaptable kitchen staple that works as the flavor foundation for many cooked dishes. Buying the frozen version is cheaper than prechopped fresh veggies, and less time intensive than chopping them yourself—just don’t try to use them in any dish that requires the texture of fresh, like salsas or salads. Try them in stews, chilis, soups, or this Southwestern-inspired frittata. Bulked up with vitamin and fiber-rich frozen sweet potato fries, it’s a quick, kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Sweet Potato Frittata with Peppers and Onions  

3. Frozen lets you use only as much as you need 
Only want a handful of kale for a smoothie? Need just a little chopped pineapple for a stir fry? Stock your freezer and you’ll always be ready. Using only the amount you need allows you to cook without having to worry about prep time or wasting leftover fresh foods. We love the surprising, sweet-smoky contrast of frozen pineapple and corn with bacon in this better-for-you version of fried rice. You only use half the bag, so you’ll have extra pineapple left over to use in a smoothie later in the week.

Pineapple and Bacon Fried Rice

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